In just a few short weeks, we will be done with training in Samson's basement and completely moved in to the NEW Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy! Join us this year for some excellent tournaments and summer camps for all ages and levels!!!
Three months ago, Sarah Jalli was crowned champion of the US Open in Las Vegas for the u11 girls' event! Just after turning 12, she entered the US National Ranking Tournament in Davie, Florida (March 29-April 1). Each player was allowed to enter up to 2 of the events - u12, u13, u15, or u18. Sarah chose to skip the u12 and enter the u13 and u15. First, she played the u15 and finished #10 in the US... not bad. Then she began dominating the u13 with 8 consecutive wins against girls from across the nation. If she finished 1st or 2nd, she would make the US National Team.
When coaching 5-6 year old kids, about 50% of your time should be on fun drills and 50% of your time should be on structured training.
When coaching more serious players, about 5% of your time should be on fun drill and 95% of your time should be on structured training.
Unless they are developing bad habits, fun drills can also be a means of improvement by adding more dexterity and more concentration!