Why Should Kids Play Ping-Pong/Table Tennis? – Samson Dubina


Everyone loves to play ping-pong® (also referred to as table tennis), especially kids! Even starting as young as five years old, kids love the excitement of the game.  Many parents don’t realize the many benefits to playing this sport. They should know that table tennis training can develop character in children.

I hear many coaches trying the convince parents to have their kids take table tennis lessons because the kids can travel the world or get a $80,000 college scholarship, or become a pro table tennis player in Europe.  These things sound good on the surface, but many parents would still rather put their children into baseball or basketball.  Training and competing in table tennis actually develops character as I will describe in the following paragraphs.

Table tennis teaches kids how to work hard.  Table tennis takes hard work both physically and mentally.  No one develops a table tennis game in a week or a month.  It takes consistent hard work over ten years to develop to the top level.  This hard work will carry over to other areas of life, even college or career.

Table tennis teaches kids about physical fitness and diet.  Fitness on and off the table tennis court is a daily routine for the top player.  Developing good fitness and diet habits will last a lifetime and change a player for the rest of his or her life.

Table tennis teaches kids about success and failure.  Unfortunately, life is full of both success and failure.  How should a table tennis player react when losing?  How should he or she react when things aren’t going their way?  These same lessons will help them mature throughout their teen years and beyond.

Table tennis teaches kids about marketing.  In order to fund travel and training for table tennis, many students need to learn to market themselves.  Kids will learn how to talk to sponsors and how to best promote their sponsors’ products.

Table tennis teaches kids how to handle pressure.  Many table tennis players can practice well but can’t convert it to the match.  The coach will teach the students what to think between points, how to react to good and bad points, how to handle conflict, and how to think clearly even in a high pressure situation.  This is vitally important for any career whether it be a job interview, a speech, or any other public job.

Table tennis really does benefit other areas of life.  The habits developed early will influence a child for the rest of their life.

Samson Dubina

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