The 2017 World Championship of Ping Pong

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The sixth annual World Championship of Ping Pong will be held at Alexandra Palace, London, January 28-29, 2017.

This exciting event features traditional sandpaper table tennis rackets and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The tournament format includes four sessions, with a double elimination group stage featuring eight groups played out on eight ping pong tables on Saturday afternoon, then the last 32 compete for the finals on Saturday evening.

Day 2 of the tournament on Sunday afternoon includes the last 16 while the evening session includes the four quarter-finals followed by the two semi-finals, then the final championship match.

All matches will be played best of three games and to 15 points, except the final which is best of five sets.

$100,000 total prize fund is up for grabs!

Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit http://www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net/.

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Robo-Pong is the Perfect Holiday Gift

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#1.) Practically anyone can play ping pong with Robo-Pong – any age, gender, skill or athletic level.

#2.) Learn a new sport. Did you know table tennis is an Olympic Sport? If you already play, advance your table tennis skills and take your game to the next level with Robo-Pong.

#3.) Playing ping pong with Robo-Pong is a great workout, for both your body and your brain. You can really work up a sweat, burn lots of calories and help improve your hand-eye coordination and balance.

#4.) Robo-Pong is the perfect ping pong partner. No more searching for someone to play ping pong with or practice/train with! Robo-Pong is always ready to go and won’t ever get tired.

#5.) Most of all, it’s fun! Everyone in your family will enjoy playing ping pong with Robo-Pong – Mom, Dad, kids and teenagers; even Grandma and Grandpa will love it, too!

BONUS: The Robo-Pong table tennis robot is available in five different models, so there’e one for everyone’s budget and level of play. It’s also user-friendly and easy to set up, take down, store and transport.

This holiday season, you can’t go wrong… with Robo-Pong!

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2014 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championship Results

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700 top table tennis players from around the world competed in the 2014 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championship last week. About 100 ping-pong tables were filled with some of the best players at the DeVos Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Congrats to all the winners in the more than 80 event divisions, which included Men’s and Women’s Singles, Doubles, Hardbat, Sandpaper, Wheelchair, Junior Boys and Girls and many more.

Wenzhang Tao of China took home the Gold in the Men’s Singles division and Yuko Fujii of Japan earned the Gold in the Women’s Singles division.

A special congratulations to Newgy’s sponsored player and friend, Sameh Awadallah (Boshra) for earning 2nd Place in the 030 Men’s Division.

For complete tournament results, click here.

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Nashville Predators/Newgy/NTTC Table Tennis Tournament Results

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The Nashville Predators/Newgy/NTTC Table Tennis/Ping-Pong Tournament was a hit!  75 pro table tennis players, recreational ping pong players and students competed on the main floor of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

The tournament featured three divisions to include players of all levels and ages. The pro division featured players with USATT ratings of 1200-2200.

Roger Dickson, Newgy’s Head Table Tennis Coach, did a great job running the tournament. We had several volunteers from the Nashville Table Tennis Club to help with registration and scorekeeping.

A big thanks to the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena for hosting this fun table tennis event!

Congrats to all the winners!

Pro Division

1st Place:   Jude Lam, Knoxville, TN

2nd Place:   Donny Flowers, Memphis, TN

3rd Place:   Roger Jett, Murray, KY

Recreational Division

1st Place:   Rick Sati, Smyrna, TN

2nd Place:  Radu Rusu, Franklin, TN

3rd Place:  Iqbal Indawala, Nashville, TN

Junior (18 & Under) Division

1st Place:   Steven Dickerson, University School of Nashville

2nd Place:  Chance Waller, Smith Co. High School

3rd Place:  David Shayne, University School of Nashville

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Strive for Dexterity in Table Tennis

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Every table tennis player should strive for dexterity.  This is a skill that some players are naturally more gifted with and some players are not.  The good news is that it can be trained as well.  So what is dexterity?

Dictionary Definition of “Dexterity”
dex·ter·i·ty
noun \dek-ˈster-ə-tē, -ˈste-rə-\
: the ability to use your hands skillfully
: the ability to easily move in a way that is graceful
: clever skill : the ability to think and act quickly and cleverly
In regards to table tennis, dexterity can mean several different things.  It can mean…
  1. Having the ability to learn a new stroke
  2. Having the ability to relax even while swinging hard
  3. Having the ability to be extremely precise and accurate
  4. Having the ability to put impart speed and spin on the ball with very little effort
  5. Having the ability to adjust the stroke for various types of balls

I will focus on the fifth type of dexterity in table tennis.

Dexterity is the ability to adjust to various aspects of the ping pong ball – adjust to the speed of the ball, adjust to the placement of the ball, adjust to the depth of the ball, adjust to the height of the ball and adjust to the spin on the ball.  I will use the forehand loop as my example.

In order to develop more dexterity in your forehand loop, you must be able to adjust your swing based on the different speeds of the incoming balls.  Ask your table tennis training partner to block to your forehand and vary the speed of the block – sometimes slightly harder and sometimes slightly slower.  Keep your racket in front and backswing once you see the approaching ball.  If the ball is blocked quickly, then shorten your loop while still generating a lot of spin.  Always keep your weight leaning forward and contact the ball in front of your body.

In order to develop more dexterity in your forehand loop, you must be able to adjust your swing based on the placement of the incoming balls.  Ask your training partner to move the ball around in the forehand 50% of the ping pong table.  Watch your opponent’s racket and adjust your feet into position before swinging.  Once your feet are set, then take a swing.  If you are in good position, loop slightly harder with a longer swing.  If you are off-balance and forced to reach or lean for the ball, shorten your swing, focus on control, brush the ball with spin, then get in better position for the next loop.

In order to develop more dexterity in your forehand loop, you must be able to adjust your swing based on the depth of the incoming balls.  For this exercise, I would recommend starting very slowly.  Set up your Newgy Robo-Pong table tennis robot to throw the ball once every 3 seconds or have your training partner feed multiball.  If the ball is slow and lands near the net, move both feet forward and loop near the table.  If the ball is deep near the end line, then move back slightly and loop the deep ball.  When moving forward (for right-handed table tennis players), step with your right foot then the left foot.  When moving backward, step with the left foot then the right foot.  Both feet actually move simultaneously, however, the outside foot always initiates the movement.  When moving in-and-out, make sure to stay with your weight leaning forward.  Focus on moving your feet very fast while looping with control.

In order to develop more dexterity in your forehand loop, you must be able to adjust your swing based on the height of the incoming balls.  Ask your training partner to adjust his block sometimes higher and sometimes lower.  Keep your racket in front of your body and take your backswing once you see the height of the incoming ball.  For the forehand loop against topspin, try to start your swing directly behind the ball and loop forward with spin.  If the ball is higher, then start your racket higher.  If your racket is lower, then start your racket lower.

In order to develop more dexterity in your forehand loop, you must be able to adjust your swing based on the various spins of the incoming balls.  Ask your training partner to vary the spin on his block, sometimes he should block normal with slight topspin, sometimes he should spin over the ball with more topspin and sometimes he should chop-block.  If he adds topspin, the ball will jump up as it contacts your side of the table.  If he performs a chop-block, the ball with slow down as it contacts your side of the table.  Adjust your racket height and body position to the incoming ball.  This is the most challenging of all the exercises.  Don’t be discouraged if it takes several months to perfect this aspect of dexterity.

Every table tennis player should strive for dexterity.  I am convinced that dexterity should be trained.  In your training sessions, you should make it just as challenging as or more challenging than an actual game.  Be ready to adjust for various speeds, placements, depths, heights, and spins and you will be on your way to success!

Samson Dubina

 

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Newgy Akron Open Table Tennis Tournament - Results

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The Newgy Akron Open Table Tennis Tournament this past weekend, March 21-22, had a great turnout! 96 total table tennis players participated from near and far, including Mississippi, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsyvania, New York and even Canada and Germany.

Here are the results:

Open Giant Round Robin
1st Wang Zhen (rated 2822)
2nd Cheng Li (rated 2598)
3rd Yi Chi Zhang (rated 2584)
4th Samson Dubina (rated 2497)
5th-6th Nachiket Joshi and Junyu Xiao
7th-8th Seyed Hesam Hamrahian and Keith Pech

Under 2100 Giant Round Robin
1st Burak Cevik
2nd Aleksandr Itunin
3rd-4th Roger Liu and James Hamilton
5th-8th Rick Akers, Bob New, Shreyans Bafna, and Harsh Khandelwal

Under 1700 Giant Round Robin
1st Mario Letic
2nd Ed Zadrozny
3rd Raymond Johnston
4th Mike Wilke
5th-8th Ashwin Turakhia, David Sommers, Joe Ciarrochi, and Richard Beer

Under 1300 Giant Round Robin
1st Mike Burchfield
2nd Anwen Harris
3rd Daniel Waugaman
4th Richard Beer
5th-8th Dick Bennett, Jeff Shiff, David Sommers, Ron Martin

Open Doubles
1st Samson Dubina/Shreyans Bafna
2nd Cheng Li/Yi Chi Zhang
3rd-4th Zhiqiao Xie/Keith Pech and Hesam Hamrahian/Ali Khatami

Handicap
1st Cheng Li
2nd Daniel Waugaman
3rd-4th Ron Martin and Gary Hobrath

Junior Recreational
1st Andrew Heiser
2nd Noah Sussman
3rd-4th Annie Liu and Sarah Sommers

Adult Recreational
1st Stephen Faulstich
2nd Lee Szwast

Check back for dates and details of upcoming table tennis tournaments.

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Nashville Predators/Newgy/NTTC Table Tennis/Ping-Pong Tournament - April 19

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Nashville Predators Table Tennis/Ping-Pong Tournament

Presented by Newgy Robo-Pong and Nashville Table Tennis Club

Saturday, April 19, 2014 – 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

Bridgestone Arena – 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

We are excited to announce the next Nashville Predators Table Tennis/Ping-Pong Tournament on the main floor of Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Doors open at 9:00 am to sign-in and warm-up.

Entry Fee: $30 - Every registered table tennis player will receive a FREE ticket to the Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes hockey game on April 10.

PRIZES: Trophies will be awarded to the top winners in the Professional, Amateur and High School Student divisions, along with some awesome prizes from the Nashville Predators and Newgy Robo-Pong.

FORMAT: Tournament format will be round robin divisions followed by single elimination. For rules click here.

PARKING: Free parking available in the Grand Avenue Garage which is connected to the arena at the corner of 6th and Demonbreun.

Players of all levels are welcome!  Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Register at: www.nashvillepredators.com/tabletennis

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Anticipation and Proper Footwork in Table Tennis - Carl Hardin

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Anticipation and proper footwork is the key to being in a balanced position to stroke the ping pong ball in table tennis.

The best table tennis players are not able to defend the entire ping pong table; therefore you must anticipate which of the three possible areas your opponent has selected to return your ball: your forehand, backhand, or your center court. The following information will enable you to be in position to defend 1/3 of the table instead of trying to defend the entire table.

Key #1 Primary position-start moving to a position opposite where your ball lands in your opponent’s court before/or as your ball lands.

Key #2 The Secondary positions- adjust your secondary position based on what you see. Watch the direction of your opponent’s stroke to the ball and their blade angle.

At the completion of your stroke start moving to your primary position before your ball lands in your opponent’s court.  Your primary position is opposite the position your ball landed in your opponent’s court. Then your final move is to your secondary position to return the ball from a balanced position to stroke the ball to your selected target. The secondary position is determined by your opponent’s stroke direction to the ball and their blade angle.

Watching your opponent’s blade direction of travel to the ball will indicate which part of the table – forehand, backhand or center court – their ball will land in, and the angle of his blade will determine the applied spin or hit. Now with this information start moving to your anticipated secondary area before your opponent contacts the ball. In order to maintain balance and control, you must make the final adjustment with your feet.

Remember: Improve your anticipation for better footwork in table tennis (MSH) Move, Stop and Hit.

Carl Hardin – USATT Certifiied Coach

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Newgy-Akron Open Table Tennis Tournament March 21 & 22, 2014

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Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, 2014  
Event Timeline

Open RR Groups 9am-2pm, single elimination 2pm-4:30pm
U1700 RR Groups 9am-2pm, single elimination 2pm-4:30pm
U1300 RR Groups 3pm-7:30pm, single elimination 7:30pm-10pm
U2100 RR Groups 4pm-8pm, single elimination 8pm-10:30pm

Tournament Location: House of the Lord Gymnasium, 1650 Diagonal Rd., Akron, Ohio 44320

Featuring:
Over $3000 in Cash and Prizes
First place prize in the open event is $1000
Awesome Playing Conditions
Top 4 Advance From Every Giant Round Robin Group
Scorekeepers and Umpires
FREE Meals
FREE Snacks and Drinks
Discounted Hotels
Discounted Flights

Online Registration Available at: www.omnipong.com
Paypal payment can be sent to tt@samsondubina.com

Sponsors:
www.newgy.com
www.clearchoicelaser.com
www.wil-cut.com
www.simplexcreative.biz
www.paddlepalace.com

Tournament Hotels:

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham  120 Montrose West Ave Copley, Ohio 44321 - Mention “Table Tennis” to receive the $89 rate (must reserve by March 1st) Includes buffet breakfast (includes eggs, meat, potatoes, waffles, and much more) – also includes gym, internet, and pool (name is currently being changed to Quality Inn).

Baymont Inn and Suites 70 Rothrock Loop Coply, Ohio 44321, 330-668-2700 - Mention Table Tennis to receive the $58/single or $68/double rate (must reserve by March 1st). Includes breakfast.

Discounted Flights - You can promote booking flights through –  www.united.com and referencing Offer Code of ZRH4529526

For more information and tournament entry form, please visit  www.samsondubina.com

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Mental Strategies in Table Tennis – Part XII

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Who is the Your Enemy?

In table tennis, who is your enemy?  Your opponent?  Your coach?  The playing conditions? Yourself?

I have heard countless players arguing ferociously with their opponents about illegal serves, mixing up the score, taking too long before points, and many other problems that arise.  You must remember that he/she is your opponent but not your enemy.  Becoming angry with your opponent won’t put you in the best state-of-mind to focus, have fun, and perform well.

I have also heard many table tennis players arguing with the coach between games.  Remember, your coach wants you to win.  If he makes a comment about your game, don’t take it personal.  He is trying to help you to play better and might see some flaws that you are making.  Do your best to be a gracious receiver of his advice.

Too many times, players complain about the playing conditions during table tennis matches.  If it is important, try to correct the problem prior to the start of the match.  Ask the director to change your match to a different table or adjust the room temperature or cover a window or move a barrier.  Anything that could possibly distract you during the match should be adjusted before the match.  There are some things that can’t be changed.  Settle these things in your mind before and focus completely on strategy while playing.

Also, many players “trash-talk” themselves.  You have about 5-7 seconds between points to analyze what you did right or wrong on the last point and give yourself some quick reminders.  Don’t waste your precious time dwelling on negative thoughts.

So who is the enemy in table tennis?  This isn’t war.  There really aren’t any enemies, just opponents.  Be respectful to your opponent and do your best to win.  Have fun and perform your best and have a good attitude regardless of the outcome.

Samson Dubina

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