Upcoming USATT Coaching Courses and Seminars

By Larry Hodges | June 23, 2017, 1:29 p.m. (ET)

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USATT is taking a two-pronged approach to educating our coaches – and players too! Take your pick of an ITTF Coaching Course or a USATT University Seminar at the USA Nationals.

 

ITTF Coaching Courses

These are for current and prospective coaches who wish to improve their coaching skills as well as get certified as a USATT and ITTF coach. (Note that when you are certified at ITTF Levels 1, 2, or 3, you are automatically certified as a USATT coach at the corresponding levels of State, Regional, and National Coach.) There are five upcoming ITTF Coaching seminars:

 

 

USATT University – Coaching Seminars at the USA Nationals
USATT University is a reality! USATT will be running eight seminars at the upcoming USA Nationals. When I ran for the USATT Board, one of the things I wanted to do was set up a “USATT Coaching Academy.” That morphed into USATT University! Special thanks goes to USATT CEO Gordon Kaye for making it happen, and to USATT staff members Andy Horn and Jon Taylor. A huge thanks also goes to those who will be teaching these seminars.

 

I think this is a great opportunity for USA Table Tennis to educate current and prospective coaches and organizers, as well as adding more “glitz” to our major tournaments as a further draw. If you have suggestions for future such panels, let me know.

 

If the courses are successful, we hope expand them even more at the U.S. Open in December. I’m already planning a 4-6 hour USATT Coaching Certification Clinic, as well as possibly other seminars such as ones on Tactics, Looping, Sports Psychology, Hardbat/Sandpaper, and How to Become a Professional Coach. (Note – as a USATT board member and coaching chair, I’m a volunteer and receive no payment for these seminars or related work.) Descriptions of the eight courses or seminars are on the USATT University flyer. Here’s the short version, in chronological order.

 

DAY

TIME

WHAT

COST

INSTRUCTORS

Mon

7-8 PM

Tournament Directors Best Practices 101

Free

Jasna Rather, Matt Hetherington, Ed Hogshead, James Therriault

Mon

8-9 PM

Advanced Return of Serve

$20*

Stefan Feth, USA Men’s Coach and 4-time USATT Coach of the Year

Tue

12-2 PM

USATT Umpire Clinic

Free

International Referee and Umpire Azmy Ibrahim

Tue

7-8 PM

USATT Club Best Practices 101

Free

Ed Hogshead, Tim Wang, Marguerite Cheung, others pending

Wed

7-8 PM

Intermediate and Advanced Serving

$20*

Larry Hodges, USATT Certified National Coach and Hall of Famer

Wed

8-9 PM

How to Set Up a Successful Junior Program

$20*

Larry Hodges, USATT Certified National Coach and Hall of Famer

Wed

8-9 PM

One-On-One with High Performance Director Jörg Bitzigeio

Free

Jörg Bitzigeio

Thur

7-8 PM

OmniPong 101 (tournament software)

Free

Craig Krum, OmniPong Developer

*Free to USATT certified coaches and USA Nationals volunteers