ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaching Course

Akron, Ohio

July 28 - Aug. 01, 2014

ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaching Course

Akron, Ohio


Dates: Monday-Friday   July 28-August 1, 2014

Location: The House of the Lord Gymnasium  -  1650 Diagonal Rd Akron, Ohio

Eligibility: The Course is open to all interested Table Tennis Coaches and persons wishing to become certified as ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaches.  Coaches completing all the course requirements will receive both ITTF and PTT (Paralympic) Level 1 Certification.  In addition, coaches who pass this course and who are not USATT Certified will also be awarded “State” Level Coaches Certification by USATT.

Course Conductor: Richard McAfee has been coaching table tennis for more than 30 years, and is certified by the International Table Tennis Association as an ITTF Course Conductor and ITTF Trainer (only one in North America). In this capacity, he has conducted many ITTF International Coaching Courses training more than 700 coaches around the world and is chiefly responsible for bringing the ITTF Coaching Certification Program to the USATT. Coach McAfee also currently serves as “Chief Instructor” for Coaching Education in India regularly giving ITTF Courses throughout the country. For his work, Coach McAfee has received the: 2004 United States Olympic Committee, DOC Councilman Science Award for Table Tennis, 2003 Georgia AAU Coach of the Year, 1999 United States Olympic Committee, Developmental Coach of the Year Award (Table Tennis), and a 1996 Merit Award from the International Olympic Committee. In 2005, Coach McAfee was inducted into the USA Table Tennis, Hall of Fame. In 2009, Coach McAfee authored, “Table Tennis, Steps to Success” which has become a best-selling instructional book. In addition to his coaching work, Richard McAfee has also contributed to the sport in the area of Tournament Management. He has served on staff at many National Level events and run more than 100 tournaments. In 1994, he was hired as the Competition Manager/Director for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Table Tennis Events. His responsibilities included the complete planning, organizing, and implementation of the Olympic and Paralympic Events.

Course Schedule: Monday-Thursday July 28-July 31, 2014, The ITTF Level 1 Course will be conducted.  There will be 2 sessions each day 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. On Friday, August 1, 2014, The PTT Level 1 Course will be conducted.  There will be 2 sessions on that day 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

Costs: $225.00 per person plus each coach must purchase the ITTF Level 1 Manual, available from for $29.95.  Coaches are responsible for their own transportation and room and board arrangements. Online registration also available at

Deadline: Entry must be received by Wednesday, July 23rd

Great Equipment: Triple Gymnasium with wood floor, high ceiling, excellent lighting, 8 table tennis tables and quality training balls will be used for the course.

Course Description: ITTF Level 1 is the first level officially recognized by ITTF and has the following requirements:

  • Attendance at 24 hour course conducted by an ITTF approved Course Conductor
  • 10 minute Coaching Practical presentation during the course.  A “PASS” is required to be eligible for ITTF Level 1
  • After the course, 30 hours coaching practice must be completed. This coaching practice should be predominantly group coaching benefiting the table tennis community or junior or school groups.
  • From the 30 hours coaching practice, 5 hours must be supervised by the ITTF Course Conductor or  a person appointed by the ITTF Course Conductor. This supervisor evaluates each coach using the “Confidential Coaching Report”  [pages 299-301 of the ITTF Level 1 Manual] This must be approved by the ITTF Course Conductor, who provides the certificates if all requirements are met.                           

In 2007 IPTTC has developed an optional additional 6 hours for “athletes with disabilities” in English.   Coaches that complete the additional 6 hours will be ITTF + PTT Level 1 Coaches.

The ITTF introduced a new system of Coach Accreditation; the ITTF Level 1 Coaching Manual forms the basis, containing syllabus and course material for:                                

  • Club Coach Course-12 hour
  • ITTF Level 1 Course-24 hour
  • Community Leader Course-3 hour
  • School Teacher Course-6 hour
  • All courses are cumulative 

Quality Inn and Suites (limited availability for $78) 70 Rothrock Loop Copley, OH 44321(330) 668-2700

Entry Form – ITTF/PTT Level 1 Course – July 28th-August 1st Course is limited in size.                                          
ENTER EARLY to reserve your spot!


Address: ___________________________________________________________________        

Email: ________________________________         Phone: __________________________

Are you currently a certified USATT Coach:  ( Y/N)      If yes, what level: ________

Please make check or money order payable to:          Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy

Please mail form and $225 payment to: Samson Dubina 355 Hoover Ave Akron, OH 44312

If you have questions, please contact Samson at:  or

Deadline: Entry must be received by Wednesday, July 23rd

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