Youth Talents Muster Energy and Tackle USATT Training Camp Head On

By Matt Hetherington | April 03, 2018, 10:24 p.m. (ET)

The Youth National Ranking Tournament came to a close at the Broward Table Tennis Club, and on the dawn of a new day the USATT Training Camp began. With as much energy as they could recover after days of grueling matches, the youth talents pushed onwards with the goal of further developing their skills in an intense environment.

Under the guidance of Camp Head Coach Pieke Franssen, former Dutch Olympic team coach, currently based at Alameda in California, an expert team of coaches gathered to focus on sharing their knowledge and experience with the group of 30 kids. ICC's Dan Liu and Maggie Tian, XNT5's Wei Qi and Wang Qingliang from Maryland Table Tennis Center were the coaches on duty.

Training focuses on many areas and has so far involved half days of multiball, ladder matches, physical training, serve and receive training, team matches and more. 

The team unify, running at 7:15am each morning before eating breakfast at the Residence Inn Hotel where they stay. The bus leaves to the playing hall and the two separate boys and girls training groups engage in their warmups. This morning the boy's took on a comprehensive core workout while the girl's tried their skills with the agility ladder. 

As with previous USATT camps, the sessions run from 9am-12pm, before lunch at the venue and a break back at the hotel, training resumes at 3:30pm and advances to 6:30pm before the players eat dinner. 

You can follow all of the action on USA Table Tennis Facebook Page.