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The problems of young athletes

These days I have written relatively less than usual because I have been asking myself questions that I have had difficulty answering.

They are these, and they affect boys and girls indistinctly:

  • In tennis, many people like to shoot strong, which might even be fine if the ball most of the time fell on the court, in reality the opposite happens. Why is it so difficult to get this idea out of their heads?
  • Toni Nadal said that an important difference between Rafa and today’s young people is that Rafa when he improved maintained that level without going back, while today this does not happen: you improve, you play a few matches well and then you go back. I experience the same situation myself. How come?
  • Why is it that many athletes having reached an important world ranking become afraid of the effort they have to make to improve it and almost prefer to go backwards in ranking?
  • What drives an athlete in opposition sports (tennis, table tennis, fencing), in which one has to go through multiple rounds of competition to at least make it to the semifinals or finals to settle for an inferior result and stop playing their best?
  • Why do some athletes explain a defeat by saying that the opponent was stronger? As if being strong was an absolute category that leaves no chance?
  • And never mind those who attribute their failures to technical problems; if that were true why do they play or compete instead of quitting and waiting to improve technique?

Team tennis table world championships

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How difficult is it to become a top junior athlete?

How difficult is it to become a junior athlete at the international level?

In opposition sports where you fight directly against another opponent it is very difficult, because beyond the sporting skills and the physical skills, the mental element is what determines success.

By this I do not mean that there is a mental prevalence over the other two components, but that without mental guidance and with a reduced degree of agonism it will not be possible for the athlete to express his sporting and motor skills.

In opposition sports speed and precision are two inseparable aspects of performance. It is clear that those who train to combine these two characteristics together run a greater risk of making mistakes, but another option is not possible. If you slow down too much you become predictable and the lack of precision means that you’ll throw shots randomly.

Training on these two aspects, also involves working mentally to maintain a high level of confidence even if at first you will make more mistakes. Maintaining a high level of confidence, however, will allow you to persevere with this type of training and, recover quickly from mistakes and compete with greater conviction.

Tennis table mind aspects

Table tennis interview Alberto Cei about the mental aspects of this sport.

Tennistavolo ieri, oggi, domani - Alberto Cei - YouTube

10 aspects of tennis table

Today I have been interviewed by the Italian tennis table federation.

I propose again the 10 key points to be aware of and know how to accept in table tennis to be a winner.

  1. Table tennis is a sport in which every player makes many mistakes
  2. You can win till the last point
  3. Concentration must be high and consistent at every point and up to the last
  4. You have to react positively immediately after every single mistake
  5. The service is decisive
  6. It is necessary to have a specific pre-race routine
  7. It is necessary to have a routine between the points
  8. Even the champions are in trouble but they know what to do to get out of it.
  9. In defense: play an extra ball!
  10. Chen Bin, coach of Ding Ning, Olympic gold medalist: “Table tennis is not just about hitting the ball on the table, you have to return the ball, you have to feel how the ball comes towards you, and visualize how your ball will end up on the opponent’s table when you hit it again”

10 good reasons to take a deep breath

10 good reasons to learn to take a deep breath

  1. improves self-control in stress situations
  2. improves the management of physical and mental fatigue
  3. first action to take when you want to relax
  4. precedes the visualization of a technical or competition action
  5. reduces the mental tension and stimulates effective thoughts
  6. promotes muscle stretching during this phase of training
  7. reduces impulsive verbal responses
  8. facilitates immediate recovery after a high intensity exercise
  9. further deepens the focus on the task
  10. reduces pre-race or competitive activation if it’s the case

10 key points in table tennis

10 key points to be aware of and know how to accept in table tennis to be a winner.

  1. Table tennis is a sport in which every player makes many mistakes
  2. You can win till the last point
  3. Concentration must be high and consistent at every point and up to the last
  4. You have to react positively immediately after every single mistake
  5. The service is decisive
  6. It is necessary to have a specific pre-race routine
  7. It is necessary to have a routine between the points
  8. Even the champions are in trouble but they know what to do to get out of it.
  9. In defense: play an extra ball!
  10. Chen Bin, coach of Ding Ning, Olympic gold medalist: “Table tennis is not just about hitting the ball on the table, you have to return the ball, you have to feel how the ball comes towards you, and visualize how your ball will end up on the opponent’s table when you hit it again”

The break management could determine the result

During this time I work a lot with shooting, tennis and table tennis. You may wonder what they have in common: the breaks between shots and points. These athletes share another characteristic, they often do not train this phase of the performance, and this has negative effects on the next phase. They do not train the break because it is usually considered a non-technical phase; so it is not the task of the instructor when you are a child and then the coach to teach you how to manage it.

The break is a break, so there is nothing to teach, maybe you should check your breathing and think positive about the next action. You say it in words but you don’t practice it. Some athletes understand its importance and also for this reason they become champions. Most of them, live it waiting it finishes, better if in a hurry to return to the race. In fact, this idea “return to the race” is another common thought among athletes. Pauses represent a break in performance and are not part of the performance. With this you can’t go far, rifles can’t be broken but racquets can; they are much cheaper.

Many athletes grow up with this mindset  towards breaks, they consider them an annoying part of the race and, therefore, when they are in agitation or are losing they accelerate this phase to return immediately to the race and try to recover. The effects are usually disastrous and they convince themselves that they are not able to play, while instead they don’t just know how to manage the breaks.

Returning to sport and athletes’ needs during the coronavirus

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The table tennis winning mindset

Born in Huangshi City in China; 54 year old Chen Bin is the personal coach of Ding Ning,  Olympic and World champion. Here are his main rules to be a winning tabe tennis player.

Learn from the mistakes - Ding Ning was beaten by Feng Tianwei in the contest that witnessed a three-one win for Singapore. Consistently, Ding Ning has stated the defeat in Moscow was a major reason why she became World champion in Rotterdam the following year.

Toughness - “It’s definitely her perseverance, her stable performance and she’s also very bold in trying out new skills & techniques”, stressed Chen Bin.

“The level of the players differs a lot, the Asian and the European teams are stronger, while African and Oceania team are weaker. The main difference lies on the players’ understanding of the sport and the ball itself, the weaker players know how to play, but they don’t know how to play it well, table tennis is not just about hitting the ball back on the table, you have to return the ball back, you have to have a feel of how the ball is coming towards you, and visualize how your ball is going to end up on your opponent’s table when you hit it back.”

Pre-match preparation - “I gave them a talk on pre-match preparations, which I think is an important part of competition”, said Chen Bin. “Before a match, the coach and the player have to be well prepared, anything can happen; the players must know how to deal with different situations that could happen. You must think of “Plan B” or “Plan C” to help your athlete to be mentally prepared for all kinds of scenarios and difficulties on court.”

Mindset - There is more than technical preparation prior to a match.

“Mind set is vital, the pre-match preparations and the players’ mentality in different situations on court. the European players, they have good physique and good strength, but they don’t know how to release that power in their play.”

Interview With Chen Bin – Coaches Grow Together With Their Players