the academy was never approved/started
the conditions at Townsville Table Tennis Association and helping
Paul out as a coach for a while I realized that the juniors needed
more structured coaching and follow-up. The coaching itself was ok
but the atmosphere and attitude towards table tennis as a serious
sport was not the way it was supposed to be if the association and
the players and should prosper. Something had to be done - and an
academy seemed to be the way to go. Paul liked the idea and I prepared
a paper in co-operation with him. It was presented at a management
meeting but the response was shocking negative!
To Townsville Table Tennis Association
North Ward, 19. August 2008.
We, Paul Jones and Terry Dahl, are very concerned for the coaching
situation at the TTTA - especially with a view to the players that
are keen on reaching higher level in their sport.
We would therefore like to present a plan on how to help - and attached
is the sketch on our ideas. Our goal is, in short, to establish
an academy to provide an opportunity for the table tennis players
to achieve their maximum potential. We would like to call it: Table
Tennis Academy North Queensland.
The initial set-up of Table Tennis Academy North Queensland:
We suggest that the Table Tennis Academy North Queensland is approved
by the TTTA at the meeting on 21. August 2008, as sketched and with
an immediately start.
We suggest that the sub-committee, the Academy-committee, shall
consist of the following members: Terry Dahl, Paul Jones and Steven
Fielding. Dahl and Jones in the capacity as the Academy-coaches
and Fielding as a member of the TTTA-managament committee.
The Academy will be run as an addition to existing weekly coaching
programs and private coaching - and as a start as a clinic on Sundays.
Invitation to players will be made and handed/send out.
We suggest that the Academy can use tables in TTTA-venue. To make
the expenses less for the players we would like to suggest that
the Academy can use the venue and an agreed number of tables free
of costs. We would like to suggest a use of up to five tables.
The costs of participating in high-level academies in other sports
are quite high but we are hoping to keep the fees reasonably low
- like 20 dollars for a Sunday-clinic of 2x1,5 hrs.
We are mainly aiming to help the TTTA-players, but we would sometimes
also like to invite keen players from other associations/clubs in
North Queensland. They will have to pay a TTTA membership fee.
We hope that you find that our suggestion will be beneficial to
TTTA, and that we can get a positive "go-ahead!".
Terry Dahl Paul Jones
Attached: The plan for Table Tennis Academy North Queensland
"To be recognised as the premier table tennis academy in Australia"
"To provide an opportunity for athletes to achieve their maximum
potential athletically, educationally and as individuals."
Academy shall strive for the highest level of professionalism
The Academy will strive to operate its programs at the highest competitive
levels while simultaneously providing athletes with stimulating
programs and sound support services.
Through training and competitive activities, the Academy hopes to
teach several values: An appreciation for the benefits of hard work,
motivation, and perseverance in both winning and losing situations;
a sense of group loyalty and the ability to work as a team; a feeling
of pride in accomplishment through fair and honest means; an appreciation
for cultural diversity, human development and learning; and a sense
of good sportsmanship and a high level of personal integrity and
Through competitions and national and international exchanges the
Academy shall strive to provide the athletes with the opportunity
to test themselves against, and learn from, the best in their sport.
The Academy will strive to help the athletes in their personal environment
besides the sport, and also work to bring positive recognition for
their sport and the Academy at local, regional and national levels.
There are no specific selection criteria to become a member of the
Academy, but the athletes must understand, and commit to, the adherence
criteria. Acceptance will be at the discretion of the coaches.
To be a member of the Academy the athletes at all times must fulfil
the following criteria:
- display discipline and good work ethic
- display positive attitude
- display honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship
- display understanding of personal responsibility and what it takes
to achieve set goals
- participate in the activities/training programmes with keen interest
and top effort
- always follow instruction and advise from the coaches
The athletes must also understand that the way to achieve their
maximum potential will include self-motivation, willingness to sacrifice,
willingness to develop planning and time management skills, maturity
and competitive nature.
in the Academy will be at the discretion of the coaches.
for the coaches
The coaches shall strive for the highest level of professionalism
and their main aim is that the athletes shall achieve their maximum
potential as table tennis players. They will also help to develop
the athletes as a person as well as players. They will also do their
- aid the athletes to prepare for regional, national and international
- aid the athletes to set achievable short- and long term goals.
- aid the athletes to achieve their goals.
- aid the athletes through periodised training programs and monitored
- aid the athletes through stimulating programs and sound support
- be updated on the resent development within table tennis and sports
- be creative in finding relevant methods that can aid the athletes.
- monitor the development of the athletes with a view to their goals,
input and results.
- not quantity
Even if there are no specific selection criteria to become a member,
the Academy is only for the athletes that are aiming to achieve
their maximum potential in their sport. The Academy is not the place
for those who only want to have table tennis as a hobby. Quality
and not quantity is important to us.
There will never be more than five players per coach - and the time
spent directly with each player, standing on the other side playing
or feeding multiball, will be equal for all players.
A coaching session for ten players, two coaches and four tables
can be like this:
Table 1: Two players are fed multiball by one coach (one at work,
one picking up balls).
Table 2: Two players are doing an exercise with one coach on the
other side of the table.
Table 3: Two players are using the robot (one at work, one picking
Table 4: Two players doing an exercise - with a set goal.
Table 5: Two players are doing match-play on the exercise.
Most of the players will change their role after at set time, like
5 minutes, and change table after both have been taking turn. There
will be a pattern of rotation so that all players visit all tables.
The coaches will always take into consideration the player's level
and the time of the season when planning and executing the exercises,
but there will always be a high level of intensity at the coaching
sessions. The players are required to be precise and prepared to
the sessions and show top effort at all times. Since few, or no,
players are 100 percent equal in terms of level there will always
be a player that will have to play with one of lower standard, but
they will have to accept this and understand that they no matter
what will have to show top effort and put high demand on own play.
Some athletes tend to put in a lot of practising hours into their
sports - without reaching their goals. Planning, time management,
quality training, monitoring and evaluation are keywords for the
coaches at the Academy. A professional attitude is a must in sports
today, and the physical part is almost as important as the hours
at the table. Mental training with a view to remove invisible barriers
and social activities to keep the motivation is also important at
the Academy - as is nutrition.
Good in sports - good at school
There are no reason that an athlete who put a lot of effort and
hours into his/her practising shall not be good at school. On the
contrary - researches shows that students doing sports on a high
level seem very often get top marks in school. Physical fitness
and been used to concentrate is always a plus!
The Academy will also try to co-operate with the schools, and take
exams and level into consideration when planning for the season
and doing goal setting together with the athletes.
and holiday clinics
The Academy will as a start be run as an addition to existing weekly
coaching and private coaching, and extend to training at weekdays
as well when the numbers of players are picking up and agreements
with schools, associations and clubs is in place. Players in table
tennis who want to reach international level are expected to practice
as much as in other sports (and table tennis in the leading countres)
- up to 30-40 hours per week.
An example on
a Sunday clinic:
09.30-11.30: Group A w/10 players
11.30-13.30: Group B w/10 players
13.30-15.30: Group A
15.30-17.30: Group B
An example when
agreements with schools have bee established:
Monday - Friday
08.00 - 10.15 : Training session 1
11.00 - 15.00 : Schooling (modified)
16.00 - 18.00 : Training session 2
18.00 - 19:00 : Strength & Conditioning fitness training
The Academy will more or less have to follow the normal rates from
An example -
from Pat Cash International Tennis Academy:
Short Term :
Full-Time Training - (less than 8 weeks)
$550 per week - (11 sessions)
Long Term : Full-Time Training - (9 weeks or more)
$2,100 per month - (11 sessions per week)
Short Term : One Session per day (Mon-Fri + Sat a.m.)
$330 per week (6 sessions per week)
Long Term : One Session per day (Mon-Fri + Sat a.m.)
$1,265 per month (6 sessions per week)
Daily Rate : $100 per day (or $60 per session)
is hoping that the athletes can seek financial support from local/federal
government, ATTA, QTTA and local associations/clubs, plus sponsors.
the academy was never approved/started.
start of the season/year.
Comittee - 2009 - established and later cancelled.
plan, period 1 - 2009
plan, period 2 - 2009
Coaching plan, period 3 -
Turbo Table - multiball.
Coaching Clinic - 2009 -
Easter Holiday week-end coaching.
All Ages Tournament
Recuitment - 2009 - drives
to get new members.
"Time for a change" - letter concerning coaching.
Coaches Workshop - 2010
- cancelled same
letter for Terry -
from Paul Jones
Who is Terry Dahl? -