Terry DahlINTERNATIONAL TABLE TENNIS TRAINING
FIJI 8-10 JANUARY 2013


PROGRAM FOR THE TRAINING

Objectives: Prepare for Fiji Open, improve footwork and attack (loop).
Two Groups: A (best players) and B (some beginners).

Day 1 Tuesday 8 January Group A
09.00-09.30: Information: Program, goals, presentation players, coaches etc.
Objective for first session: "Get into it"; find rhythm.
09.30-09.50: Warm up, plus short warm up at table.
09.50-10.15: Top of table matches, one serve each to "Stop!" PS: The final player will be your practising partner.
10.15-10.25: Short break.
10.25-10.45: "Envelope"/"Butterfly". (Two player 4. Regular.)
10.45-11.00: Falkenberger. (Two player 3. Regular.)
11.00-11.20: Loop control exercise - choose ex. yourself
11.20-11.45: Top of table counter-hitting (start bh-bh). (Top-of-table 1)
11.45-12.00: Physical exercise: "Copy-cat". Two and two.

Group A Second session
2.00-2.15: Short warm up (shadow table tennis).
Info/objective: Footwork, multi-ball.
2.15-2.25: Explanations on footwork and loop/drive.
2.25-2.45: Fh-loop control on block, multi-ball.
2.45-3.05: Bh-loop control on block, multi-ball.
3.05-3.10: Short break (drink)
3.10-3.30: "China fh-loop and bh-loop" - on push. (Multi-ball 17. Regular - two player on one side. Coaches feeding and/or three players at a table.)
3.35-3.55: "China Falconburg" - on push. Multi-ball 19. Regular - two player on one side. Coaches feeding (and/or three players at a table).
3.55-4.00: Short break (drink)
4.00-4.15: Serves, explain and try.
4.15-4.45: Top of table; backspin serve to backhand, long push to bh, long bh-push to fh, fh-loop, free game. (Top-of-table 4 Variation).
4.45-5.00: Stretching.

Day 2 Wednesday 9 January Group A Session 1
09.00-09.15: Information: Todays program
Objective session: Improve fh loop/drive.
09.15-09.45: Warm up, plus short warm up at table.
09.45-10.05: Fh-loop/drive control on block.
10.05-10.20: Fh, fh in middle to fh block. (Two player 1. Regular.)
10.20-10.30: Short break
10.30-10.50: "Fh and bh attack"- (Two player 7. Irregular (to fh side).
10.15-10.30: "All over the table" - (Two player 8. Irregular.)
10.30-10.45: Top of table, backspin serve, long push all table, open, free. (T-o-t 9. )
10.45-11.00: Physical exercise: Shadow footwork on signs

Group A Session 2
2.00-2.15: Short warm up (shadow table tennis).
Info/objective: Footwork, China-multi-ball, serves.
2.15-2.25: Short explanations on balance and recovery.
2.50-3.05: "Max two in each corner" (Multi-ball 10, One player. Irregular.)
3.05-3.25: "China Falkenberg" (Multi-ball 19. Two players, push. Regular.)
3.25-3.45: "China short and long" (Multi-ball 20. Two players, Regular.)
3.45-3.50: Short break (drink)
3.50-4.00: Serves.
4.00-4.15: Serves and returns. Chalk-line on table for this and next exercise!
4.15-4.45: Top of table; Short serve free, short return free, flick, free game. (T-o-t 7)
4.45-5.00: Stretching

Day 3 Thursday 10 January Group A Session 1
09.00-09.15: Information: Todays program
Objective session - matchlike, plus over-the-table backhand loop (rollover).
09.15-09.45: Warm up, plus short warm up at table.
09.45-10.05: Fh-loop against fh-loop. Explain and try.
10.05-10.25: "Match loop on loop" - (Two player 12. Regular.)
10.25-10.45: "Match loop on loop" one more time but as top of table.
10.45-10.50: Short break
10.50-11.10: Over the table backhand loop. Explain and try.
11.10-11.25: Top of the table, on sets to 7 points
11.25-11.45: Top of table, on sets to 11 points.
11.45-12.00: Stretching.

Group B - all days
Group B followed the same schedule as Group A but some of the advanced exercises were changed to more easy ones. The assistant coaches/parents helped out playing with them and were also doing the multi-ball feeding. For the beginners I also used fun exercises like hitting plastic cups (5 cups in a pyramid at the end of table) on different basic stokes and serves.

The venue was open for individual practising the rest of Thursday.