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  16. <title>Professional Table Tennis tables</title>
  17. <description>Finding the right ping pong table can be a difficult process. There are many brands to choose from and many different types of tables offered. In order to make an informed decision, you need to understand what qualities make one ...</description>
  18. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/welcome_joola_north_america_llc.jpg" alt="JOOLA 3000SC With WM Net" align="left" /><p>Finding the right ping pong table can be a difficult process. There are many brands to choose from and many different types of tables offered. In order to make an informed decision, you need to understand what qualities make one table better than another. The five main criteria to consider when buying a table tennis table are: Playing surface thickness , Strength of Frame , Convenience Features , Safety Features and Value. Knowing what to look for will allow you to find the right mix of features for you, regardless of price point. We'll start out by covering "entry-level" tables. These are tables intended for recreational or first-time players that want an inexpensive way to start playing. They don't need to be ITTF certified, and they don't necessarily need all the convenience features of higher-end tables. Best Entry-Level Ping Pong Tables (Under $500) With tables in this price range, Value is the key piece of criteria to make your buying decision. Does the table offer the right playing experience for the money, and will it hold up over time and continue to offer that experience? Tables priced under $500 are not going to have 1-inch thick tops, super thick stable steel frames or be made of bomb-proof materials. They also are probably not going to be ITTF certified. They can, however, deliver a decent playing experience at an affordable price. If properly taken care of, they can also last a very long time. Making sure your table is stored in a cool and dry place is the most important thing you can do to prolong the life of the table. For instance, the Joola Nova DX offers a tremendous value because it combines the quality and resilience of an outdoor table with the price of an entry-level indoor table. It's always at the top of the sales charts on Amazon because this table offers a heavy-duty welded steel frame, a weatherproof top made of aluminum composite, and 4 durable locking wheels all at a price under $500. This is a lot of table for such a low price, it's no wonder why this is always a best-seller. The Joola Inside Table is another great option to consider as it comes in $100 cheaper than the Joola Nova Dx and for the budget-conscious this could be very important. This table does not offer the same quality as the Nova DX as it cannot withstand harsh weather conditions, but it still makes for a great table for a very reasonable price (and free delivery) and for an indoor table it delivers a decent playing experience. Indoor vs Outdoor Ping Pong Tables In general, indoor tables tend to have a better, more consistent bounce when compared to similarly priced outdoor tables due to the materials used for outdoor table tops. Outdoor table tops are commonly built with an aluminum composite material that is waterproof and resistant to warping and cracking due to changes in humidity and temperature. While this material is extremely durable, it often delivers a different, less uniform bounce. In recent years, these materials have gotten much better but they still typically cannot deliver the same playing quality of indoor tables that use a thick sheet of high-quality MDF that allows for the playing surface to be extremely consistent. However, outdoor tables are much more resilient. Quality outdoor tables can last decades, be stored in areas with high heat or humidity and can deliver a good enough playing experience for most people. We highly recommend that if you're planning to store your table in a basement or other storage area where humidity is present or frequent temperature changes occur, that you go with an outdoor table. Even if your just using it indoors, an outdoor table won't warp, rust or crack due to these types of issues and is a smart decision if there is any question about whether it will be stored in a cool, dry place. Assembly Process Once a table is delivered to you, you still must go through the process of assembling it. With some tables, this can be as simple as putting a few bolts through the pre-assembled parts and being finished 20-30 minutes later. With others, it's nearly an all-day process following cryptic instructions and trying to discern which parts are which. Sometimes, bad instructions can lead to you putting the table together incorrectly. At best, this means you are not using the table the way it was intended and your playing experience can suffer. At worst, it could be a safety concern and an improper assembly could lead to someone getting injured. It's very important to choose a table that is easy and straightforward to assemble. A great example of a table that is super easy to assemble is the Stiga Insta Play. Stiga put a lot of engineering into making this table capable of being shipped almost entirely pre-assembled, so all you need to do is unwrap it and you're ready to play. The table is also very light when compared to other tables in this category which makes it even easier to move into place and start playing. A table that has a reputation for being notoriously difficult to assemble is the Butterfly TR21. This table ships with instructions that have little to no text in them and they try to explain every step to the assembly process on a single page. On top of that, they ship the table with parts that all look the same so it's very difficult to distinguish them from one another. Best Mid-Level Ping Pong Tables ($500 - $1000) Thickness : 3/4" Thickness : 7/8" sealed aluminum Thickness : 1" MDF Thickness : 7/8" sealed aliminum Frame : 2" steel apron, 2" steel legs Frame : Steady anti-tilt trolley Frame : 2.5" powder-coated steel apron, 2.5" steel legs, all steel chassis Wheels : 3" casters Wheels : 4.5" swiveling casters Wheels : 5" Mag wheels Storage : 28" x 60" x 64" Storage : 22" x 66.75" x 72" Storage : 60" x 30" x 62" Storage : 26.25" x 64.75" x 72" Storage : 22" x 67" x 72" Playback : Yes Outdoor : No Outdoor : Yes The mid-tier price range of ping pong tables includes quality tables built for the outdoors, like Kettler tables, and higher quality indoor tables, like those made by Stiga, that have more stable frames and a thicker playing surface than the entry-level models. This is a great price point for more serious ping pong players that want a long-lasting table with a tournament quality bounce. If your a competitive player, you probably should be considering tables in the price range as you will definitely notice the difference from an entry-level table. The "tinny" sound of a bounce off a thin table top is something that intermediate and advanced players will hear, and the inconsistent bounce will negatively affect their playing experience. The Kettler Match 5.0 is a top-rated outdoor table because it is built to not only be completely weatherproof with it's sealed aluminum top, but it also has a near-tournament quality bounce and lots of safety and convenience features that make it stand out. Kettler uses a proprietary table top technology called ALU-TECH that consists of an sheet of aluminum with indentations that resist warping. Encapsulated inside the Aluminum is a resin treated board that is permanently sealed to allow the table to maintain it's bounce for years to come, regardless of the weather conditions its exposed to.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  26. <description>Travel with Coach Samson Dubina on a 100-day table tennis journey. Each day, you will learn new skills about strokes, spins, drills, game tactics, training routines, and tournament performance. This book will give you the ...</description>
  27. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/custom_ping_pong_table_tennis_racquet.jpg" alt="~Custom Ping Pong / Table" align="left" /><p>Travel with Coach Samson Dubina on a 100-day table tennis journey. Each day, you will learn new skills about strokes, spins, drills, game tactics, training routines, and tournament performance. This book will give you the necessary tools to move past your competition both mentally and physically. Cost $19.99 (Domestic shipping $3.00 / International shipping $19.99) Here is what USATT National Coach and Hall of Famer Larry Hodges says about the book: One hundred days . . . if you live to be 82 years old, that’s about 30, 000 days. All Coach Samson asks is that you take just a few minutes on 1/3 of 1% of those days to learn something new. One hundred days . . . that’s how long it’ll take for coach and player Samson Dubina to lead you through these pages, a few minutes each day, with the goal of taking your game to the next level. He leads you through eleven chapters: Beginnings, Strokes, Footwork, Serves &amp; Returns, Game Tactics, Practice, Tournaments, Mental Strength, Health, Equipment, and Your Future. Just reading the chapter titles gives you a pretty good idea of what you’ll be doing. One hundred days . . . it starts with Basic Principles and Writing Out a Game Plan, and then you get to Strokes – which includes Body Position, Serve, Drive, Push, Loop, Block, Smash, Flip, Lob, Chop, Counterloop, The Perfect Strokes, The Important Shot, The Racket Angle – and we’re only through Chapter Two! One hundred days . . . it’s a fraction of the time it takes a top coach like Samson to accumulate the knowledge and experience needed to coach at a high level, and it’s yours for the price of this book and a few minutes for one hundred days. One hundred days . . . if FDR could push through most of the New Deal in that time, think what you could do with your table tennis game! It’s about the right amount of time needed to learn and ingrain new techniques and begin the road to taking your game to the next level.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  34. <title>Good Table Tennis Serves</title>
  35. <description>Ask just about any high level player what the most important shot in table tennis is, and the chances are pretty good that he&#039;ll reply - the serve. But on the whole, the serve is a much neglected part of lower level players, who ...</description>
  36. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/table_tennis_competitors_at_the_commonwealth.jpg" alt="But I make this look good:" align="left" /><p>Ask just about any high level player what the most important shot in table tennis is, and the chances are pretty good that he'll reply - the serve. But on the whole, the serve is a much neglected part of lower level players, who prefer to practice their rallying skills when training, and like to talk about the best technique for a forehand loop. In this series of articles I'm going to redress that balance a little, as I concentrate on that oft-underrated stroke - the serve. After all - every point has one! I'm going to start in this article by discussing some general aspects that apply to all types of serves. In later articles in the series we will examine particular serves in more detail, such as the forehand pendulum serve, the backhand backspin/sidespin serve, etc. Why Is the Serve Important? What is it about the serve that makes it such an important stroke? Reasons include: Control - it is the only stroke that you make where you have total control of the ball, without any interference or influence from the opponent. As such you should be able to do exactly what you want with the ball. Frequency - as I mentioned in jest above, every point starts with a serve. And considering that the average rally length at higher levels is often only 3-5 strokes, that means the serve makes up a pretty high proportion of shots played during a match. Setup - good use of serves can strongly influence the stroke played by the receiver, allowing a good server to predict the return and play more of his favourite third and fifth ball patterns. Pressure - a player who knows his opponent has better serves than he does will feel under pressure right from the start of the rally. Conversely, a player with better serves than his opponent will usually feel a bit more relaxed, knowing that he has an important edge every time he gets the serve. Knowledge - the better you are at serving yourself, the more you understand about how certain serves work, and the best ways to identify them and return them. What Makes a Good Serve? This is a trickier question to answer, because what could be a good serve under one set of circumstances could be a bad serve under another. So instead of giving a hard and fast definition of a good serve, I'll discuss several of the factors involved in serving, which work together in different amounts to make a serve good or bad depending on the situation. Long Serves These are serves that bounce once on the opponent's side of the table, typically within six inches or so of his endline. The emphasis is on surprise and speed to force weaker returns from opponents, which can then be counterattacked. If your opponent is not caught off-guard, you may be getting a very strong attack coming back at you, so use with care! Placement The placement of the ball when served to the opponent will have an effect on whether the serve is a good or bad one. What makes for good or bad placement will depend largely on your opponent - different players stand in different positions when receiving serves, and also hold their bats differently in preparation for their receive. They will also have different strengths and weaknesses in returning serve (ie some will be better at flicking than pushing, some might be great at looping long balls on the forehand but weaker at long balls on the backhand). Some things to be aware of in terms of placement are: Don't serve half-long serves (by my definition, these are serves that bounce once around the middle of the opponent's side, and then go over the endline). A good opponent will be looping or driving these back at you, putting you under pressure right from the start.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  40. <pubDate>Sun, 12 Nov 2023 20:45:00 +0000</pubDate>
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  43. <title>Table Tennis Matches</title>
  44. <description>To characterize the contents of emotions experienced by elite table tennis players during high-stakes matches and the situational elements that contribute to these experiences. Design A four-case study. Method Three top-level ...</description>
  45. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/athletes_compete_in_table_tennis_matches.jpg" alt="Athletes compete in table" align="left" /><p>To characterize the contents of emotions experienced by elite table tennis players during high-stakes matches and the situational elements that contribute to these experiences. Design A four-case study. Method Three top-level table tennis players from the French Men's Table Tennis Team volunteered to participate in the study. Four matches were studied. Procedures involved: (a) videotaping high-stakes table tennis matches, (b) conducting self-confrontation interviews with players after matches, (c) transcribing the players’ actions and self-confrontation data, (d) decomposing their activity into elementary units, and (e) identifying typical contents of emotion and typical emotional situations. Results The contents of players’ emotions varied during matches. The pleasant or unpleasant tone of emotional content was linked to the set result and the interpretations of the unfolding situation. However, other elements of the competitive interaction (score configurations, judgments about the strokes performed) had a strong emotional coloration. Certain similar events (e.g., bad sensations during stroke performance) were frequently coupled with similar emotional content (e.g., displeasure). Conclusions Until quite recently, the predominant focus in sport psychology has been on pre-performance emotions, with far less attention paid to the subjective emotional experiences that occur during task execution. This exploratory study provides initial empirical support for the notion of bi-directionality in emotion–performance relationships [Hanin, Y.L. (Ed.). (2000). Emotions in sport . Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; Hanin, Y.L. (2003). Performance related emotional states in sport: A qualitative analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], (1). Available at: Keywords Emotions; Table Tennis; Situated Action; Course-of-Action; Elite Sport</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  52. <title>Flying Lotus Table Tennis</title>
  53. <description>Flying Lotus - CosmogrammaChanted in the stoned-out haze of a sunny So-Cal afternoon, Steven Ellison, AKA Flying Lotus, conjured a vision of Los Angeles two years ago that was both sci-fi and the real thing at the same time ...</description>
  54. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/mp3mix_depository_sponsored_by_jackstraw.jpg" alt="Luke (high contrast remix)" align="left" /><p>Flying Lotus - CosmogrammaChanted in the stoned-out haze of a sunny So-Cal afternoon, Steven Ellison, AKA Flying Lotus, conjured a vision of Los Angeles two years ago that was both sci-fi and the real thing at the same time. Clearly, Los Angeles was already cosmic. Which is why I don't even know what to call Cosmogramma. Supposedly it means a "map of the universe, " which is a pretty big step up from charting a Californian metropolis. A map communicates by using shapes and icons as graphic substitutions for larger territories. On Cosmogramma Ellison lets dubstep, free jazz, hip-hop, IDM and digital glitch unfold in markedly topographical undulation, as if you're getting a fly-by tour of different regions in a musical cosmos. Needless to say its sheer amount of diversity makes Cosmogramma a much more challenging affair than its predecessor. Los Angeles was the crossover record, garnering mass appeal in part because it was easily graspable in a casual context, like coming out of someone's computer speakers at the office. I'm not sure what Cosmogramma would sound like to someone that has never heard Flying Lotus before. The old Flying Lotus hasn't disappeared, he's just had his wig split open by the spirits, letting in a broader choir of voices. Ellison's grimy drums still have that drunken, futuristic swing that sounds like they were sampled, but then re-triggered by hand. Hooks are in short supply, the emphasis lying instead most often on shifting rhythms and unpredictable textures. One noticeable addition to Ellison's palette is an abundance of spiritual jazz motifs, reflecting his claim that the record is in part an ode to his aunt, free jazz pioneer Alice Coltrane, whose energy can be heard in the numerous ribbons of heavenly harp and trickling strings, as well as the Sun-Ra inflected "Arkestry." Cosmogramma moves without warning from mood to mood, genre to genre, all part of a holistic whole. There's even a hands-in-the-air house track, "Do the Astral Plane." But for the most part Ellison doesn't seem like he's showing off. It's more like he's trying to respond with care to all the influences that have sailed into his orbit. Some tracks are micro-worlds in themselves, like "Table Tennis" which features Laura Darlington as smoky chanteuse. The titular ping-pong sounds that form the track's drum section are rhythmically captivating on their own, but they feel as if they're coming from downstairs while you listen to the track on headphones. Such is the risk, perhaps, of Ellison's ruthless experimentalism.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  61. <title>Stiga Table Tennis Replacement Parts</title>
  62. <description>Rated 4 out of 5 by Maxine47 Great Ping Pong Table This table is extremely heavy but was relatively easy to put together. (It took my husband and his friend about an hour to assemble it.) There was a part that was damaged, but ...</description>
  63. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/stiga_touch_up_paint_pen_thompson.jpg" alt="10-253 - Stiga Touch-Up - Blue" align="left" /><p>Rated 4 out of 5 by Maxine47 Great Ping Pong Table This table is extremely heavy but was relatively easy to put together. (It took my husband and his friend about an hour to assemble it.) There was a part that was damaged, but without any questions, the new part was sent very quickly after I placed a call to customer service. It seems well built and sturdy. We are pleased with our purchase and the customer service we received. January 12, 2016 Rated 5 out of 5 by Kb I'm so glad you asked!!! Best buying experience in my LIFE!!! Everyone at the Novi store is excellent. I had a chance to deal with several different people and everyone was more polite, helpful and wonderful than the last!!! I run a large company that employees well over 100 employees and I would hire every single one I dealt with. The shining star was (Alton) I believe... The young man who rung up my order. Bravo to whoever hired him and whoever trained him.. After dealing with 10 other stores and drivin 11/2 hours to come to this one I am glad I did and will not buy any large sports equipment anywhere else!!! We are planning on buying a basketball hoop and a few other things in the spring and he is who we will buy them from!! January 12, 2016 Rated 5 out of 5 by AngieM Well-built and sturdy product Other than the fact that there were some pieces missing from the box we are very happy with this purchase. We contacted the store for the missing parts and they were able to get them for us quickly (Same day.). We have already use this table a lot and I think it's going to hold up well. It is also easy to fold up and move. January 12, 2016 Rated 5 out of 5 by cj This table is sturdy and easy to fold and unfold. The players really like the 2 pockets along each front that holds the ping pong balls January 12, 2016 Rated 4 out of 5 by PaulCENC Good but Very heavy which is a good attribute making table play very true. 2 of braces had pulled from MDF board but was easier to repair with epoxy glue than carry back out to return. 2 of the plastic corners were also broken have to call manufacturer to see if they will send replacements. Folds up and rolls easily. January 12, 2016 Rated 5 out of 5 by teach2 Sturdy and Fun! This ping pong table was given as a gift and has been greatly enjoyed. Heavy duty but easily folds and rolls to needed location. Tray for extra balls at end of table is a nice feature. One caveat: There are many pieces that must be assembled but after this lengthy process this table has been great fun. January 11, 2016 Rated 2 out of 5 by Mike Great design - poorly made. This table has great features and was designed well. However, the manufacturing of this was horrible. The table edges were not finished correctly, and three of the four elbow brackets were installed wrong. I had to take them off, swap them around then reinstall them. One of the bracket/brace was the wrong bracket all together. December 19, 2015 Rated 4 out of 5 by TTTom Great value but not regulation This is probably the best table you can get at this price. The 1" top is solid and the bounce is true. The design, large casters and solid legs make it easy to open, close, move and level. However, it is not the table to use if you want to play a regulation game. When this table is open the gap in the middle is approximately 1 1/8". I do not care how big that gap is as long as the table is the regulation 9 feet, but the large gap makes the table 3/4" too long. The net is higher at the ends than at the middle; it cannot be straightened and cannot be made very tight. The plastic corner guards (two of which had to be adjusted to be below the surface of the table) make it hard to determine if a long high ball has hit the edge of the table or the corner guard. The corner guards should not be necessary, but if guards are added they should be of a softer material, so that one can tell by the sound whether the ball has hit the table or the corner guard. December 11, 2015 Rated 4 out of 5 by Dave Great Table Excellent quality, very sturdy, but one heck of a job to assemble it, you need minimum 3 adults to assemble it. December 5, 2015 Rated 4 out of 5 by GoBlue Very nice mid-range table The 1" mdf top is superb - - a very stable (albeit heavy) surface. The table arrived with a couple aesthetic problems (raised corner guard &amp; bent apron), but Escalade has promised to ship replacement parts ASAP. The large casters and full-length ball holders (both sides) are awesome. The net is purported to be an upgrade, but the all-plastic posts tend to bow when applying appropriate stretch on the net. Overall, a very nice table. November 5, 2015</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  67. <pubDate>Thu, 19 Oct 2023 18:22:00 +0000</pubDate>
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  70. <title>Hand signals in Table Tennis</title>
  71. <description>Do you like to play doubles? Most ping-pong players enjoy a good game of doubles now and again. Playing and winning in doubles competition can be just as rewarding and fun as singles play - after all, there&#039;s two of you to share ...</description>
  72. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/presentation_2013_14_season_officiating_guidelines.jpg" alt="Illegal use of hand Hand check" align="left" /><p>Do you like to play doubles? Most ping-pong players enjoy a good game of doubles now and again. Playing and winning in doubles competition can be just as rewarding and fun as singles play - after all, there's two of you to share the glory and celebrate! But most articles written about table tennis tactics and strategies tend to focus on the singles side of competition, while doubles play tends to be treated as afterthought. There are some important differences between the tactics used for doubles play when compared to singles, so let's have a look at the basics of playing doubles well. It Takes Two I have often seen a doubles team of lesser singles players take on and beat a combination of two stronger singles players. The reason? Just like the old saying, a champion team will beat a team of champions. Two weaker players that know each other's game and play to support each other can be a tougher team to beat than two strong players that don't work well togther. There are also some players who are known as excellent doubles players, simply because they know and apply many of the tactics mentioned below. So if you can understand and use these tips, you should be well on your way to becoming a much better doubles player, regardless of who you partner with. Doubles Serving Tips and Tactics In doubles, you have to serve diagonally to your opponent, from your right hand half of the court to your opponents' right hand half of the court. This reduces the amount of deception you can get from placing the ball well, and allows most opponents to cover the whole half court with either their forehand or backhand side, virtually eliminating the strategy of aiming at their playing elbow. This in turn lowers the effectiveness of longer serves, so most of the serves you perform in doubles should be double bounce serves that bounce low over the net and are difficult to attack. When serving, it is important to remember that it is your partner, not you, who has to make the third stroke. In order to improve your partner's chances of making a good third ball attack, you should try to use services that will help set up your partner's best attacks. For example, if your partner is not very good at attacking backspin balls, it doesn't make a lot of sense to keep serving short backspin serves that force your opponents to push the ball back. Short, low topspin/sidespin or float serves that your opponent can flick (but not with too much power) will give your partner a better chance of making his attack. A series of signals can also be used when serving to allow your partner to know what serves you will be using, without your opponents overhearing. One simple method is to use two separate signals, the first to indicate the spin on the ball by pointing your finger in the direction the ball will go from your opponent's racket (i.e. down for backspin, up for topspin, a fist for float, and point in any direction that your sidespin will take the ball). Then a second signal can be used for the length of the ball (i.e., pointing forward for a long serve, a fist for a normal double bounce serve, and point backwards for a very short serve). Whether the server or his partner makes the signals can depend on several things. Often if one player is much stronger than the other, the better player will tend to make the calls, using his experience to decide what to serve next. If both players are fairly similar in level, quite often the server will make the call, unless his partner has a plan specifically in mind, in which case the partner will signal his suggestions to the server. Doubles Return of Serve Tips and Tactics I feel that the return of serve is often the key to being a winning doubles combination. Since the amount of deception is reduced when serving, a good receiver can often dominate the point, stopping his opponents from attacking and setting up his own partner's attacks. When receiving, you can treat it much like returning serve in singles, with a couple of extra provisos in that you should be trying to force play towards the type of game your partner favors. If you are playing with a good forehand looper who can attack off topspin or backspin, then using mostly crosscourt returns will tend to make the line of play from your opponents go crosscourt towards your partners strong forehand. Likewise, if your partner is a strong blocker, then you should be trying to use flicks and loop returns more often than pushing returns short. If your partner is a little slow on his feet, avoid going to the wide angles too often, which will put his footwork under pressure, and concentrate your returns to the middle of the table more.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  76. <pubDate>Wed, 11 Oct 2023 18:18:00 +0000</pubDate>
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  88. <title>Table Tennis barriers</title>
  89. <description>To be a role model for women and girls is a great honour. It will make a change to their lives. A real positive impact I can say. (Supplied: Oceania Table Tennis Association) Only a year ago, Mere Roden had never played table ...</description>
  90. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/affordable_table_tennis_superstore_table_tennis.jpg" alt="Radak Court Surrounds" align="left" /><p>To be a role model for women and girls is a great honour. It will make a change to their lives. A real positive impact I can say. (Supplied: Oceania Table Tennis Association) Only a year ago, Mere Roden had never played table tennis. Thanks to an international sports development initiative called Smash Down Barriers, part of Australian Aid’s Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) program delivered by Table Tennis Australia and the Oceania Table Tennis Federation, Mere had the opportunity to try her hand at the sport, and the results speak for themselves. Mere’s rise began with a silver medal at the Oceania Table Tennis Championships in Australia, quickly followed by a gold medal at the Pacific Games. She recently competed in China for a wildcard to represent Fiji at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro next year, and although she did not receive the wildcard, she performed strongly in the qualifier. Since discovering a love for table tennis, Mere has become a celebrated sporting star across the Pacific. She trains five days a week and travels to tournaments all over the region to improve her skills and experience. “I train for a minimum time of two hours a day but this sport gets you addicted most times I play on for four hours, ” she says. “I am in love with table tennis!" Mere says the key to her success is the Smash Down Barriers program, which works across four Pacific island countries to increase participation in table tennis activities by people with disability. The program provides Mere the opportunity to regularly play and train against able-bodied players “I give them a choice to stand if they wish because I think it is going to improve my skills and my standard of playing, ” she says. Mere has been using a wheelchair for 10 years, and credits table tennis with helping her to better manage her disability. Ten years ago Mere found a lump in her back, which was causing a lot of pain. She went for a massage to treat the pain, and during the treatment the masseuse accidentally pushed the lump against her spine, causing paraplegia. Mere lost all use of her legs and has required a wheelchair since. “Women and girls with disabilities face many challenges in life, ” Mere says. “Fiji is not so wheelchair friendly, transport costs and the attitudes in the community make life very difficult.” In just under a year, Mere has become the top female para table tennis player in the region and she wants the story of her achievements to motivate and empower people, especially women and girls who are experiencing disability. I think that this should be encouraging to them, give them hope that life doesn’t end there. Having a disability doesn’t mean that you can’t participate. So far the Smash Down Barriers initiative has encouraged over 900 people in the Pacific region to take up table tennis, boosting health outcomes and tackling issues of social inclusion. Oceania Para Table Tennis Development Officer Christian Holtz admits the challenges for the program are immense. People like Mere are rare, because most people with disability have been told time and time again that sport isn’t for them. Not even at a social level.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  97. <title>Roles of Officials in Table Tennis</title>
  98. <description>Table tennis officials are an integral part of our sport, but who are they and what do they do? Find out here... Who are the officials in table tennis and how do you become a table tennis official? Can anyone do it? What ...</description>
  99. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<img src="/img/responsibilities_of_tennis_referees_livestrongcom.jpg" alt="How to Keep Sweaty Hands Dry" align="left" /><p>Table tennis officials are an integral part of our sport, but who are they and what do they do? Find out here... Who are the officials in table tennis and how do you become a table tennis official? Can anyone do it? What qualifications do you need to have? How much money do they get paid? Discover the answers to all these questions, and much more, right here... ^ ^ But first, let's be clear about... Table Tennis Officials When we refer to the officials in table tennis, we often only think about referees and umpires, but there are many other table tennis officials too. You see, in order to run a high-level table tennis event successfully, you'll need referees, deputy and/or assistant referees, competition managers, umpires, assistant umpires, timekeepers, stroke counters, racket testers, technical officers and jury members. by courtesy of the ITTF Additionally, you'll need lots of other officials for tasks such as; preparing the table tennis courts; transporting the players; liaising with the media etc. However, in this article, I'll only be focusing on referees and umpires. Difference between a Referee and an Umpire A referee is usually responsible for the entire running of a table tennis event which includes supervising all the umpires, whereas umpires control individual matches. Can anyone be a Referee and Umpire? So who are the referees and umpires that we see at table tennis events, and can anybody do it? Well, anyone who has an interest in table tennis can apply to be a referee and / or an umpire, but not everyone will be able to reach the necessary standard. The first requirement is to have a good knowledge of the of table tennis together with a clear understanding of how they apply to different competitions. This is necessary in order to ensure a fair result. Referees and umpires also need to be able to control events and matches unobtrusively, so they need to gain the respect and trust of the players and their coaches. They're also responsible for the presentation and running of the entire event. This includes controlling each match and the appearance of the playing area, so they need to be well organised and physically capable of undertaking those tasks. An additional requirement for International Referees and Umpires is the ability to understand and speak the English language. Are Referees and Umpires Paid? The officials in table tennis are usually part-time volunteers, rather than full-time paid officials, who give up their free time for the benefit of the sport of table tennis. However, at some events they are reimbursed for travelling costs, hotel costs, food and other expenses or they are provided free-of-charge. These will vary from competition to competition. Generally, the high profile international table tennis events will always pay expenses and / or provide transport, hotels, food etc, free-of-charge, whereas at a local level there may be none at all. Whenever expenses are paid to officials, they are usually paid by the organiser of the event. Qualifications for Officials So what qualifications do the officials in table tennis require? Well, the type of qualifications which they are required to have will always depend upon the level / standard of the competition at which they are officiating. Additionally, there are diffferent requirements depending on whether they are officiating at an event in their own country, or in another country. If they're running a high-level table tennis event then they will need to be suitably qualified, but for local, lower-level events, they may or may not be required to possess suitable qualifications.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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