Assessing the Player
An article by ITTA Tutor Owen Kelly on some quick and easy methods for early assessment of club players
USA Table Tennis Club Handbook A very comprehensive source of information for anyone wanting to set up a club or looking to improve their current club structure, with tips on fundraising, equipment and procedure.
Coaching Active Retirement Groups Article by Owen Kelly Table tennis can be played at any age and to illustrate this during my average coaching week, my youngest student is just 4 years old any my oldest is over 80. Somewhat surprisingly they have actually been playing the game the same amount of time and they are even learning the same skills, however I do approach their respective coaching sessions in a differing manner.
Access and Inclusion in Irish Table Tennis Article by Owen Kelly Munster Special Olympics Head Coach "The ITTA is committed to providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport of Table Tennis and to be able to reach their full potential." Is this really true?
Promoting Table Tennis in Ireland Article by Owen Kelly Table Tennis has advantages over many sports on offer to schools and clubs. In order to promote participation within the sport we need to show these advantages and encourage more schools and clubs to take up the sport.
ITTA 1 Star Award Download Word file for the award scheme run by the ITTA in order to encourage development in a safe non-competitive environment.
Manual for Novice Coaches (WCTTA) by Owen Kelly The manual was originally published by the WCTTA to help teachers and club officials coach the rudements of the sport to beginners. This is a non-illustrated version of that publication. Please feel free to print and circulate.
Feeding the athlete
An article for TTIreland on introducing the basics of sports nutrition to junior players, the use of Carbohydrates and Glycogen production
A useful player analysis form, to help identify weaknesses in competition and training.
Criteria For Selection The NTSC has published guidelines for the selection of both junior and senior table tennis squads.
A new project to record all Irish International selections and player profiles. If you have represented Ireland and would like to be included please email me your details here OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST:
A COMPLETE 32 PLAYER DRAW SHEET. Supplied by Ulster Branch A complete 32 player tournament format as used at the New Year Challenge. This sheet can be adapted for fewer players.(15kb.gif)
MATCH PREPARATION : CHECK LIST ROLE OF UMPIRE by Kiron Choudery
Information for Umpires. Umpiring is an important part of table tennis and Umpiring is often an underestimated skill. Here is a list of just some of the things you need to remember.
The Role of the Umpire an article submitted IN 2004 by Irish Umpire Kiron Choudhury.
Sowing the Seeds A Profile of Coach Ivan Shorten interview by Owen Kelly Feb 2006 One of the first qualified Level 1 Coaches, Munster Director of Participation and Coach of 12 All Ireland winning teams. TTIreland presents a profile of a dedicated and committed table tennis coach and an ambitious Kinneigh TT Club Chairman.
Michael Cunningham - The Man in the Driving Seat interview by Owen Kelly Feb 2006 8 times Irish Paralympian Michael Cunningham his reputation as a highly skilled proponent of the game has been long established. He talks to TTIreland about Wheelchair table tennis.
An Interview with Helmut Hampl article from Butterfly News 2005 One for the coaches. Helmut Hampl 52-years old was elected Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2002 by the German federation he is credited as discoverer and supporter of Jörg Roßkopf and Timo Boll
An interview with Zhang Yining article from Butterfly News 2005 A short interview with currently the most successful woman in table tennis World and Olympic Champion Zhang Yining from China
An interview with Laurie PHAI PANG ITTF article by Ian Marshall Dec 2004 Laurie PHAI PANG of France is one of those players who responds to the pressure of competition. Eighteen years old, just; she was seventeen when the ITTF World Junior Championships in Kobe started.
An Interview with Josh Boyd Article for TTIreland Original publication July 2003: Ulster youngster Josh Boyd who is off to Grantham College in the UK for the next two years: "My dream is to be a Professional table tennis player and this gives me the chance to see if I've got what it takes."