Table Tennis Discipline makes a difference?
I’m currently leading an Easter Table Tennis Training Camp in Malta. At the HiTT Academy in Valletta run by world-renowned TT coach Mario Genovese.
The moment I stepped into the training hall, I instantly noticed something extra special!
Let me paint the picture for you before I reveal what I felt is special.
- Has one main hall, with six tables
- Two other small areas where you have one table and potentially 1 or 2 tables area but it’s mainly used for physicals.
- Back run space is very small only close to the table play is possible, unless you reduce the number of tables and manoeuvred them lengthways.
- The hall is underground which gets humid and dusty.
- The hall is limited in usage due to it being a school hall.
- The lights are poor
The list can be continued but I’ll leave it there because it’s a taste as to what the players deal with.
Today the hall had some building work and naturally, there was plenty of frustrating noises. Nevertheless, training continued and this is where I must admit I’m yet to have coached a more disciplined group of youngsters & adults.
Special attitude and Table Tennis discipline:
On my arrival, I was warmly greeted and respected instantly which made me feel empowered to give them my best. I gathered the players for a physical warm up and it was beautiful watching them gracefully go through the routine; No cheating, no talking, no arguing when one person got in someone’s way by mistake, it was just bliss!
A did my usual group chat prior to our training and each player aged 7 upwards was fully attentive and responsive when directed at.
I quickly realised why this club is the most successful club on the Island by a country mile and then it hit home, why the leading TT nations such as; Japan, Germany, China, France, Korea are top of the tree! Table Tennis DISCIPLINE and without that special attribute you will not and can not succeed inside the sport.
Table Tennis Disciplines include:
- Commitment: Wanting and willing to do what is required to get results.
- Hard work: Willingness to; sweat, train harder, smarter and longer than others
- Drive: making your surroundings suit your needs and accepting certain circumstances with a will to make the most of it. Or change to a different environment in which you feel will cater for your needs.
There was not one person in the hall today who came up to me complaining, something I hear and have daily in England!
They had about 20 different things to complain about but they smiled and in many ways embraced the good fortune of having; a hall, a coach, tables, balls etc.
It’s a lesson that we must all encirclement and if we can install this kind of discipline and grateful attitude, you’re guaranteed success.
Written by Eli Baraty featuring HiTTA Malta