During the 2018 ITTF World Hopes Week & Challenge held in Alicante, Spain from 30 July to 5 August, Joze Urh held another inspiring and informative lecture, that was focused on tactics in table tennis. Together with Japan’s Takashi Watanabe, he was one of the two head coaches for the 2018 ITTF World Hopes Week & Challenge training camp. Currently, Joze Urh is Slovenia’s National Coach & Head Coach of the Slovenian Training Center. He started coaching in 1986. During his career he coached in Italy & Slovenia, and successfully led table tennis players of all levels, Cadets, Juniors, U21s & Seniors.
In Part 2, he talks about: – How to play against an opponent who is staying close to the table, how to get your opponents out of their comfort zone (0:00–3:17) – How to play against an opponent who is staying in the center of the table on half-distance (3:17–4:56) – The basic requirements for a coach to make a good tactical plan (4:56–5:59) – How to keep the player focused, not get sidetracked, follow the plan and avoid distractions (5:59–12:00) – The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 1 – (12:00–17:00) – The Q&A part of the lecture – Question 2 – (17:00–20:41)
In Part 1, he talks about: – He introduces the topic, how, when & why tactics come into play (0:00–2:43) – How the technical complexities of each individual sport influence different tactical possibilities and why tactics are so important in table tennis (2:43–4:43) – What is Tactic? He divides Tactic into two parts, Playing by Chance & Following a Plan (4:43–5:59) – Why tactical skills are important, preparation is key (5:59–7:50) – The difference between tactic and short advice using a practical example (7:50–11:21) – When a coach needs to prepare a tactical plan & how it depends on the level of each player (11:21–13:03) – How an effective tactical plan is possible when a coach knows his/her player and their opponent also & how to read the opposing player (13:03–15:29) – The 3 different categories of opposing players & how to prepare the tactical plan for each category (15:29–18:57)