03 Jun 2017

Parent and coach, it is the subject of a study currently being undertaken by Venezuela’s Luisana Perez at the Universidad Nacional Experimental Francisco de Miranda under the mentorship of Dr. Wilmer Chavez Rea.

The initiative involves 15 coaches and is supported by the Latin American Table Tennis Union.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Staged in Lima, Peru in October 2016, a Latin American Hopes Week ignited the initiative with Luisana Perez deciding the title as the P-Coach.

“It was determined that the relationship between P-Coach and the player was not assertive, mainly in the age between eight years to 11 years, when the player still belongs to the Hopes category.” Luisana Perez.

Various activities were researched to examine problems that occur in the double role; the P-Coach being identified as father, mother, uncle, aunt, grandparent or close relative.

“The situation is more complicated than it seems, because the young player is not able to recognize the two roles in the adult. Therefore, the status of the relative is the one that will prevail. A child does not have clarity of the situation; the relation and emotional development may be affected in the long term.” Luisana Perez

Luisana Perez describes the situation as “axiology in table tennis, basically determining the items that are valuable and thus suggesting that parents, coaches, leaders and especially the P-Coach must implement strategies and tools to strengthen learning. The eventual outcome is to produce well-balanced players ready to face any future challenges.

“I want to thank all those who are participating in this initiative. It is a great experience that will be of great value to helping coaches. The Latin American Table Tennis Union, led by Juan Vila has supported the project being well received at the Congress staged in Panama earlier this year”, Luisana Perez

The aim is to complete the study before Saturday 1st July and present a digital and audiovisual guide built later in the year in October.

If you wish to contribute to the research or require further details, contact Luisana Perez; email: pcoach.lat@gmail.com

 Day Five: Liebherr 2017 World Championships
Photos: courtesy of Luisana Perez

Coaches: Maideee Vannish (Panama), Noema Mena (Dominican Republic), Gonzalo Torres (Bolivia), Carlos Araneda (Chile), Richard Davison (Jamaica), Hazare Gopaul (Venezuela), Lupe Ledezma (Ecuador), Roberto Brito (Dominican Republic), Bladimir Diaz (Puerto Rico), Medina (Honduras), Monica Miramontes (Mexico), Francisco Lopez (Venezuela), Guillermo Osorio (Venezuela), Roger Zambrano (Venezuela) Hector Vivas (Venezuela).

Contributors: Professor Ana María Machado (Uruguay), Paul Bermeo (Ecuador), Lincon Yasuda (Brazil), Juan Acosta (Peru).
Research manuscripts: G. Tepper (2008) The stages of learning in table tennis, P. Molodzoff (2008) Table tennis as a competitive sport, A. Bandura (1975) Learning Vicar, L. Kohlberg (1969) The moral development of the child, Gutierrez (2005) Values in sport, International Olympic Committee (2004) The Olympic Charter.

Research manuscripts: G. Tepper (2008) The stages of learning in table tennis, P. Molodzoff (2008) Table tennis as a competitive sport, A. Bandura (1975) Learning Vicar, L. Kohlberg (1969) The moral development of the child, Gutierrez (2005) Values in sport, International Olympic Committee (2004) The Olympic Charter.

Development, Education and Training Athletes Luisana Perez