Overall, I think that the table tennis unit was fun. First of all, I learned the proper ready position, as shown in the picture below.
My knees are bent and my arm is extended out so that I am ready to receive the ball. Also, I am putting my weight on the balls of my feet (not too much though) and this way I am ready around to move to hit the ping pong ball.
I was also really able to improve my serves and shots. I never realized that my serves were illegal. I never threw the ball 6 inches before I served, however this unit I learned that I have to in order for my serve to be legal so I was able to improve this. Also, my serves used to bounce very high but now I able to get my serves to go low consistently and most importantly, I am able to serve consistently. I have also improved my defensive shots such as the push shot. This shot has been extremely helpful because every time my opponent smashes the ball or spins it, using this shot, I am often able to receive the shot and send it back to the other side instead of loosing a point. I am also able to smash the ball several times. Though it is not very consistent, I am able to do it most of the times and sometimes I am able to keep it low so that it is hard for the opponent to hit the ball back to me as well. Lastly, I am still struggling with my spin shots. I am sometimes able to spin the ball, but it is not consistent. It goes to random spots on the table and sometimes completely off the table.
The activities in class have also been very helpful. At first, we were allowed to choose who we wanted to challenge. However we started to play people that we have never played before. I think that this was useful because I was able to play people with different skill levels and improve my own techniques by watching them. I also learned the proper technique of playing doubles which is where each partner has to alternate hitting the ball. This way each person can make sure they are hitting the ball and not just having one partner hit the ball each time. I am glad that I learned table tennis this year because it was very fun and educational experience.