Fault Serve is Umpire Subjective!

Fault Serve is Umpire Subjective!


Welcome back to PingSunday, the best place
to learn table tennis. Let’s talk about a “Fault” (not Faut) serve
or Good Serve? What is the legal serve? And some ridiculous umpire decision? How to communicate with the umpire? Understand their gestures. In general, the ITTF umpires don’t talk much,
or they don’t know how to talk, to explain to the players. Or maybe they don’t like speaking, I think. So you need to learn the umpire signal, the
code. It’s not difficult. It’s easy! You need to learn just 8 simple signals. But firstly, let’s see some showcase. The viewers are angry. Players seem to be disturbed. The umpire is isolated. No one is happy in this situation. And the communication between the umpire and
the players is minimized. You can see that the match is destroyed! And the show is destroyed by a simple stupid
serve rule. Before analyzing this example, I want to say. I’m also a table tennis umpire in France. I’m not a random guy, and I understand well
the table tennis rules. It’s not too complicated to become an umpire
in table tennis. Here is my material case. A net height check ruler, and also a rubber
thickness checker. A yellow card. I’m a member of UNATT (National Union of Table
Tennis Referee). A red card. And a white card. A coin. Another gauge. And a “muchoir” to clean the table. Let’s see who is right. The umpire said “Let”, and explained by his
gesture. OK, so what does this mean? In general, there are about 8 gestures of
the umpire that you should know. I’ve explained all of this on pingsunday,
just search “table tennis serving rule pingsunday” to find it. Here you are, the 8 simples gestures of
an umpire: So what does this umpire wants to say. He means “Fault number 7. Please throw the ball near vertical”. Are you kidding me? Mr. Umpire? The serve of Liángjìngkūn is completely
clean. He threw the ball near vertical, high enough,
outside the table, and no hidden serve. So what is the problem here? This one is the same. No problem with this serve. Very clear and clean. You need to check your eye Mr. umpire. Liángjìngkūn performed the pendulum serve
near the middle of the table. This serving style is very similar to Timo
Boll. And both Timo Boll, and Liángjìngkūn have
one of the cleanest serves on the international circuit. So in my opinion, there are 2 big problems
for the current ITTF umpire. 1) The role of an umpire or a referee is to
maintain the match in the fluid order. So that the players can play without disruption
and the viewers could enjoy the match. This the main role of an umpire: Is to keep
the match in a normal way. But their role is not to teach the player
“how to serve”. You know, the rule, the theory is always something
I say “grey”. Something like “near vertical”, “high enough”,
so it’s all estimation. It’s very subjective. So it depends on the umpire. We don’t have an exact measurement. So the umpire should be flexible. For example, this case, look at this serve
of Ovtcharov. Is it near vertical? I’m not sure, it’s on the borderline. But why we should interrupt this point. Because even he threw the ball not very vertical,
it does not disturb the opponent. If the opponent doesn’t complain, they can
read very well the serve. Then the umpire should not interrupt the game. It’s disgusting for the viewers. 2) the quality of the umpire is very low. They are mostly old, and mostly the “amateur”
players. They know the rule of the serve, but they
don’t know how to serve. So how can they be a referee to catch the
pro’s serving fault? I’m sure! Give them a racket, and a ball. Like this case, you will see. Disclaimer: I respect every table tennis umpire. But I just want to say the current state of
the umpire. There is still something to improve. I hope we can do better, for the image of
table tennis.