Becoming an umpire

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 11 months ago

D K

D K Asked 1 year ago

Greetings Alois,

I slowly plan to get an umpire licence.

I wanted to ask how exactly it is with the services like Ovtcharov uses,which are relatively vertical at first,but land far from original throwpoint due to it being very difficult to perform such a high toss really vertically.

Secondly, I want to ask how can I be objective in situations like judging in/out (edge balls),verticality of serve,visibility of serve etc.  Many players here who play with umpires present are powerful players experience about table tennis and also they are mostly much higher ranked umpires themselves.

Thanks
Dan


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 year ago

Hi Dan,

Umpiring is a difficult business especially when it comes to serves.  It is up for a bit of interpretation.

There is some leniency with the vertical rule.  Because he is throwing the ball up so much it will land in a different position even though it is quite vertical.  I think there are other players that throw the ball on more of an angle.

Making your own calls will be determined on the rules and your interpretation within the rules.

There is the 2019 ITTF Handbook that will help you with some interpretation.


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D K

D K Posted 1 year ago

Thank you Alois,we would get the handbook in printed form and national language at enrolling the umpire course.

And..do you think it is a good decision for a young boy to become an umpire?
Mostly noting the situation that the powerful players,as mentioned above,are usually much higher ranked umpires?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 months ago

I think it is a great idea to become an umpire.  There are a lot of opportunities for umpires and you get to watch some pretty impressive matches from the best seat in the house.


D K

D K Posted 11 months ago

Thank you for encouragement.

Though,how to solve the last mentioned situation?
(Young,inexperienced boy doing an umpire for clash of two players,who are much more experienced umpires themselves)


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 months ago

That is ok. If they are umpires they should accept the umpire’s decision.


D K

D K Posted 11 months ago

Well...OK.
I ask about it because majority of players still use hidden serves.


Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 11 months ago

In my training area, when we do the umpire's job, no one calls for the fault


D K

D K Posted 11 months ago

I am not sure how to understand that,Jasper



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