Competition Information Sheet

This information sheet is used at SUNS but is mostly applicable to all clubs.
All team players are expected to take full responsibility for turning up for their team’s matches according to the playing schedule handed out. If your captain does not hear from you, you are expected to turn up.
All away matches start at 7.30 pm unless otherwise indicated on the draw.
All Suns home matches on Fridays to commence 7.45 pm.
Please ensure your team arrives by 7.30 pm or earlier to help setting up the tables etc.
If a player cannot make it on one of the scheduled playing nights, he or she must ring the captain “in a timely manner” to enable sufficient time for organising a replacement. Be as fair as possible towards your fellow team members and avoid cancellations. Phone numbers are shown on the team sheet handed out.
In a 3 person team all players play 4 matches: 2 singles and 2 doubles with different partners. If a 4th player is available, he or she can play 3 doubles, with different partners, instead of the others playing 2 doubles.
In cases where a team cannot finish its matches in time, ie 10.45pm, a second table should be used to ensure all matches are finished. Unfinished matches by 10.45pm are to be forfeited and cost the home team a point for every match not played.
Umpiring is as much part of your team’s responsibility as playing, so please ensure everybody takes his or her turn. Be decisive and firm and do not accept arguments between players and make sure players serve correctly**. Penalty points apply after one warning.
Play should not be interrupted. Complaints may be directed in writing to the SNDTTA  after the match, but the umpire’s decision is final during the rubber.
You are encouraged to wear your Club shirt for both the home and away games.
The captain is responsible for filling out the score sheet in a proper (Full Names) and legible manner and duly signed when finalised by both captains. For home games the sheet may be left at the desk for mailing, but when winning an away game the score sheet should be mailed to the match recorder’s address shown on the playing schedule
Don’t forget, the dates shown on the match program are the commencing Mondays  of  each week. The playing nights of that week for each club are shown under “night” next to the teams participating.
 All players are asked and expected to help storing away the tables and other equipment at the end of a night’s play. Please always handle  equipment with care.
Finally, bats are not to be changed during a match unless broken and “Time Out” is only allowed when changing ends. Towelling is acceptable every 6 points.
ITTF 2022 Handbook Rules (page 36 and 37)

2.6.1 Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server's stationary free hand. 
2.6.2 The server shall then project the ball near vertically upwards, without imparting spin, so that it rises at least 16cm after leaving the palm of the free hand and then falls without touching anything before being struck.
 2.6.3 As the ball is falling the server shall strike it so that it touches first his or her court and then touches directly the receiver's court; in doubles, the ball shall touch successively the right half court of server and receiver. 
2.6.4 From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by the server or his or her doubles partner or by anything they wear or carry. 
2.6.5 As soon as the ball has been projected, the server’s free arm and hand shall be removed from the space between the ball and the net. The space between the ball and the net is defined by the ball, the net and its indefinite upward extension. 
2.6.6 It is the responsibility of the player to serve so that the umpire or the assistant umpire can be satisfied that he or she complies with the requirements of the Laws, and either may decide that a service is incorrect. If either the umpire or the assistant umpire is not sure about the legality of a service he or she may, on the first occasion in a match, interrupt play and warn the server; but any subsequent service by that player or his or her doubles partner which is not clearly legal shall be considered incorrect. 
2.6.7 Exceptionally, the umpire may relax the requirements for a correct service where he or she is satisfied that compliance is prevented by physical disability. 

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