This article is for any aspects of the rules that need clarification.
Rules of Table Tennis (Laws)
Question: If a player throws the ball up to serve and lets it drop to the floor or catches it without playing a stroke, is it a point against that player?
Comments: Mick Wilcockson): Yes unless the player is distracted by some outside influence and then it is the umpire's decision. The ball is in play when it leaves the hand.
John Farmery: I have asked people and many thought (including me) that the rule was the same as tennis, and that it would be a dead point. I and others have checked the rules and they back Mick's answer up.
Giving advice during a table tennis match
On 1st October 2016 the ITTF Regulation (184.108.40.206) regarding giving advice during a table tennis match changed. Prior to this date a player can only receive advice in the intervals between games and during any authorised suspension of play, such as for injury, but not in the period between the end of practice and the start of play.
From the 1st October 2016 the new Regulation (220.127.116.11) states “Players may receive advice at any time except during rallies provided that continuity of play is not affected (18.104.22.168); if any authorised person gives advice illegally the umpire shall hold up a yellow card to warn him or her that any further such offence will result in his or her dismissal from the playing area.”
This regulation relates to competitions conducted on or on behalf of the national body – e.g. National Championships, B.L., C.C., E.L.C.C. The regulation does not relate to Local League matches.
York has decided not to adopt it so a player can only receive advice in the intervals between games and during any authorised suspension of play, such as for injury, but not in the period between the end of practice and the start of play.