In 1981 the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) introduced hand signals for use by international umpires. So, in addition to controlling the match with verbal communication, umpires can also use approved hand signals to indicate certain decisions. This is especially useful where the noise level makes it difficult for the umpire to be heard.
Universal hand signal exists in table tennis community. Show the thumb up to say that you are going to serve a topspin serve This server gives the signal to his partner: I will do a topspin serve.
The umpire is not there to explain to you the rule. They don’t talk much, but just only give you the hand gestures. This is also one of the problems for some new players in table tennis. They come to the tournament, but they don’t know the hand signals of the umpire. And they continue to do the same fault serve.
Basic hand signal of the official table tennis umpire. Here are common 8 common table tennis serve fault (Based on the official ITTF Serving laws with Umpire Study Case) Throwing not high enough; Palm is not open during the serve; Hidden serve; Throwing the ball behind the line; Throwing below the table; The ball rests on the palm
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by courtesy of the ITTF. If this happens during a team match, and ANY authorised person (usually the other players in the team) gives advice to the player after a yellow card has been shown, the umpire will hold up a red card and send that person away from the playing area, whether or not they were the person previously warned.
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