The Table Tennis Serve
Is your serve legal?
The question of what constitutes a legal serve was discussed at the League AGM in May.
Illegal serves give the server an unfair advantage. Umpires are sometimes reluctant to call illegal
serves - perhaps because they don't want to create antagonism, or because they aren't quite sure about the laws of table tennis.
The reluctance to give offence is understandable, but not calling
illegal serves often causes ill-feeling too,
even if nothing is said openly during the match.
Adrian Reeves, who's a Table Tennis England Local Level 1 qualified umpire (meaning he can umpire up to County level), has provided these notes. Adrian's aim is to help League match
umpires and players improve the legality of serving, so it ceases to be an issue! Hopefully people will talk about this,
and point players especially in their own team or club to Adrian's notes if they feel it's necessary.
You can read Adrian's notes here.