Chinese Super League decider game to 7 points

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Milos Svircev

Milos Svircev Asked 8 years ago

Hi Alois & Jeff. I've got a question for you. The Chinese Super League has just started, and some 5-game matches were played. What's weird is that the decider games were played until just 7 points. Do you maybe know why? Are they maybe trying to test a potential new rule or something?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 8 years ago

Hi Milos,

I hadn’t caught up with that.  It does sound like it may be a test for a new rule.

What do others think about the potential change?

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LIU Ada Posted 8 years ago

I am a table tennis scientific worker in China. As the reason of why change the dicider game to 7 points, I found a comment from Liaoning Provincal leader coach,maybe you can translate it into English , I think his words was more reasonable. 新赛制对于每支球队来讲都是公平的,大家所要面临的问题都是一样的。新赛制要求运动员一定要格外注重开局阶段的状态,从一开局运动员就要迅速进入状态,紧紧掌控比赛节奏。一旦慢热,失去了场上主动权,那么在被动状态下若想反超将非常困难。

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 8 years ago

Thanks Liu Ada,

Here's what Google translate gave me:


The new game system is fair for every team in terms of the problem we have to face are the same. New Competition System requirements athlete must pay extra attention to the state beginning stages, going from a start athlete quickly enter the state, tightly controlled rhythm. Once the slow, lost initiative in the field, so if you want to overtake in the passive state will be very difficult


Milos Svircev

Milos Svircev Posted 8 years ago

Thanx Alois & Jeff and also thanx Liu Ada. It all makes sense, the Chinese are always several steps ahead of the rest of the World and that's why they're the best. They are constantly searching for new ways to increase the pressure on their players and thus make them more prepared to face their opponents. We should all look up to them.

One detail I've noticed while watching CSL (btw YT user janus770 has uploaded several 2015 matches on his channel), and it's totally off "7-point topic", but is still interesting: they don't go to get the ball if the ball goes far from the table after the point, they simply get another ball from the umpire, and they skip warming up with the new ball - they just jump into another point. So, later in the game you can see several balls lying around at the end of the ring :-) . The balls get picked up after every game. I guess that's their way to speed up the pace of the game.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Here is a comment from Graeme Ireland our friendly Super International Ref:

Chinese Super League

The  last comment about the balls not being picked up was actually a proposition at the 2013 BOD meeting in Paris. China put up the proposal and it was discussed, but no decision was made at the time and it was deferred for future submission. You may find their rationale interesting.



 In recent years, table tennis competitions are becoming more attractive to the audience, and the playing courts have been enlarged as well, especially in the semi-finals and finals of important international competitions. As the courts are getting bigger, it takes longer time for the players to pick up the balls, therefore time is wasted and the audience might fell bored. During important matches with TV broadcasting, especially the semi-finals and finals of important international competitions, using more than 1 ball in one game can save the time for picking up balls, and shorten the period of each game. Before starting each point, the deputy umpire can throw the ball to the player, and when that game is ended or paused, the ball boys can pick up the balls and return them to the deputy umpire. We have used this method in the China Table Tennis Super League for 2 years, and the result was positive.

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