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In matches where the central umpire is absent and the game is adjudicated by the players themselves, what's the rule or protocol for resolving point disputes between the opposing players? We had a dispute last week when our doubles opponents claimed that my partner's service missed the serving court. We disputed the claim as we adamantly believed that the ball, at worst, touched the centre line after crossing the net. The opposing team then claimed that line balls are deemed "out", which we also disputed. After failing to find an official to clarify the rules, the point was eventually replayed. At the end of the match our opponents offered us a rather cold handshake and asked us to check the rules.
A google on table tennis rules seemed to indicate that line balls are considered "in"?
"For doubles, each court shall be divided into 2 equal half-courts by a white centre line, 3mm wide, running parallel with the side lines; the centre line shall be regarded as part of each right half-court".
Yes the ball is in if it lands on the line so you were correct on that.
Unfortunately there are no set rules when there is no umpire but the normal etiquette is that if both parties think differently then you replay the point.
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