Hiding the ball illegal

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 5 years ago

Anton Strand

Anton Strand Asked 5 years ago

Hi, I have seen some players who raise their non-playing hand when serving harder, isn't it illegal? beacause you are not allowed to hide the ball behind your arm.

AN EXAMPLE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmHMV9OYRz4&t=305s


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 5 years ago

Hi Anton,

It is hard to tell from the angle of the footage but you are not allowed to hide the contact of the ball with your free hand.

It is a rule that is difficult for the umpires to judge from where they are sitting as well.

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