TTX new ITTF initiative

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Last updated 6 years ago

Shaun Synot

Shaun Synot Asked 6 years ago

What is your opinion of the new initiative of the ITTF.  TTX.World?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

HI Shaun,

I love that the ITTF are trying to do something to get the sport out to the general public.

I would love to hear other people's thoughts on it.

They have also sent out a Press release on this. The New Revolution in Table Tennis - Table Tennis X.


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Shaun Synot

Shaun Synot Posted 6 years ago

I think that as usual they have too many rules. It should have simply been, the person with the most points after 2 minutes wins. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

From having run some fun games for kids I find that you need rules in place because otherwise someone will push the envelope.  I think they are willing to change things so send in some suggestions.

Arjan van Luttikhuizen

Arjan van Luttikhuizen Posted 6 years ago

I think that time limited sets are a little weird, won't that cause a lot of trouble in casual play where a person who is ahead starts buying time with a slow serve routine and walking slowly to get the ball? It's just not realistic to only count rally time without some umpire or equipment available.

The prospect of changing your strategy according to the point differential is awesome though. Aggressive, trying to get winners when you're far behind. Defensive retrieving style play when you've got a good lead...

I'm really a fan of the winner rule, the standardised equipment, no serving rules (since the bats have little spin it's OK)

It sounds like TTX is actually going to make using outdoor tables viable so I'm definitely going to buy a set of TTX bats and give it a shot. We have quite a few outdoor tables in the parks and playgrounds around here.

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 6 years ago

I think that the better decision would be to endorse the hardbat movement. Otherwise, we have one more variation of the sport that will divide the population of the players. And I don't like the time limit idea, it is too much fuss.

Nagaraj Hegde

Nagaraj Hegde Posted 6 years ago

I think just like how basketball has "streetball" this is the table tennis version of it. Pretty interesting, and i'd love to see how the game differs from the normal table tennis. I also think that this game will require less practice and understanding of spin compared to table tennis. cant tell for sure, but it depends on the bat and the ball. 

Shaun Synot

Shaun Synot Posted 6 years ago

I think they should make it up to 5 or 7, no serving rules. The time limit is not practical because most people don't wear watches anymore. You would probably need a third person to time the matches on their phone.

Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 6 years ago

I also don't like the time limit, because who's ahead can "milk the clock", and it is impractical to know how much time is left. The one with the watch will have to check the time before every serve basically, and often that will be one of the players, and often he will forget. The only environment I could imagine this working is in a sport hall with a big timer at the wall and a buzzer when the time is over, all the tables playing at the same time. Anyway, I don't like the time limit. I'd rather reduce the number of points per game, as Shaun suggested.

For the rest, lost of it is copy/pasted from the "ping-pong"/hardbat rules. I think the "extra points" rules are good to incorporate into regular table tennis training matches, because they promote active / aggressive play and they add a level of tension that can help getting used to the real matches stress. The "wildcard" puts you in a situation where you really want to win that next point. The possibility of a "Winner" encourages you to either play faster shots or to outposition your opponent, rather than play safer / easier shots. That is very good for training.

As I mostly think of it as a way to "spice up" regular training matches, I don't like the "no serve rules", because it will make players get bad habits which are unsuitable for the regular game.

Arjan van Luttikhuizen

Arjan van Luttikhuizen Posted 6 years ago

Or impose a number of rallies played instead of a time limit.

Game ends after 10 points are played or a player forfeits.

Arjan van Luttikhuizen

Arjan van Luttikhuizen Posted 6 years ago

With one deciding point if it's a tie after 10 played points, obviously.

david j

david j Posted 6 years ago

no interest at all. it's basically a Light version of table tennis

great if you just want to have casual fun with some friends without caring about competition i guess

Marcin Lonak

Marcin Lonak Posted 6 years ago

For me silly. Time and money waste. 

In my opinion, ittf please don't bring always new ideas. Rather take the old ones and make them appear new or fresh.

Investing in quality videos and good commentary so that people start to understand spin-rubber relation would be better. Adam Bobrow for example is a great first step to refresh table tennis reputation. And of course Pingskills too;)

Nicolas Matthew

Nicolas Matthew Posted 6 years ago

It is not a good ida for me. I feel like they are making table tennis worldwide but losing some important aspect of the sport itself. It is way much better to spread table tennis through training. By giving a real training, a player can appreciate the sport and the skill involved not only the fun. The serve rule is plain weird and not great, they will never understand the beauty of the real serve instead everyone might serve from under the table or anything else they come up with. Training also includes "real table tennis" spreading through social media, tournaments, advertisement, and other relatable things.

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