Friday, December 28, 2007

Spectator and player etiquette for Table Tennis Tournaments

If I were the one to define a proper standard it would be this:

  1. Player Etiquette

    • What's up with the fist making and the grunts? Shutup and keep your celebrations internal. It's borderline taunting.

    • If you are warming up and you notice someone with a clipboard attempting to start a round at that table, stop your play and leave.

    • Keep your coaching to a minimum. Anything longer than a minute is stalling, and any major adjustments that you aren't used to will just mess you up anyway.

    • Keep the profanity under your breath or in your head. No need to spew offensive language at a family event.

    • Feel free to compliment your opponent on a great shot

    • Shake hands when the match is completed.

    • Say the score aloud every time you serve.

    • Be a good sport. If you don't look like you're having fun then it probably isn't.

  2. Spectator Etiquette

    • Clap for your player when they make a good shot, not when the other guy simply messes up.

I'm sure I'll remember a few more and add to this list. Send me you're own thoughts and I'll add them to the list.


freedomrings said...

Good blog. I would add 'learn Chinese' and dominate them outside of the game :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with all of ur points, except for the grunting part. I don't find it disrespectful if my opponent does that after winning a point, I think chinese players employ it well to get into head of the opponents, we just have to get used to it.

Gords said...

I agree that its a tactic to try to annoy the opponent. It works. I don't feel its sportsmanlike though. Just because something isn't disallowed doesn't mean it should be acceptable.