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8 Umpire Hand Signals You Need to Know

In table tennis, there are 8 umpire hand gestures that you need to know. Why?


Why do you need to learn the umpire gestures?

Because the role of the umpire is not to talk to you. The umpire is not there to explain to you the rule. They don’t talk much, but just only give you the hand gestures.

This is also one of the problems for some new players in table tennis. They come to the tournament, but they don’t know the hand signals of the umpire. And they continue to do the same fault serve.

Umpire is verifying the playing condition - net height
Umpire is verifying the playing condition – net height. They are there to control the match, but not to explain to you how to serve

 

In table tennis, there are not only official rules that you should know. It’s a must!

Note: There are 05 crucial serving rules that every players should know.

But also there are some “unwritten rules” that you should follow too. These rules are to keep the game in the good “etiquette” way – the correct way to play table tennis.

You are not allowed to hide your serve with the shoulder
You are not allowed to hide your serve with the shoulder

 


8 Simple Umpire Hand Signals

So here you are, the 8 basic umpire hand signals.

For example, if the umpire show you fault #1 “Your service is not high enough”, then you should throw the ball at least 16 cm.



If you still have some questions, read the full guide “5 basic serving rules” here.

 

01 Your Serve is not high enough
01 Your Serve is not high enough

 

02 Your palm is not open
02 Your palm is not open

 

03 Dont hide your serve
03 Don’t hide your serve

 

04 Dont throw the ball below the table
04 Don’t throw the ball below the table

 

05 Dont serve inside the end line
05 Don’t serve inside the end line

 

06 Dont throw the ball with your fingers
06 Don’t throw the ball with your fingers

 

07 Please throw the ball near vertical
07 Please throw the ball near vertically

 

08 Dont throw towards your body
08 Don’t throw towards your body

 

Watch this video to understand more the importance of reading the umpire gestures.

 

 


Official Hand Signals for Umpires

Two signals all umpires, referees should use when in the chair.

Server use to indicate a change in server
Server use to indicate a change in server
Use to indicate a let serve
Use to indicate a let serve

 



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7 thoughts on “8 Umpire Hand Signals You Need to Know”

  1. this was very helpful and i really like this. I’m now going to be a empire for table tennis. But all respect goes to Charlie Bone for helping me

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