Second paragraph, "... must bounce at least once anywhere in the servers court, ..."
I think the "at least" is not necessary, and potentially confusing. Implications are sufficiently clarified in the scoring section, but for a "simplified rules" sheet I'd omit those two words.
The last bullet point mentions the "free hand" but I can't find any definition of "free hand" in the rules. I am not sure that it is obvious to everyone.
Also, a couple of rules surprised me: no stomping and no strokes with bat edge. Are those universally valid for hardbat competitions?
Nice section on best practices. You did a good job getting the ruleset onto a single page, with some useful and interesting additional info.
Thanks for your help. It is much appreciated.RALLIES -
Sounds reasonable. I think this is my turn of phrase revealing itself. I have deleted the two words.SCORING - Free Hand:
I think the meaning of this would be clear to most people within the context of the text. However, seeing as the previous line ended being very long, I have amended both lines to read:
touches the ball with any part of their body or clothes, except any part of their hand carrying the bat.
touches the table or the net with any part of their free hand, not carrying the bat.No Strokes With Bat Edge:
USATT rule 188.8.131.52 "if the opponent strikes the ball with a side of the racket blade whose surface does not comply with the requirements of 2.4.3, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5". USATT rule 2.4.3 "2.4.3 A side of the blade used for striking the ball shall be covered with either ordinary pimpled rubber, with pimples outwards having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 2mm, or sandwich rubber, with pimples inwards or outwards, having a total thickness including adhesive of not more than 4mm."
I would read this to mean that you cannot deliberately hit the ball with a part of the bat not covered by rubber. The edge of the blade is not covered in rubber and so cannot be deliberately used to hit the ball. However, the line seems a little picky in retrospect, for something that is unlikely to ever happen, so I have deleted it in order to save space.No Foot Stomping:
Although not specifically mentioned in section 3.5.2 on Misbehavior, I define Foot Stomping as a deliberate action designed to take advantage of a gymnasium floor to intimidate their opponent, NOT because the floor and acoustics were responsible for making noises naturally louder. Foot stomping is not evidence of superior skill, but it is unnecessary bullying. I would also add that it is cheating by virtue of gamesmanship. Examples I would site in other sports are John McEnroe's famous bad temper in Tennis and now Tennis Players grunting at their opponent with every shot. Or the professional foul or dive and attempting to manipulate the referee in football. It is bad sportsmanship of the worst sort because it is so insidious.
My genuine apologies to the foot stompers out there, and without wanting to ignite an argument over foot-stomping, every example I have seen required deliberate effort and was no accident. They were also timed to coincide with EVERY serve by a player or when making a significant shot that might have led to winning a point. I would politely ask someone to stop if they began foot stomping while we were playing. I would also refuse to play with them any further if they persisted. I understand that some people use Foot Stomping in competition, but if such bad attitudes and activities are not opposed then some bright spark might go on to start manipulate the Let rules or maybe even the Expedite System.
Thanks for the note of approval. I have really spent a lot of effort doing this and it required a lot of my skills in Word to get it all to fit on the one page.