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PostPosted: 16 Aug 2019, 09:47 
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I know that stamping ones foot while serving is fairly common. I was told that players did it to stop the receiver reading the spin of the serve based on the sound of the ball hitting the rubber. This always seemed wrong to me, how is it any different from hiding the serve behind your body or the arm? Anyway, I sometimes find it just a little annoying not so much from the noise point of view, but sometimes the stomp is so hard that it shakes the net, making me think for a split second that the serve is a let, and thus distrct me from making a good return.

I wonder - what is to stop me as a receiver, from stomping my own foot just as or before the server serves???!!!


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I also wonder what could stop you from yelling "Chole!" just as the server serves. Imagine that would distract them quite a bit.


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The foot stomp thing was from back before the two color rule. You could have long pips on one side and inverted on the other, and both of them black. And you could serve with either side. Problem was, they SOUNDED quite different. Can't say I've seen people do it deliberately any more, since you can tell which side is which based on the color.

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Foot stomping is not strictly illegal per se. However you can argue that it is in the realms of ungentlemanly conduct and if you are put off by it - the sound, the vibration or whatever - you should complain. Even more if it is not a natural part of the serve action.

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I remember one year international umpires started warning players and calling lets when they stamped. Someone (might've been Tim Boggan) complaining about it (the umpires penalizing players that is, not the stomping) in Table Tennis Topics. Can't remember if this was before or after the two color rule. With the rubber matting they use for these days for international events, I doubt you could make that loud of a noise anymore anyway..

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