Insider,Swing Back IF and Frustration ban (25)
Re: Insider,Swing Back IF and Frustration ban
by JRSDallas 12 years ago
The following message (subject: Re: Insider,Swing Back IF and Frustration ban) was posted by JRSDallas, on 7/13/2008 1:46:26 PM:
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Note: The larger issue is that Table Tennis is not viewed by the non-TT population as even a sport. We who play TT know it is...but...spectators are non-existent (save selected Asian countries and a bit of Europe). Somehow TT became an Olympic Sport (deservedly but against significant odds given Western levels of interest).
If you agree with Adham's original P4 Strategy, you would begin to look at the problem of how to make TT a valuable sport in the eyes of the non-TT playing public. I agree with this. Given this, I don't want to present a sport where world class players to often can't return a simple serve without putting it into the net or so high that the guy slams it. Non-TT people watching this conclude: "Hell, even I can do better than that. This is crap." [This is why hidden serve was banned.]
A similar opinion is held by the same non-TT nobodys regarding chicken wing frictionless blocking, and it makes no difference about if its hard to do or not. You've already lost them. In contrast, long pips chopping against attackers is beautiful to watch, and nobody looks at it and says "Hell, even I can do that."
Speed gluing also faces public misgivings about chemical assistance: (whether internal drug or external, the public doesn't analyze hazards rationally, they just donít like them), they also donít like even the appearance of enabling glue sniffing by juniors, and now environmental concerns are increasing regardless of how small the contribution.
Visually, the ITTF courts are now very well color coordinated in attractive blue against a red floor. The players are dressed athletically and attractively. Camera angles at this time focus on the court and they shy away from crowd shots because most of these shots show too many open seats. Empty seats sends a signal to the public -- "This stuff isn't worth watching. It won't even fill the seats."
In summary, I feel that the goals of the P4 Strategy are valuable. Some of the actions taken such as banning speed glue cause me a problem as an individual, but as a member of the TT community that wants success for the sport, I understand and support it.
Certainly there is risk to TT if you change the rules too much (I am not in favor of the big table or the 44 mm big ball.) Over the years however, I think many of the decisions have been good and as you can tell Adhamís P4 Strategy is not new. The same thinking was used when the hidden serve ban and the two color rule ban were created (and Mr. Sahara had nothing to do with these!).