All players - please note the following:-

You are ineligible to play in any league match until you have paid your Table Tennis England individual memberships. Please also ensure your contact details are up-to-date.

Postponed league matches - this has been a 'hot topic' following last season's multiple postponements in Division One. There is general agreement that the current rules need amending but this is not likely to happen in time for this season. The overriding intention of the rules covering this topic is to limit the number of postponements to a minimum, to keep the league tables as up-to-date as possible by playing matches as scheduled and to foster an orderly competition which is fair to all.  Matches can be played in advance and this is certainly preferable to a postponement. However, should you really need to postpone, the opposing team and relevant Divisional Secretary must be informed and within two weeks you must also have agreed on a rearranged date. Teams not being proactive in this manner and not keeping the Divisional Secretary informed at all times are liable to five point penalties.

'Playing up' for another team is explicitly covered by Rule 7c. "Where more than one team exists in a club, no player may play in a team lower than that for which they are registered. In any season, a player may play up in a maximum of three matches regardless of the number of teams in the club. If this denies a player a regular game, application may be made to the committee for re-registration. However, if a player has been registered in a team lower than their personal standard or ranking would suggest is appropriate and by playing up in league matches would strengthen the other team, then playing up is not allowed." Note that there is no 'automatic re-registration' into a higher team.

Serving that does not comply with the laws of the game - every player should ensure they understand  the current requirements of a good service and, crucially, make every effort to comply. Experienced players in particular should set a good example in this. There is ample relevant information available on this website and the Table Tennis England site and individual umpires should be confident to call when serves are very obviously faulty and gaining an unfair advantage.

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