Technical Regulations - Table Tennis

1. EVENTS
This competition will be conducted during the World Deaf Table Tennis Championships from 20 Jun 2020 to 27 Jun 2020 and will consist of the following 7 events (3 for men, 3 for women and 1 for mixed):

EventMenWomenMixed
Table Tennis singles
Table Tennis doubles
Table Tennis mixed doubles
Table Tennis team

2. PARTICIPANTS

2.1 Invitation to Participate
ICSD and the Organising Committee will invite all National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) members in good standing to participate in the competition.

2.2 Eligibility

2.2.1 Hearing Loss
Participation in the competition is restricted to athletes who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Refer to the ICSD Audiogram Regulations for additional details on measurement of hearing loss.

2.2.2 Age
Athletes must meet the minimum age requirement for each event listed below:

EventMinimum AgeMaximum Age
Table Tennis singles--No restriction
Table Tennis doubles--No restriction
Table Tennis mixed doubles--No restriction
Table Tennis team--No restriction

2.2.3 Compliance
Only athletes who comply with the Deaf World Championships Regulations are allowed to participate in the competition.

2.4 Number of Teams
Not Applicable

2.5 Qualified Teams
Not Applicable

2.6 Number of Athletes per Discipline
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each discipline listed below:

MenWomen
88

2.7 Number of Athletes per Event
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventMenWomenMixed
Table Tennis singles44-
Table Tennis doubles44-
Table Tennis mixed doubles--8
Table Tennis team44-

2.8 Number of Reserves or Substitutes per Event
A maximum number of reserve/substitute athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

EventReserves/Substitutes
Table Tennis singles2
Table Tennis doubles1
Table Tennis mixed doubles2
Table Tennis teamNo reserves/substitutes

2.9 Competition Entry Standards
Not Applicable

2.10 Competition Entry Rules
Only an authorised representative of each NDSF is allowed to submit competition entries.

2.11 Non-Starting Athletes
A fine of USD$100.00 will be levied on each non-starting athlete unless he/she submits a doctor's declaration in writing English that he/she should not be allowed to start.

3. REGISTRATION
Please refer to the 13. Preliminary and Final Registrations in the Deaf World Championships - Regulations, for further details on registration.

 

4. COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS

4.1 Technical Organisation
ICSD is be responsible for the technical organisation of the competition in conjunction with the (ITTF).

4.2 Committees

4.2.1 Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Horst-Peter Scheffel - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
Colbrie FISCHER - ITTF Chief Umpire
TBC - ITTF Representative
Christoph THEIS - Sport Liaison Officer
Günter DUSCHET - Deaf Representative

4.2.2 Protest Committee
The Protest Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Horst-Peter Scheffel - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)
TBC - ITTF Representative
TBC - ITTF Representative

4.3 Competition Rules
The competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the ITTF (version: 31 May 2019). In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations, the English text shall prevail. Unforeseen incidents not covered by the Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with as follow:

4.3.1 Cases of a general nature will be resolved in accordance with the Deaflympics Regulations, General Technical Rules - and this Technical Regulations.

4.3.2 Cases of a technical nature related to competition rules will be resolved in accordance with the ITTF Rules and Regulations.

4.4 Competition Equipment

All equipment used during competition must comply with the ITTF Rules and Regulations.

4.5 Competition Clothing

4.5.1 Participants must wear competitive uniforms representing their nationality, duly registered and published in accordance with the ITTF Rules and Regulations.

4.5.2 Participants must observe the Deaf World Championships Regulations regarding advertisements on their uniforms and clothing worn in the competition area.

4.6 Draw
The draw for all events will be conducted under control of the Technical Committee and in accordance with the ITTF Rules and Regulations.

4.7 Competition Plan
The competition plan will be conducted in accordance with the ITTF Rules and Regulations.

4.8 Officials

4.8.1 Judge/Referee/Umpire
Allocation of the officials to conduct the events will be made by the Technical Committee. Wherever possible, officials will possess the ITTF international license valid for . However, officials with the highest level of national accreditation may be assigned.

4.8.2 Appointment
The Organising Committee will appoint ITTF Chief Umpire and an appropriate number of officials to conduct each event.

4.9 Unforeseen Incidents
In the event of unforeseen incidents not covered by the rules and regulations, the Technical Committee will make a determination. In the absence of the Technical Committee, the ICSD Technical Director will make a determination.

5. VENUES

5.1 Competition Venue
To be announced

5.2 Training Venue
To be announced

6. SCHEDULES

6.1 Competition Schedule
To be announced

6.2 Training Schedule
To be announced

6.3 Technical Meeting

6.3.1 Date and Location
To be announced

6.3.2 Attendance
Each participating NDSF may be represented by a maximum of two officials, of whom at least one must be deaf. The NDSF may also bring an interpreter if necessary.

7. CONTROL AND SANCTIONS

7.1 Hearing Devices
The use of any hearing aid(s)/amplification or cochlear implant is not allowed in the restricted zone area.

7.1.1 Restricted Zone Area
The restricted zone area is in effect at the moment the athlete enters the competition area during the warm-up and competition periods.

7.1.2 Violation and Penalty
When this rule is violated, refer to ICSD Audiogram Regulations 8: Violations and Penalties.

8. PROTESTS

8.1 Procedures for lodging a protest
All sport related protests will be resolved in accordance with the ITTF Rules and Regulations and will be adjudicated by the Protest Committee.

8.1.1 Any protest must be written in English on the Official Protest Form. The form and a deposit USD$100.00 must be given to the ICSD Technical Director within 30 minutes after the official public posting of results.

8.1.2 The ICSD Technical Director will decide whether the protest is sport-related or eligibility-related. The Protest Committee will review all sport-related protests, and the ICSD Representative will review all eligibility-related protests.

8.1.3 The deposit of USD$100.00 will be returned to the applicant only if the protest is considered valid.

8.2 Procedure for reviewing a protest
The Protest Committee will meet in the competition venue or a designated office at a time decided upon by the ICSD Technical Director.

8.2.1 The ICSD Technical Director will chair of the Protest Committee.

8.2.2 The Sport Liaison Officer (SLO) will be responsible for booking a meeting room and interpreters.

8.2.3 The SLO will contact and inform all members of the Protest Committee of the meeting time and location.

8.2.4 The ICSD Technical Director will be responsible for liaising with the State Sports Association's Competition Manager.

8.2.5 After adjudication, the ICSD Technical Director will forward the original Official Protest Form (along with the protest fee if the protest was denied) to the ICSD Secretariat. The SLO will forward a copy of the form to the Deaf World Championships Headquarters.

9. ADDENDUM

9.1. COMPETITION INFORMATION

9.1.1 Balls
The Balls will be Donic 40+ plastic, white and 3 star.

9.1.2 Tables
Donic tables

9.1.3 Nets
Donic nets

9.2 Competition rules

9.2.1 Team disciplines

9.2.1.1 Preliminary Round
The registered teams are divided into groups (one, two, three, four or eight groups) divided each from 3 to 5 teams. During the preliminary round, each team plays against all other teams in a group.

9.2.1.2 Final Round
According to the classification in the preliminary round the teams will play the final round in following form:

9.2.2 One group
If there are less than 7 teams the system everybody vs. everybody will be played in one group.

9.2.3 Two groups

9.2.3.1 Semifinals:
The semifinals will be played A1 vs B2 and B1 vs A2.
The winning teams of the semifinals play in the final match for the first and second place, while the two losing teams will get the third place both.

9.2.3.2 Classification:
The third placed teams from each group (A3 vs B3) will play for the fifth and for the sixth place.
The fourth placed teams from each group (A4 vs B4) will play for seventh place and for the eighth place.
The fifth placed teams from each group (A5 vs B5) will play for the ninth place and for the tenth place.

9.2.4 Three groups

9.2.4.1 Semifinals:
A. A1 vs C1
B. B1 vs Best of A2/B2/C

9.2.4.2 Finals:
The winning teams of the semifinals play for the first and second place, while the two losing teams will get the third place both.

9.2.4.3 Classification:
The second and third placed teams of each group will play in a knock-out system for the fifth and the following places, whereas the winner will be ranked to the ninth place and the losers to the following places. The classification of the teams follows the ITTF rules for group competitions (Rule 3.7.5.).

9.2.5 Four groups

9.2.5.1 Quarterfinals:
The first and second placed teams from each group will play in the in following order:

A. A1 vs C2
B. B1 vs D2
C. C1 vs A2
D. D1 vs B2

The winning teams of the quarterfinals will play in the semifinals for the first four places, while the losing teams will play for the fifth to eighth place.

9.2.5.2 Semifinals:
Winner of quarterfinal "A" vs. Winner of quarterfinal "D"
Winner of quarterfinal "B" vs. Winner of quarterfinal "C"

9.2.5.3 5th – 8th place:
1. Loser of quarterfinal "A" vs. Loser of quarterfinal "D"
2. Loser of quarterfinal "B" vs. Loser of quarterfinal "4C

9.2.5.4 5th – 6th place:
Winner “1” vs Winner “2”

9.2.5.5 7th – 8th place:
Loser “1” vs Loser “2”

9.2.5.6 Finals:
The winning teams of the semifinals play for the first and second place, while the two losing teams will get the third place both.

9.2.5.7 Classification:
The third, fourth and fifth placed teams of each group will play in a knock-out system for the ninth and the following places, whereas the winner will be ranked to the ninth place and the losers to the following places. The classification of the teams follows the ITTF rules for group competitions (Rule 3.7.5.).

A3 vs C3
B3 vs D3
A4 vs C4
B4 vs D4
A5 vs C5
B5 vs D5

9.2.6 Eight groups

9.2.6.1 Second round:
The winners of the eight groups play against the second-placed teams of each group in following order:

A. A1 vs E2
B. B1 vs F2
C. C1 vs G2
D. D1 vs H2
E. E1 vs A2
F. F1 vs B2
G. G1 vs C2
H. H1 vs D2

The winners of the second round will be qualified for the Quarterfinals. The losing teams play for the fifth to eighth place.

9.2.6.2 Quarterfinals / Fifth - eighth place:
The winners of the quarterfinals will play in the semifinals and the losing teams play for the fifth to eighth place.

1. A vs B
2. C vs D
3. E vs F
4. G vs H

9.2.6.3 Semifinals:
Winner of quarterfinal "1" vs. Winner of quarterfinal "2"
Winner of quarterfinal "3" vs. Winner of quarterfinal "4"

9.2.6.4 5th – 8th place:
Loser of quarterfinal "1" vs. Loser of quarterfinal "2"
2. Loser of quarterfinal "3" vs. Loser of quarterfinal "4"

9.2.6.5 5th – 6th place:
Winner “1” vs Winner “2”

9.2.6.6 7th – 8th place:
Loser “1” vs Loser “2”

9.2.6.7 Finals:
The winning teams of the semifinals play for the first and second place, while the two losing teams will get the third place both.

9.2.6.8 Classification:
The third, fourth and fifth placed teams of each group will play in a knock-out system for the ninth and the following places, whereas the winner will be ranked to the ninth place and the losers to the following places. The classification of the teams follows the ITTF rules for group competitions (Rule 3.7.5.).

A3 vs C3
B3 vs D3
A4 vs C4
B4 vs D4
A5 vs C5
B5 vs D5

9.2.7 System

9.2.7.1 The team competitions will be conducted according to the format which is valid for the world deaf championships, in which every team consists of 3 players. The order of the matches will be as it follows:

A vs X
B vs Y
C vs Z
A vs Y
B vs X

The draw for A, B, C or X, Y, Z will be conducted before start of a team match and the Team captains must specify the names of their team members to the referees, where each player will get a letter.

9.2.7.2 A team match ends when a team has won most of the possible singles matches.

9.2.7.3 All matches will be played with 3 winning sets. All matters which are not included above will be according to the ITTF rules relating to the Team competitions for world deaf championships.

9.2.8 Singles, Doubles and Mixed

9.2.8.1 Singles
There may not be more than 128 submissions in the first round. The qualification round will be played in groups of 5 to 6 players each. All matches of the groups will be played with three winning sets.

The first and second placed player in each group is qualified for to the next knockout round. All matches of the knockout round will be played with four winning sets (Best of seven).

Both singles players who have lost their semifinals get the third place.

9.2.8.2 Doubles
There must be no more than 64 submissions in the first round. Doubles partners from the same country must be drawn separately. All doubles will be played in a knockout with four winning sets (Best of seven).

Both Doubles partners who have lost their semifinals get the third place.

9.2.8.3 Mixed Doubles
There must not be more than 128 submissions in the first round. Mixed Double partners from the same country must be drawn separately. All Mixed Doubles will be played in a knockout mode with four 4 winning sets (Best of seven).

Both Mixed Double partners who have lost their semifinals get the third place.

9.3. Draw

9.3.1 The Draw for all events will be held according to the ITTF rules and the Table Tennis regulations. The technical committee will set an adequate number of players and pairs for each discipline at the technical meeting. In the event of disagreement, the Technical Director of ICSD decides solely about the schedule. The participants of all countries will be drawn as follows:

9.3.2 The first and second set of lots by the opposite sides of the draw

9.3.3 The third and fourth set of lots in the quarter, in which the first and second were not drawn.

9.3.4 The first two winners of the groups in all events play in a knockout mode, in with players from the same group and the same country will be drawn separately.

9.3.5 Table Tennis World Rankings
The seeding of the teams and all events are defined according to the ICSD Table Tennis World Rankings and announced by the Technical Director 7 days before the start of the competitions in the official website of the World Deaf Table Tennis Championships 2020 and confirmed by the technical committee.

Notice: this regulations are subject to change.