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      Rule Approved! New colour rubbers as of 2020!

      News just in at the 2019 ITTF Annual General Meeting in Budapest, the rule for different coloured rubbers has been approved. After the Olympic Games in Tokyo players will be able to use different colour rubbers on their bat, and not use the standard black and red. As quoted by the ITTF: "This will bring about a very significant change in the visual outlook of our sport. Can you imagine playing with bright green or even pink rubber?”

      Black rubbers will remain compulsory on one side but on the other side of the bat other colours will be allowed.



      According to the AGM, there will need to be further discussions to find out exactly what rubber colours can be used.

      So guys, what do you think of this new game changer?

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      It will be a financial nightmare for consumers....
      The more colours allowed, the more models/production/inventory all equates to higher overheads from manufacturers and stores
      At the end of the day, the fans will need to carry this
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      Imagine that you are colorblind and your opponent plays with a "junk" rubber. Now it makes sense for him to choose rubber colors in a way to prevent you from reading which sides the opponent is using. Nah.

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      Mmmm. Not convinced. I meet quite a lot of twiddlers these days and can assure you it’s not looking at the oppo’s rubber when hitting that you go by.

      The sound, often, but in the end you read the flight of the ball.

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      Have they said exactly which colors will be allowed? Color blindness won't be a problem as long as the colors are not to dark and similar to black ones. Hopefully they will only allow very bright colors?

      The rule seems odd, if they think the popularity of the sport will raise because of this then I guess the deciders of the sport really are as stupid as people think...

      Maybe this is something that the chinese has gotten through because they want to be able to have blue sponge on both sides?

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      Do anyone know why they are doing this?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Murre5 View Post
      Have they said exactly which colors will be allowed? Color blindness won't be a problem as long as the colors are not to dark and similar to black ones. Hopefully they will only allow very bright colors?

      The rule seems odd, if they think the popularity of the sport will raise because of this then I guess the deciders of the sport really are as stupid as people think...

      Maybe this is something that the chinese has gotten through because they want to be able to have blue sponge on both sides?
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      Do anyone know why they are doing this?
      Yes, they have. Just back to the way it was before 1985? except that one side must remain black.

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      Well some colors need to be regulated against. I don't want to play against white sheets etc. The devil is always in the details.
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      Proposition6 (3/4majority required)

      Proposed by HKG, ITTF member association, and the ITTF Equipment Committee.

      To amend Law 2.4.6 so to permit more bright colours than red for racket coverings.

      2.4.6 The surface of the covering material on a side of the blade, or of a side of the blade if it is left uncovered, shall be matt, <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">bright red on one side and black on the other</span> black on one side, and of a bright colour clearly distinguishable from black and from the colours of the ball as defined in Law 2.3.3, on the other.

      The implementation date shall be after the next Olympic Games. If the AGM accepts the proposition, the Equipment Committee will coordinate efforts in order to develop a list of authorised colours, with their specific technical limits. The specifications will then be submitted to the BoD in 2020, for implementation in 2021 (Regulations for International Competitions and Technical Leaflet).

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      As long as the colours of the two sides of a racket are clearly different and clearly distinguishable by the players, they should not be limited to black and red. However, the ball should remain visible on a racket covering. It is proposed to retain black as one of the colours as it helps players with deficiency in colour vision.

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      “There is an eye-catching proposition being put forward by the Equipment Committee.

      The idea is that players will be able to use different-coloured rubbers and not merely black and red as the current rules stipulate.

      If approved, this will bring about a very significant change in the visual outlook of our sport.

      Can you imagine playing with bright green, orange or even pink rubber?"

      https://www.insidethegames.biz/artic...gs-in-budapest

      Yeah right.... All that was missing from the sport, was multi-coloured rubbers.... When the Equipment Committee convenes, they must be smoking pot or something....

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      Sounds good to me!

      I can already hear adam bobrow frothing at the mouth deciding on his multi color setup lol

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      Sounds like it could make the sport look silly. I prefer Red and Black.
      Also, inventory issues at dealers will appear: "Yes, we have pink, lime green, and fluorescent yellow, but we are out of stock in red."

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      I'll take one blinding neon yellow and one blinding neon orange, please.

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      Has anyone actually consulted the people who will make the rubbers? How much more cost there will be involved? Will the same rubbers come in different colours or will each individual type have it's own colour? And just why...?

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      Quote Originally Posted by lgreggs View Post
      Has anyone actually consulted the people who will make the rubbers? How much more cost there will be involved? Will the same rubbers come in different colours or will each individual type have it's own colour? And just why...?
      Yes, Tony Yue Kwok-leung, president of HKTTA and the person behind the proposal, said during the AGM that he had consulted with the manufacturers and the responses were very positive.

      OTOH, Koji Kimura, JTTA president and former World Champion, thinks otherwise.
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      Assumptions, assumptions. Rubber isn’t red, or black, as it’s sapped from the rubber tree...

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      I actually watched the AGM today and the lack of debate was astonishing. Yes delegates had the opportunity to vote but it wasn't entirely clear the motivations behind each of the proposals. One delegate repeatedly asked if they had spoken to the players and other delegate said that the administrators had the power and right to do as they see fit for the benefit of the sport. The whole AGM seemed very very unprofessional to me.

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      Basically I don't care about that as long as my rubbers won't get more expensive.

      I am curious though WHY they came up with this change? No one needs that? Only reason I could imagine is that the producers wanted that change to make more profit. Tenergy 05 in fancy color for $100 or something.

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      This is garbage!
      I agree with Tony. It is another scam to get money from the players.
      I hope the manufacturers show some sanity and just make red and black.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Yes, Tony Yue Kwok-leung, president of HKTTA and the person behind the proposal, said during the AGM that he had consulted with the manufacturers and the responses were very positive.

      OTOH, Koji Kimura, JTTA president and former World Champion, thinks otherwise.
      Surprised that someone in a responsible position from HK would come up with such nonsense.

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      I suspect the manufacturers see this as a commercial opportunity so will be in favour of it. Sadly we also need to think about officials relationships with the manufacturers and whats in it for them?

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      Quote Originally Posted by killiegradge View Post
      I suspect the manufacturers see this as a commercial opportunity so will be in favour of it. Sadly we also need to think about officials relationships with the manufacturers and whats in it for them?
      If it is for profits, of course they would fine a way to make it work.

      Article No, is the item code per model/colour/size
      So ie, you have Rubber A, and it comes in 2 colours (black and red) and comes in sizes Max, 1.9mm and 1.7mm, then there will be 6 Article No
      Imagine if there is 10 colours now, with 3 sizes options, there will be 30 Article No

      Then to make it more confusing, brands has 10+ options of rubbers. So there will be hundreds near thousands of article no per brand.

      This will become an inventory nightmare, aging stock, incorrect forecasting, overstocking/understocking
      Running costs will increase due to the complex of the whole of the above, thus pricing will increase (this applies for both manufacturer and store).

      Another issue - a Min order quantity to produce say 1 article no, is say x thousand pieces per time.
      before they will create 6 article no with x thousand each.
      Now they might need to create 30 article no, but they can't multiple with x thousand like before (the total market number did not increase, they are now diluting it).
      They will need to make less (at higher costs then) or make more quantity and sit with cost of aging inventory. Either way for the manufacturer to work - it is all about money and profits.

      Maybe a way to increase growth in the board room is simply just increasing pricing.
      Do you think Butterfly had double its sales, or simply just doubled its selling price?

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