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USATT did this inane thing a few years back where they let anybody get their own name printed on the back of the national team jersey. Thought it kind of devalued the shirt for the people who earned their way into having their name on the national team jersey. Put your own name on a club shirt or generic TT shirt IMO. Besides for that, who really cares? Go spend time out of your life buying non-labeled clothing if it really means that much to you?


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Originally posted by geardaddy geardaddy wrote:

The old phrase "it's a free country" applies here.  It doesn't matter to me what other people choose to wear.  Seems like it's pretty common for amateur players to wear TT clothing and have accessories with all sorts of branding.

There are definitely some differences in what is "acceptable" in other sporting circles though.  For instance one of my other sporting hobbies is cycling, and here in the U.S. I think it is generally considered to be somewhat unacceptable to show up at group rides wearing a professional team kit or something like the World Champion jersey (so-called "rainbow" jersey) or the Tour De France Maillot Jaune (yellow leader's jersey).  Other riders will think it's a bit pretentious - like you're saying that you're as good as a pro cyclist, etc.  However, I've heard that in Europe it is quite different, and it is common to see amateur riders wearing professional team gear.

It is also true in sanctioned cycling races that it is against rules to wear jerseys/shorts that display sponsor logos if you are not actually registered with a team that has such a sponsor.  I'm guessing that there are somewhat similar rules in competitive TT tournaments.  But, I'm also guessing that the rule is not strictly enforced unless a player is appearing in a "high profile" event, i.e. one that has a big audience or will be broadcast to a larger public audience.  Thus the reason why you sometimes see someone covering logos from being displayed.

I was about to make this same point about road cycling.  In the US it is a faux pas to wear pro team kit.  In fact, this is documented in a partially tongue and cheek book called The Rules (by a couple of old guys who call themselves the Velominati).  This book lays out all the Rules to be a socially acceptable road cyclist, including things like how high your socks should be (rule 27), and cycling caps should only be worn while cycling (rule 22), and the bikes on top of your car should be worth more than your car (rule 25) and a bike race shall never be preceded by a swim or followed by a run (rule 42).  Rule #17 states that team jerseys are for members of the team ONLY.  

Of course many of these rules are idiotic (rule 90, never get out of the big ring). And some are just common sense.  And one is not really a rule, just a statement of reality (rule 19, It never gets easier, you just go faster, a famous quote from Greg Lemond).

I have often wondered if we should write a comparable set of "rules" for TT.  These should include but not be limited to:

Wipe your damned sweat off the table.

No choing unless your are getting paid to win.

Rubbers should be trimmed cleanly around the edge of your rackets.

You must apologize for nets and edges.

You must show up on time.

Harden the f66k up (that one is straight from the cycling rules).

Don't put your name on the back of your shirt unless you are a professional player.

But I would not include the one about wearing company jerseys.  Some of them look cool.  Perhaps an amendment, no company jerseys for players over 50.  


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Originally posted by Baal Baal wrote:

I have often wondered if we should write a comparable set of "rules" for TT.  These should include but not be limited to:

Wipe your damned sweat off the table.

No choing unless your are getting paid to win.

Rubbers should be trimmed cleanly around the edge of your rackets.

You must apologize for nets and edges.

You must show up on time.

Harden the f66k up (that one is straight from the cycling rules).

Don't put your name on the back of your shirt unless you are a professional player.

But I would not included the one about wearing company jerseys.  

Haha. Love this. 
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Originally posted by patrickhrdlicka patrickhrdlicka wrote:

Originally posted by Baal Baal wrote:

I have often wondered if we should write a comparable set of "rules" for TT.  These should include but not be limited to:

Wipe your damned sweat off the table.

No choing unless your are getting paid to win.

Rubbers should be trimmed cleanly around the edge of your rackets.

You must apologize for nets and edges.

You must show up on time.

Harden the f66k up (that one is straight from the cycling rules).

Don't put your name on the back of your shirt unless you are a professional player.

But I would not included the one about wearing company jerseys.  

Haha. Love this. 

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I swear a lot, some non professional shirts soak up the sweat and it makes me cold. I have to change t shirt very often throughout the day. The professional TT shirts doesn't soak my sweat and they are cheap at the range of 15~30 (if you know where to buy them). If i were to buy a sports equiv in nike/addias the price is a little bit more expensive. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fulanodetal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/21/2019 at 1:53am
Let's remember that there is something called freedom. Again, if Nike makes a shirt that I happen to like, I am perfectly within my right to buy whatever I like. You cannot stop me from doing so. I don't need your approval. So you can shove it!! You cannot convince me to buy something else either. And it is quite naive of you to try to manipulate and control other people's purchasing behaviors. Really stupid.

No one is telling you what to buy so do return that courtesy.

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Some people get pi**d off at the fact the the grass is green, some do not like how the sun hits their eyes during the sunset, and many others hate the crying babies in the next apartment etc.

There are millions of reasons to be depressed, unhappy or mad at the world in general or at your neighbors. Do you want to live your life like that?

If you don't like a T-shirt, don't wear it.

No need to make a worldwide discussion out of it - as if we don't have quite a few slightly more important things to discuss here... like what's up with Dignics 80 and why did Butterfly decide that $80 for a rubber is acceptable, especially after half of the amateur players in the world stopped buying Tenergy after their infamous price hike?
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Internet Sockpuppets are not allowed here.  Even when they occasionally make sense.

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Originally posted by XiaShu XiaShu wrote:

Ok if you are a sports fan like you follow your favorite football team or rugby team or cricket team etc , I can see you wearing a T shirt with your team logo.

But I do not understand why people (unsponsored,that is)  wear T shirts etc that says  Nike or Butterfly or Tibhar or Stiga etc. I have already paid them enough money to buy their overpriced crap and now they want me to wear their names on me and promote them for FREE ?  
That feels creepy all over my body LOL.

If Butterfly would pay my beginner rated behind at least a few thousand pounds in addition to couple of  70 pounds a sheet Tenergys & few  500 pound ALC blades , I would be happy to wear their logo even on my underwear.

 Does this make sense ?

No. It doesn´t make sense at all.
You are talking about getting paid to use it... 
First, who are you to get any money from manufacturers? This is called sponsorship, manufacturers pay for those who are relevant to the sport. Otherwise, I would be outraged to see Roger Federer rufused to renew his contract with Nike, and Nike didn´t offer it to me.
But I´m not, of course. Because I am nobody in tennis world. And even if I was a professional, but ordinary player, it would be normal if I didn´t get any sponsorship.
Now, tell me what did you already accomplished in table tennis? Are you worldwide famous? Conquered some major titles?
If the answers are no, sorry... but you´re wanting something that simply does not exist.
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