Playing Fair and a Rules Proposal
I read the following recently on a table tennis forum: "It's the coach's job to teach a player how to win. It's the parent's job to teach ethics to their kids. If a player resorts to cheating to win, then the parents have failed."
I was tempted to jump in and respond - harshly - but thought better of it. This is probably a somewhat common attitude, though I don't think most agree with it. The simple reality is that much of what is considered "good sportsmanship" comes from the coach. I'm pretty sure I can convince most parents that their kid should always play fair, including serving legally. I'm also pretty sure I can convince most parents that their kid should learn to serve illegally, since so many of his opponents will be doing so, and so he needs to do so to compete. These are contradictory positions. While parents can put their foot down, they are rarely as experienced in these matters as a coach, and so they rely on the coach for guidance in such matters.
I could teach the up-and-coming juniors at my club how to illegally hide...