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I think that no matter what sport it is, people will always use whatever they have at hand to get an advantage.
Why in between coaching is OK?
Sometimes a player might need a bit of moral support and encouragement to succeed. It certainly helps to get through that tough match. I’ve personally seen some of my pupils losing but with a bit of encouragement they go on and win matches.
When you are playing for a competitive match, it’s sometimes better to hear someone else’s point of view. When you are playing against a good opponent, it’s difficult to take everything into consideration.
A competition doesn’t assess who is the best player but who can win trophies. One example I can think of is when Porto won the champions league. They didn’t have the best players but they won the trophy thanks to a good coaches tactics. I know the example isn’t related to table tennis but you can understand the analogy, right?
Even if you play for an individual event, you still prepare for the competition with a coach before and after. So technically it’s still a team effort. What difference does it make if the coach says few words here and there in between matches?
I agree to the point where if a coach intervenes in between matches, you don’t really know how good a player is at handling a match situation by himself/herself. I think that it would be appropriate to have such ruling if there wasn’t too much at stake eg: a major tournament.
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