Oceania Table Tennis Federation umpires coordinator Frances Mary Keyhoe, center, poses with Marianas Amateur Table Tennis members led by president Steve Lim, second from left, at the MATTA training room at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Contributed photo)
...OTTF umpires coordinator Frances Keyhoe conducted an umpires training and certification on Saipan from Sept. 13 to 15, which was held at the Transamerica building along Middle Road in Gualo Rai.
discussed standard size and shape for ping-pong balls, table tennis paddle specifications, table size, and proper net assembly.She
also emphasized on proper service rules and said that the ball should be presented to the opponent before serving. She
said the service motion should start with the ball resting on an open palm and it should be tossed six inches up in the air before being struck.Keyhoe
also had an opportunity to visit MATTA's
regular training venue, the multi-purpose room at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.She
told MATTA officials that the room was not an ideal place for tournaments because of its low ceiling and bad lighting.She
also discussed that while OTTF
has a seven-year residency rule for non-citizens of competing island nations, the Pacific Games Council
has a different eligibility requirement that essentially outlaws non-citizens from taking part in the quadrennial event.Keyhoe
, according to Gurung, is working to have the Council amend the rules to allow long-staying non-citizens to once again take part in the Pacific Games.A native of Melbourne, Australia, Keyhoe has been an active member of her country's national table tennis association as well as part of OTTF for the past 20 years.She is also a certified international referee and recently conducted umpiring courses in Guam.