Table tennis is a great sport. It can be relaxing, good exercise and great fun for the whole family, and even played professionally. Table tennis gets coverage at big global sporting events and has given spectators all over the world a taste of just how quick and fierce this sport can be. Players have to be very fit and skilful to play at the top level.

 

So, what are the rules of table tennis?

 

A table tennis match usually consists of an uneven number of games. This number is usually five but sometimes matches can be decided over seven or nine games.

 

A game is won by the first player or side scoring 11 points and leading by two. If the points difference is less than two the game will continue until one player leads by two points. A game used to be decided over 21 points in earlier days but it has been changed in 2001 to create the opportunity for more “crucial” points, thus making the sport more exciting for television viewers.

 

The ball is put into play by the server. He or she does this by placing the ball on the palm of the hand, tossing at least 6 inches into the air and hitting it in such a way that it first bounces on his side of the table before clearing the net to land on the side of the opponent. Each server serves two consecutive points

 

Some scoring rules are:

 

Serving:

* If the ball touches the net from a serve before landing on the receiver’s end, the service does not count. It is called a let and has to be replayed.

* If it clears or touches the net but does not bounce on the table after doing so, the receiver scores the point.

* If a serve is returned by the receiver and does not touch the table on the end of the server ir is called a fault and the point is awarded to the server.

* If a serve is returned by the receiver and does not touch the table on the end of the server it is called a fault and the point is awarded to the server.

* If a serve hits the net and falls back on the side of the server, it is a fault and the server loses the point.

 

Play:

* A player will lose a point if:

* allows the ball to bounce twice on own side.

* does not hit the ball after it has bounced on own side.

* hits the ball while it is in the air before bouncing

* shoots the ball ending up in the net.

* when playing doubles, a player must not hit the ball out of turn.

 

Measurements:

In table tennis the playing surface must be rectangular, have a length of 2. 74 m and a width of 1,525 m. The table, or playing surface, should 76 cm from the floor. The net must be set so that the top is15.25cm above the playing surface.