Ninh explains the Rules of Table Tennis
Table Tennis, otherwise known as ‘Ping Pong’, is a game played as singles (where one person
plays against one person) or doubles (where two people play against two people).
The object of the game is for your team to win 3 sets faster than the opposing team.
To win a set, you must score 11 points and be at least two points ahead.
If the scores are 10-10 for example, the game carries on until one player or pair has a
two point lead. Okay then, so how do you score these points?
To score a point, you must aim to hit a small ball with your bat (otherwise known as a paddle)
over the net and onto your opponent’s side of the table without the opponent returning
the favour. The table is 274cm long x 152.5cm wide, and
the net is 15.25cm above the table surface. There is a centreline that divides the table,
but this is used in doubles only. To start the game, a player must serve with
the ball in his open palm behind the table. The ball must travel at least 6 inches in
the air and bounce once on each side of the table for a serve to be legal.
If the ball is hit onto the edge of the table – this counts.
The opponent will then try and return the ball and make you miss hitting the ball back.
This can go back and forth and is known as a ‘rally’.
Hitting the ball over a net onto the table so that your opponent can’t return it, sounds
simple enough, but in table tennis – it’s very easy to lose points. There’s a lot of things you can’t do in
table tennis You cannot hit the ball directly onto the
ground outside the area of play. You cannot hit the ball twice in succession.
You cannot allow the ball to bounce more than once.
You cannot hit the ball before it has bounced on your side of the table.
You cannot hit the ball into the net and for it to land on your half of the table.
You cannot touch the ball with any part of your body except with the bat.
You cannot put your non playing hand on the table.
In doubles, you cannot hit the ball out of turn.
and as earlier mentioned; you must serve the ball legally.
If you commit any of these errors, this results in your opponents being awarded a point.
Once a player or a pair has won 11 points and is at least 2 points ahead, they win a
set. First player or pair to win 3 sets faster
than their opponent … wins. Now that’s basically table tennis in a nutshell,
but there’s a few things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example … Service
In singles only, the ball can be served anywhere on the table.
In doubles however, the ball must touch the opposite corners of the table and partners
must alternate serves. Each player (or pair) is given two serves
before your opponent is awarded next two serves. This goes back and forth until either a set
is won, or you reach Deuce. Deuce
This where a score is tied (typically 10-10) and each team now requires a two point lead
to win. The only difference now is that you only get one serve each as opposed to two.
The first player or pair to get a two point lead, wins the set. Out of turn (doubles) In doubles only, you and your partner must
hit the ball alternately. If a player hits the ball twice in succession
during a rally – they have played out of turn and the opponent is awarded the point. As you can tell, Table Tennis is an extremely
fast sport and you’ll need good reflexes to play it properly, but over time, the rules
will become easy and it’s a fun sport to play.
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