Table Tennis Game Rules
The choice of playing position at the table and the order of service are determined by the toss of a coin. If the winner of the toss prefers to have the first choice of playing positions, the opponent then has the choice of whether to serve first or receive first, and vice versa.
The change of service takes place after 2 points have been scored. A point is normally awarded when the play of a service is concluded. The receiver then becomes the server and the server becomes receiver, and so on, after every 2 points until the end of the game or the score is 10-aII. Whenever the score becomes 10-all, the receiver becomes the server and the server the receiver, and so on after each point until the end of the game
A game is won by the player who first scores 11 points with a 2-point margin.
A good service is delivered by projecting the ball from the free hand, which must start from above the playing surface. The ball must be resting in the palm of the free hand.
The ball is tossed into the air. A good return of a served ball must be struck by the receiver on the first bounce so that it passes directly over or around the net and touches directly on top of the opponent’s court.
A point is awarded to the opponent in the following circumstances:
A point is scored by the side that makes the last successful return prior to the end of a rally.
An unsuccessful return occurs whenever the ball is missed, is hit off the table, sent into the net, or hit onto the player’s own half of the court on the return.
Failure to make a good service, unless a let is declared
Failure to make a good return of a good service or a good return made by the opponent, unless a let is declared
If the player, the racquet, or anything that the player wears or carries touches the net or its supports while the ball is in play.
If the player, the racquet, or any wearing apparel moves the playing surface while the ball is in play or touches the net or its supports
If the player’s free hand touches the playing surface while the ball is in play If, after being struck by the opponent, the ball comes in contact with the player or anything the player wears or carries before it has passed over the end lines or sidelines, not yet having touched the playing surface on the player’s side of the table.
If at any time the player volleys the ball-that is before the ball hits the table top Ball in Play