The 5 Basic Rules Of Playing Table Tennis

If you are an aspiring table tennis player, it is always important to know all of the rules of the game – and understand them. Generally speaking, most people find the rules easy to comprehend as they are similar to other closely related racket sports.

Below, we are going in detail and showing the basic rules of playing table tennis that everyone can understand.

1.No Hands On The Table

Believe it or not, leaning your hands on the table is not allowed in the sport. So, you should never touch the table with your hands. If you do so, you will lose a point. If you have ever played table tennis, you probably know that this is a common practice – especially when the ball is high in the air and bouncing and you want to smash it in the opponent’s part of the table.

2.When Serving, The Ball Must Be Thrown 15mm

Another rule which you may not knew about the game is that the ball must be thrown at least 15 millimeters in height while serving. Obviously, this kind of toss is a good habit – and what it means is that you must throw it at least 15mm into the air from the flat palm of your hand before it is being hit. You are also not allowed to throw the ball in any way which adds spin to it.

3.If The Ball Hits The Net On Service, You Should Serve Again

Sometimes, when you serve the ball in table tennis, it hits the net – and either falls in your part or the opponent’s part of the table. If this happens, you should know that the official rule is to re-serve and replay the serve. There is no actual limit to how many “nets” a player can have on first serve, but the general rule sticks to three in total (before a point is lost).

4. The Ball Must Be Held In A Flat Palm Above The Table

When preparing to serve, you need to hold the ball flat in the palm of your hand and above the table – all in order to ensure that the opponent and the umpire can clearly see it as well as the direction in which it is thrown (held).

5. Rubber Colors

Last but not the least is the rule of rubber and its colors. If you ever held a table tennis paddle, you probably know that one of the sides has a black rubber and the other has a red one. This is only to ensure that the opposing player knows what to expect when they serve – with either the black or red rubber – as well as to prevent any confusion.

We hope that these tips helped you better understand the game of table tennis – and play by the rules!