To get the complete fun of any game, you need to know all the basic rules and of course know how to play it. Ping Pong game is an affordable-kind of game, and the easy play has made it one of the common household games across the world. Another benefit of this game is that, it won’t tire you out quickly while keeping the game on for some extra time.
Is it necessary to follow the Ping Pong rules? Well, you should always play a game keeping the rules in check. Ping Pong is just like any other sport and has its own set of rules and regulations – which makes the game more entertaining and effective of course. By playing all your friendly matches with keeping the rules, you could remember the rules easily for the next big match of yours. That will be an add-on benefit for you!
What are the Ping Pong Table Rules?
Are the rules different for both the beginners and other professionals? And, the answer is No. Rules remain the same, no matter the level of expertise.
But yes, if you have just started the game – then you need to know the Basic Rules first before getting into the detailed rule book. Beginners can focus on how the game begins, and other details like the scoring technique. For example, until the year 2001, the Ping Pong Table was played for upto 21 points. Currently, the player has to score about 11 points to win the set. Read on to know about the game and other rules.
How does the Game begin?
The first decision that needs to be made is – who is going to serve first. If it’s just a friendly match with your buddies, then you can go by any random method or allow anyone to start the game. But in an official Ping Pong match, a coin or disc is tossed which has two distinct sides. The player will be asked to select one side, and if the coin falls with the selected side on the top – he/she wins!
The person who won the toss gets three privileges – opt for the serving first, allowing the opponent to serve first, and finally choose the preferred end of the table for playing. If the winner chooses the preferred end for playing, then the opponent gets the chance to decide who is going to serve first. This can go vice versa too.
The Basic Service made in the Ping Pong
Even though the rules keep on changing, the basic Ping-Pong serve remains the same. The ball must be above the playing surface, and also within the server’s end-line. Coming to the service, the ball is held by the non-playing hand, and then it is thrown in an upward side. As the ball falls down, you have to hit the ball using the racket – the contact should be light yet a powerful one.
The ball must bounce at least once your side, and once on your opponent’s end. If the ball bounces for more than once on the other end, then this will lose a point on that end. Also, if the ball touches the net and it still enters your opponent’s side, then the shot needs to be replayed. Instead, if the ball touches the net and remains on your side only, then you will lose a point. These are the basic serving rules which you must know.
For Returning the Serve
Here the rules remain the same just like for the servings made. For each return serve, the ball must at least make one contact on the returner’s end and also make a bounce on the other player’s side.
While you are returning a serve made, if the ball touches the net and does not pass on to your opponent’s space – then your opponent will score a point.
If the things go the other way round, on returning the serve the ball hits the net and it passes over towards your opponent’s end then the Rally will continue. A rally is the continuous passing of the balls during a ping pong game, till anyone loses or scores a point.
The player who is returning the serve can stand at any portion of the table. But the player is not allowed to touch the table or move it manually at any point in the game. Also in rare cases, if the ball tries to bounce back on the server’s end after hitting the returning end – the returner should still play the shot and deal with the ball before it bounces back to the server’s end.
This only means that the receiver must be all set and flexible enough to handle all the shots thrown at them. I believe that the returner has got more things to look upon than the one who is serving the shot initially.
On Scoring Points
There are many scenarios where you can either score or lose a point, and I will list out some of them in the following:
- If you make a bad serve, with the ball in the air but you missed out on hitting the ball properly – then you will lose a point.
- Ball bouncing for more than once on the server’s side. In this case, the server will lose a point.
- If any service from your opponent makes a double bounce on your side, your opponent will score in this case.
- If the ball is dealt before it makes a bounce on the table, then the player will lose a point unless it is obvious that the ball won’t make a bounce on the table.
- Double hits are not allowed, so if you hit the ball in twice in succession then you will lose a point.
- You will also lose a point if you place your non-playing hand on the table or try to move the net during the game.
- Ping Pong does not allow anyone to obstruct the ball using any part of the body. It will make you lose a point simply.
Keep all these instructions in mind, and follow them strictly for the next match. Save your points and use the same tactics to score from your opponent’s side. As soon as the ball is in the server’s hand, and it is flipped to the air – the game has already begun at this point.
Duration of the Match
After many amendments to the rules and regulations made in the year 1936, Expedite rule helps with restricting the duration of the game. But, how does it do that?
Following are certain gaming rules that help in determining the winner and also prevents the game going for a longer duration one. Some of them are listed below:
- The game continuous for the first 10 minutes. If both the players have already scored 18 points within this duration, then the game will continue as it is.
- Even after the 10 minutes, 18 points have not been scored – then the game will be terminated by the umpire itself.
- Thereafter, the person at the server end will be asked to play offensively after that 10 minutes play.
- Both the players will do the serving alternately till the end of the game.
- Also, if the player at the receiver side makes a total of 13 quality returns, then he/she will be the winner of that set.
- After that, there won’t be any time limit imposed on the game.
- With the Expedite system, you can control the duration of the game easily. For example, if the rule is applied on a best of 5 games, then the Expedite rule will be applicable to all the games from number one through the five games in series. This rule is applied at the beginning itself when the score is 0-0.
But these days, matches are played in a fast-paced way in an offensive and an attacking mode. So, you will rarely require the need to use the Expedite rule, since the game won’t last for a longer duration.
This was all that I wanted to share with you guys on Ping Pong Rules. Did you find it informative and useful? You can post your questions below if you have got any. Get in touch with us for more detailed guidance on the game.