Table Tennis Rules
Players and Substitutes
- A singles team consists of one (1) player and a doubles team consists of two (2) players. An exact number of two (2) players are required to start a doubles match.
- There are no substitutions of players allowed during any match.
- Open teams have no gender restrictions.
- Paddles and balls will be made available to players for checkout at the time of their match.
- Players may provide their own paddles for competitive play.
- A match shall consist of the best two-of-three games.
- In the first two games, a game shall be won by the player first scoring 21 points unless the score is 20-20, in which case, the game shall be won by the first player subsequently gaining a lead of 2 points with a cap of 25.
- The third game shall be won by the player first scoring 11 points unless the score is 10-10, in which case, the game shall be won by the first player subsequently gaining a lead of 2 points with a cap of 15.
- Service in the first game shall be decided by rock-paper-scissors. The team that does not serve first in game one, will serve first in game two
- Service will alternate every five points. If the score is tied at 20-20, service will alternate each point.
- The server should state the score each service, saying their teams score first.
Ball in Play
- The ball is in play from the moment at which it is projected from the hand in service until:
- It has touched one court twice consecutively
- It has, except in service, touched each court alternately without having been struck by the racket intermediately
- It has been struck by any player more than once consecutively
- It has touched any player or anything that is worn or carried except the racket or racket hand below the wrist.
- On the volley, it comes in contact with the racket or racket hand, below the wrist.
- It touches any object other than the net or supports.
- A let is declared if the receiver is not ready to return the service and makes no attempt to strike at the ball.
- The rally is a let if the ball becomes split or otherwise fractured in play.
- A point will be score on each play, unless a let is declared
- A point will be scored when:
- The opponent fails to make a correct service
- The opponent fails to make a correct return
- After a player has made a service or a return, the ball touches anything other than the net assembly before being struck by the opponent
- The ball passes over his/her court or beyond his/her end line without touching his/her court, after being struck by the opponent
- The opponent obstructs the ball
- The opponent intentionally strikes the ball twice successively
- The opponent, or anything the opponent wears or carries, moves the playing surface
- The opponent, or anything the opponent wears or carries, touches the net assembly
- The opponent's free hand touches the playing surface
- The opponent touches the table with either hand before striking the ball