The rules of ping-pong begin with the fact that each game should go up until 11 points, and the winner must win by two points. Learn about what makes a serve legal in ping-pong with help from the owner of a table tennis company in this free video on ping-pong rules.
Hi I'm Judy Hoarfrost, I am from Paddle Palace Table Tennis Company, and our topic is what are the rules of table tennis. You know not a week goes by that we don't have someone call us up at Paddle Palace, and ask us to solve a dispute of the rules. Well here you go. Here is a summary of the official rules of table tennis according to the ITTF, International Table Tennis Federation. First of all a game goes up to eleven points, and you must win by two. So if you get up to ten to ten it is called a deuce game, and then you have to keep going until somebody gets ahead. It might go up to one thousand to nine hundred and ninety-eight before someone gets ahead by two, but that is what you do. With the serving the server serves two, and then the receiver is now the server serves two, and then you alternate two serves each until you get to ten to ten. If you do get to deuce game then you take turns every one serve. A match is best three games out of five or four games out of seven depending on the competition that you are playing in. Let's talk about a legal serves. A legal serve the ball must be the palm of your hand, it must be flat hand, can't be on the fingers, and you must be, the ball must be behind the line of the table. Now you can be behind an extension of the line, you can be way over here, but you can't be over the line, you cannot lean over the table when you serve. You certainly can during the course of the match, but when you serve you cannot lean over, you cannot put your hand on the table. You must throw the ball up at least six inches or higher, and strike it on the way down. The ball hits your side of the table, goes over the net, hits the other side of the table. Now if it hits the net, and goes over that is called a net serve, and you just serve over again. And you can have unlimited number of net serves until either you lose a point. Like if it hits the net, and goes off the end, and doesn't hit the other side then you lose the point. Let's see there is some things you can't do in table tennis. It is not legal to put your non-playing hand on the table. It is not legal if you move the table you lose the point. If you, now it is okay if the ball hits your hand or your finger, because it is consider an extension of the paddle. But if it hits your wrist, elbow of course that is not going to be legal. We, when you are receiving the ball you have to be hitting the ball, you have to let it hit just one time on your side of the table. If it hits twice then you lose the point. If you hit the ball before it hits your side of the table you lose the point. Now you only have to hit the ball over or around the net. Now what does that mean? If you, say were you getting in a really exciting point, and the ball is your really, really back here at an angle, and you are here on the floor, and it hits your side, and you hit your paddle, and it goes, and you get manage to get back on the other side of the table well it went around the net, it did not go over. If you hit the other side of the table it is still legal, it counts. However, if the ball hits the side of the table it is not legal. You have to hit the top, it is okay if you hit the edge of the table, but it has to be the top edge of the table. So let's talk about legal equipment. The table is five feet by nine feet thirty inches tall. The ball is forty millimeters in diameter, white or orange, and it is two point seven grams, must be ITTF approved to be used in a tournament. The net is six inches tall, and it must come out from the tall six inches on each side. The racket must have a rubber covering that is ITTF approved, and it must be red on one side, and black on the other. Well there is, that is it in a nutshell. There is a lot more to know about the rules, and we do have the complete set of official rules posted at paddlepalace.com. Or you can check out on line the ittf.com or usatt.org.