The Rules of Table Tennis (Ping Pong) – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Table Tennis (Ping Pong) – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains the Rules of Table Tennis
Table Tennis, otherwise known as ‘Ping Pong’, is a game played as singles (where one person
plays against one person) or doubles (where two people play against two people).
The object of the game is for your team to win 3 sets faster than the opposing team.
To win a set, you must score 11 points and be at least two points ahead.
If the scores are 10-10 for example, the game carries on until one player or pair has a
two point lead. Okay then, so how do you score these points?
To score a point, you must aim to hit a small ball with your bat (otherwise known as a paddle)
over the net and onto your opponent’s side of the table without the opponent returning
the favour. The table is 274cm long x 152.5cm wide, and
the net is 15.25cm above the table surface. There is a centreline that divides the table,
but this is used in doubles only. To start the game, a player must serve with
the ball in his open palm behind the table. The ball must travel at least 6 inches in
the air and bounce once on each side of the table for a serve to be legal.
If the ball is hit onto the edge of the table – this counts.
The opponent will then try and return the ball and make you miss hitting the ball back.
This can go back and forth and is known as a ‘rally’.
Hitting the ball over a net onto the table so that your opponent can’t return it, sounds
simple enough, but in table tennis – it’s very easy to lose points. There’s a lot of things you can’t do in
table tennis You cannot hit the ball directly onto the
ground outside the area of play. You cannot hit the ball twice in succession.
You cannot allow the ball to bounce more than once.
You cannot hit the ball before it has bounced on your side of the table.
You cannot hit the ball into the net and for it to land on your half of the table.
You cannot touch the ball with any part of your body except with the bat.
You cannot put your non playing hand on the table.
In doubles, you cannot hit the ball out of turn.
and as earlier mentioned; you must serve the ball legally.
If you commit any of these errors, this results in your opponents being awarded a point.
Once a player or a pair has won 11 points and is at least 2 points ahead, they win a
set. First player or pair to win 3 sets faster
than their opponent … wins. Now that’s basically table tennis in a nutshell,
but there’s a few things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example … Service
In singles only, the ball can be served anywhere on the table.
In doubles however, the ball must touch the opposite corners of the table and partners
must alternate serves. Each player (or pair) is given two serves
before your opponent is awarded next two serves. This goes back and forth until either a set
is won, or you reach Deuce. Deuce
This where a score is tied (typically 10-10) and each team now requires a two point lead
to win. The only difference now is that you only get one serve each as opposed to two.
The first player or pair to get a two point lead, wins the set. Out of turn (doubles) In doubles only, you and your partner must
hit the ball alternately. If a player hits the ball twice in succession
during a rally – they have played out of turn and the opponent is awarded the point. As you can tell, Table Tennis is an extremely
fast sport and you’ll need good reflexes to play it properly, but over time, the rules
will become easy and it’s a fun sport to play.
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Be sure to follow me on twitter also, but in the meantime, enjoy Table Tennis! Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

Comments (100)

  1. Thanks for the explanation, me and a friend are starting up some weekly playing and this was needed, one question though, if someone hits the ball and it hit the net and just barely flops over it onto the opponents side do they get the point?

  2. My family has a Christmas table tennis tournament. This will be very helpful for the rules. Thank you.

  3. Thank you! Great video!!

  4. Hello St Bernard people

  5. Great! I feel prepared for my P.E. test for tomorrow! Thank you 🙂

  6. wish me luck got competition next wed

  7. you forgot about a rule in doubles
    that u must serve on the right side

  8. What happens if the ball touch the net (duraing the exchange) and drop on the opposant side? Is this a point and for whom? Same for the service if I serve and the ball do touch the net and drop the other side, what happens? Thank you!

  9. Thanks a lot 🙂 great video 🙂 exactly what we needed 🙂

  10. thank you , very informative

  11. how long did it take you to make this vid?

  12. thanks bro now i can proove my sir that u r not supposed to hit the ball unless it is bounced

  13. Great video – thank you for sharing!

  14. thank you so much, it helped me understand and correct my old knowledge on table tennis.

  15. Your sports rule videos are great! Tks for that!
    I was looking for something professional, straight and clear on YouTube what is not easy, I have found it here.
    Congrats and thank you!! ?

  16. Very useful for my Flipped Learning class

  17. The k you very much. This was so informative and helpful!

  18. Thanks for the video……very helful

  19. One question i have is: If I return the ball during a rally and the ball hits the corner/edge of the table and deflects down, usually straight to the floor, is that then a point to me or to my opponent.

  20. thank you for helping to understand rules of tabletennis

  21. 😛 the Chinese player in the video (Zhang Jike) has gotten a hip injury not too long ago…

  22. I thought if i hit the ball back with my finger( with the racket holding hand) accidently it still counts?

  23. “Over the net…..” Not exactly. You could hit over the net or around the net or in some magical ways that the ball lands on the opponent’s side.

  24. since im hosting a small work table tennis tourney, these rules help

  25. So far this is the best explanation of table tennis rules on YouTube thank you very much !!!! ??

  26. Very helpful thanks

  27. very nice video sir . very much helpful

  28. In less time explained rules nicely

  29. There’s so many rules imitated !

  30. It once happend to me that the ball got from the opponent side and then back to me without him touching the ball becouse of the spin, who should get the point in that situation

  31. I accidentally hit the ball against the pole that holds the net up en the bal ricochet and went Flying through the air and landed on my opponents part of the table In a crucial part of the Game. Does that point count? I'm A beginner and couldn't find the answer anywhere so please let me know.

  32. Thanks for such a nice vedio

  33. that's what i need to know.thanks

  34. I want to know illegal shots in ping pong

  35. Yeah but how you determine who serves.

  36. Thank you was very helpful ^_^

  37. what if i return the ball around the net not over it like from the side and it hits the opponent's side ..does that count for me??
    and thanks for the video

  38. Nice Video! Keep up the great work.

  39. Can you do badminton

  40. Hey there, i want to know that suppose while doing serve the ball strikes on our side and then it strikes twice on other side then is it considered legal or not ?

  41. Most of this video was just Zhang destroying lol

  42. While in a rally,can we go close to the net and make our shot?

  43. I literally knew nothing about the rules and now I’m schooling my dad
    Thank you so much

  44. Hi Reddit

  45. What if in doubles game we touch net during serve. Do we call it again or continue.

  46. awesome
    full content in very less time

  47. Good post. Played ping pong a lot when I was young. We played to 21, you had to win by 2. You could only score on your serve. Putting spin on the serve was legal. Hitting the back edge or side edge of the opponent's side was legal. And we called it a paddle. (Not a bat.)

    Returning the ball on the fly was legal, and was considering a good, aggressive attack strategy. Returning the ball so that it hit the top edge of the net and having go over and hitting the opponent's side was legal. Topspin, backspin, sidespin (left or right), were all good tactics. And a really good backspin that, for lack of a better word, was a "dink." You pointed the top edge of the paddle straight at your opponent with a little downward angle, and jabbed it forward and underneath the ball to drastically slow its speed down and create a strong enough backspin so that it would almost stop dead on the other side when it hit the table.

    I started out using a traditional grip (like the fellas you have in the video) and then converted to the "Chinese" or "pen" grip after a few years. It allowed me to do a greater repertoire of spins. Also, in effect, there wasn't much of backhand that way. We had a lot of fun in those days playing the game.

  48. what the…your d best!???

  49. I know why you guys are here

    There is a kid at school who is cheating

  50. What if the ball touches the white edges during the rally is it a re serve??

  51. Cheers for this Ninh. You've helped me understand many sports. You explain it very well. Thanks A lot.

  52. Thank you so much! I have randomly sparked an interest in table tennis and this video was so helpful!

  53. shoutout to coach JR

  54. What is a kill zone?

  55. When the game is getting intense, and each player hits the ball hard… could you “Baby” hit it? Like when your opponent is far back.. expecting a large hit, but you hit as gently as you can.
    Is that legal?

  56. I play table tennis and helped me much more!

  57. This video was really helpful. But the concept of re-serve has not been touched in it. It would've been more helpful, had it been covered in the video.

  58. how about 11 and 11 what should be the next?

  59. I want to start a Table Tennis club someday

  60. Can you use curve always?

  61. A minor thing is differentiating between an 'edge' and a 'side'.

    Many players try to claim any 'side' no matter how low it is…

  62. Nice video with clear and fast explanation. Thumbs up!!

  63. I once got a pretty "rare" incident. I served the ball and it was rotating… it hit my opponent's side and bounced back to mine. Does that count a point for me or my opponent?

  64. Great video. Short, informative and no fluff.

  65. At school we're playing table tennis and theres this bitch named Emily and she breaks literally all the rules and counts them as points for her and nobody points it out, but then when we make a mistake she points it out and then starts being all cocky and proud at the end of the game

  66. Thank you ! What if my ball hits the net while serving? Server is allowed a new serve? If you miss a serve are you aloowed a second one like Tennis?

  67. What are the rules for dropping the bat and hitting the table with the bat?

  68. Rats Rats we are the rats

  69. Thank you. This was very knowledgeable information that helped me and my table tennis mates play according to the rules.
    Please continue to publish superb works in the future.

  70. Great video, nice for communicating one's passion for table tennis to the less initiated 🙂

  71. Hey can anyone help me in service do you have to throw the ball 20 centimeters in the air or not???

  72. Thanks man! This helped with some confusion.

  73. From which age to which age we can play Olympic games

  74. Fyi guys, ping pong is actually a different sport from table tennis, if i rmb correctly, 1 set is 15 points and the bats are sandpapered bats, without any rubber on its surface

  75. If the ball come to me lets say lob shot and my bat hit the table when i catch the ball is that a point for the opposite or when i smash with forehand or backhand ? Thnx in advance for anyone that can answer me cause i have a disquss with my friend

  76. I wish i can play this game, but the table is expensive

  77. Thanks that really helpful

  78. thank you so helpful

  79. 0:44 I had that table once, but years later I sold it to a friend who's a landscaper. Anyone know any places that sell cheap Ping Pong tables?

  80. There is also another rule about yellow cards

  81. What it's that ball to play table tennis?

  82. I really need to know if the ball hits the white corner on the table is that considered out of the game because my friend says it dose so I want to prove him wrong

  83. I thought that you should serve to the opposite corner also in singles, I had been playing like that all the time haha

  84. Can we serve to opponent's side end? in doubles?

  85. one slight rule adjustment: if the ball hits your playing hand/fingers, its still in play.

  86. Just want to know the rules of deuce. In badminton, typically 20-20, the player who gets 2 more points will win the game but in 29-29, the player who achieves 30 points first will win the game. For example, A 30-29 B, player A wins the games. So is there any similar situation in table tennis?

  87. How does the cards work

  88. In the service if the ball hits the white line of the opponents side will it be a foul???

  89. At the World Championships, you have to win 4 sets

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