• The winner of a match is the one who wins the first THREE or FOUR games (according to the competition)
  • A game consists of 11 points
  • There must be a gap of at least two points between opponents
  • If the score is 10-10, the game goes in to extra play until one of the players has gained a lead of 2 points, until one of the players has gained a lead of two points, at the earliest when the score is 12-10
  • The point goes to the player who successfully ends a rally
  • The score of the server is always announced first

A player scores a point when his opponent commits one of the following errors:

  • He isn’t able to return the ball.
  • He returns the ball outside the opposite side of the table.
  • He lets the ball bounce more than once in his own court before returning it.
  • He touches the ball several times successively.
  • He strikes the ball in volley (without it bouncing on the table) above his side of the table.
  • He moves the table during play.
  • He touches the net or a post.
  • His free hand touches the table.
  • He makes a bad service (see Service)


  • If the ball touches the table surface, it is good
  • If it touches the side of the table, it is bad
  • A player is not allowed to strike the ball in volley
  • Two possible scenarios :

    If the opponent’s ball leaves the table and I strike the ball in volley behind the table, then the point is given to me.

    If the opponent’s ball leaves the table, but I strike the ball in volley above the table, then the point is given to my opponent.

The initial order of serving is decided by lot. Service changes every 2 points, except during periods of extra play where it changes each time. Service must adhere to the following rules :

  • The ball rests freely on the open palm of the hand.
  • The hand holding the ball must be above the level of the table.
  • The ball shall be projected upwards (at least 16 cm)
  • The ball should be struck when it is falling and behind the table.
  • The ball should first bounce in one’s court, then in the opponent’s court.
  • The ball can pass over the sides of the table.
  • Service can be diagonal and also in a straight line in singles
  • Service can be replayed when :
  • The ball touches the net or its supporting posts before touching the opponent’s court (”let” service)
  • The ball touches the net then is struck in volley by the opponent without it touching his court.
  • The receiver was not ready at the time of service.

Service must be diagonal, from the right half court (marked by a white line) to the opponent’s right half court

  • After that, play can cover the whole table, but each partner must take his turn

Service changeover:

  • A1 serves to B1 (2 services),
  • B1 then serves to A2 (2 services),
  • A2 then serves to B2 ,
  • B2 serves to A1 and continuing in this way for every 2 services. Following service, each player of course plays in turn In addition to the aforementioned cases in singles, a doubles team scores a point when its doubles opponents make one of the following errors :
  • At service, the player lets the ball bounce on the left half court, on either side of the court.
  • A player strikes the ball when it is not his turn.
  • Obstruction is not an acceptable claim for players of the same doubles team.

If you’re new to buying table tennis table or table tennis equipment, or maybe just new to the sport in general, choosing the right outdoor table tennis table table can seem a bit confusing. Sure, you want something suited to you and your family’s needs and use, but also you’d probably like something that is resilient and built to last-especially if it’s primary purpose will be to endure the elements outdoors. Below, we have put together our best tips on buying an outdoor table tennis table table to help you on your way.


The size of an outdoor table tennis table table really depends on whether or not you plan on moving it in and out of the outdoors. Some people choose to leave their table tennis table outside all year long and just make sure it’s covered. The ability to do so also depends on your climate-for example, if you get snow or not. Typically, however, the size of the table tennis table should be a standard size, perhaps a tad smaller and more lightweight for convenience.


The materials of an outdoor table tennis table is really “the guts” of buying the right table that will last your family and household a long, happy time. There are basically three different types of table tennis table surface material: metal, wood, or synthetic laminate. The better the quality and durability-naturally-the bigger the price tag. Do remember if you opt for wood, to ensure that the waterproofing is top of the line as well. It takes very little to warp untreated wood.


Another aspect to consider if you choose on leaving the outdoor table outdoors most ir not all of the time, is whether or not the table surface, legs, and mechanisms are thoroughly waterproofed. If not, you will be basically sporting an indoor table tennis table outdoors, that will be ruined in no time. Though water-resistant is sometimes an option, it is recommended no matter how often your outdoor table will be outdoors-unless you live in an exclusively dry area of the world-that you opt for waterproof. All it takes is one thunderstorm or deluge to trash a water-resistant outdoor table tennis table.

Level of Play

Though most of the deterioration that sun, water, and elements can wreak on an outdoor table tennis table can be avoided by quality materials and waterproofing, an expert table tennis champion should have doubts of outdoor table tennis table tables in general. If you are purchasing your new table for casual family or party play, then an outdoor table tennis table table might be perfect for your uses; however, the table will over time warp due to sun and the elements. If you are a champion bent on bettering your game, the warping and general deterioration will limit and greatly inhibit your progress.

Cover No Matter What

No matter whether you have opted for the top of the line, high tech outdoor table tennis table for your home, or have settled upon a more modest table for casual use; if you plan on keeping your table outdoors-even minimally-you should always buy a quality, protective cover for the surface of your table. This will stretch out the life of your outdoor table tennis table table, and maximize your investment with little trouble at all.

Source by King Bruce