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ITTF World Tour 2016

The ITTF World Tour 2016. Where the best players in the world compete for the biggest money prizes.

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How to Play Table Tennis Videos - Essential Techniques

Master all the essential table tennis techniques with my free instructional videos...

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Table Tennis World Ranking

The table tennis world ranking list - when is it published? How is it compiled? Who are the best table tennis players? Find out here...

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European Championships 2016 - Mens Singles Table Tennis Results

The Table Tennis European Championships 2016 were held in Budapest, Hungary from 18-23 October. Get all the details and results for the Men's Singles event here...

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European Table Tennis Championships 2016 - Womens Singles Results

The European Championships 2016 were held in Budapest, Hungary from 18-23 October. Get all the details and results for the Women's Team event here...

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European Table Tennis Championships 2016 - Womens Doubles Results

The Table Tennis European Championships 2016 were held in Budapest, Hungary from 18-23 October. Get all the details and results for the Women's Doubles event here...

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European Championships 2016 - Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Results

The Table Tennis European Championships 2016 were held in Budapest, Hungary from 18-23 October. Get all the details and results for the Mixed Doubles event here...

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European Championships 2016 - Mens Doubles Table Tennis Results

The Table Tennis European Championships 2016 were held in Budapest, Hungary from 18-23 October. Get all the details and results for the Men's Doubles event here...

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Yellow Cards and Red Cards in Table Tennis

Yellow cards and red cards are a recent addition to the rules of table tennis. But what do they mean? Find out here.

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Men's World Cup 2016 - Table Tennis

The Men's World Cup is an invitational event for 20 of the world's top players. See who qualified for this prestigious event in 2016 and get all the results.

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Authorised Racket Coverings - List of Authorised Table Tennis Rubbers

Which racket coverings are authorised by the ITTF? Find out here...

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Maine Table Tennis League

We are the ONLY organized table tennis league or club in the State of Maine, USA. We are located at the Lewiston Armory, 65 Central Avenue, in Lewiston,

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ITTF World Tour - Where the worlds best table tennis professionals compete

2017 sees the launch of a revamped ITTF World Tour with higher prize money for all players.

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Table Tennis Question - Time between serves

Table tennis questions

Don from California, USA asks...

How much time is allowed for a person to serve between points?


----- Martin's Reply -----

The quick answer is that there is no specified time limit.

The long answer is as follows...

The Laws of Table Tennis are the "basic rules" which prescribe the equipment to be used; how to serve and return; the order of play; how to score points and how long the game can last. However, they do not specify any time limits for service.

You can read them here...
www.allabouttabletennis.com/official-rules-of-table-tennis.html

The Laws of Table Tennis are the same for both amateurs and professionals, BUT for higher levels of play there are many additional Regulations which supplement the basic rules.

How many of these additional Regulations are actually used will depend upon the standard of the competition being played, and whether the organisers have adopted all or any of them.

One of these Regulations states...
"Play shall be continuous throughout an individual match..."

This means that, if the Regulations are being used, an umpire can tell a player to speed up if he considers that the player is taking too long between points.

 

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Fun novelty gifts for table tennis enthusiasts

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RIO QUIZ

Olympic Medallists Table Tennis - Who has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals?

Olympic medallists table tennis. Which players have been olympic medallists? Find out here...

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2016 Olympic Games - Men's Team Event Draw and Results

The men's table tennis team event at the Olympic Games took place from 12-17 August 2016. Here are all the results...

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2016 Olympic Games - Womens Team Event Draw and Results

The women's table tennis team event at the Olympic Games took place from 12-16 August 2016. Here are the results...

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2016 Olympic Games - Men's Singles Draw and Results

The men's table tennis singles events at the Olympic Games took place from 6-11 August 2016. Here are all the results...

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2016 Olympic Games - Women's Singles Draw and Results

The women's singles events at the Olympic Games took place from 6-10 August 2016. Here are the results...

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Top Table Tennis Club

Top Table Tennis Club is in Belhar, Cape Town, South Africa. We are situated at 1 Proton Road, Belhar at the Belhar Sport Centre. Belhar is situated

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Chelsea Table Tennis Club

Chelsea Table Tennis is located at the 90 year old Larrimac Golf Club - 1148, Route 105 in Chelsea, Quebec in Canada. Our club started in Nov. 2015 and

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Taverzo Table Tennis Club

Taverzo Table Tennis Club is a large table tennis club in the west of The Netherlands (near The Hague) where everybody can play table tennis. Our address

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Eugene Table Tennis Club

Eugene Table Tennis Club is in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The club offers a warm invitation to players of all standards to come and enjoy our top class facilities.

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Orange County Table Tennis Academy

The Orange County Table Tennis Academy (OCTTA) is located in Fountain Valley, which is in the state of California, USA. The full address is 16035 Brookhurst

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2016 Olympic Games - Mens Team Event Seedings

16 teams qualified to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games Mens Team Event and the seedings have now been announced.

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2016 Olympic Games - Womens Team Event Seedings

16 teams qualified to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games Womens Team Event and the seedings have now been announced.

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2016 Olympic Games - Womens Singles Seedings

70 players qualified to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games Womens Singles Event. See the seedings here.

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2016 Olympic Games - Mens Singles Seedings

70 players qualified to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games Mens Singles Event and the seedings have been announced.

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NEW E-Book

New E-book

What's the real secret to choosing a table tennis racket?

How can you ensure that you make the right choice?

This E-book will explain exactly how to choose the perfect racket for you.

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2016 Olympic Games Medals for Table Tennis

The 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games medals have been unveiled. Here are all the details...

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Original Laws of Table Tennis 1926

The original laws of table tennis were agreed in 1926. You can read them all here...

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2016 Olympic Games - Which players qualified for the table tennis events?

See who qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games table tennis events here.

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2016 Olympic Games

7 Things About Olympic Table Tennis


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2016 Olympic Games

Anatomy of a Table Tennis Player with Dimitrij Ovtcharov [Germany]


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2016 Olympic Games Table Tennis Schedule

Where and when did the 2016 Olympic Games table tennis schedule get underway? Find out here...

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Table Tennis Question - Around the Net

Table tennis questions

Yousif from the USA asks...

Yesterday I was playing and I received a hook shot that went to the side of the table.

I jumped and shot it back and it did bounce on his side and the other player missed it, but the ball didn't go over the net but around the side of it.

Is that a legit point? Does it count?


----- Martin's Reply -----

Yes, it is allowed.

The ball can be played over or around the net.This has always been allowed, although the wording of the rule was changed slightly in 2014 for the service.

Prior to 2014, Law (rule) 2.6.3 stated...

As the ball is falling the server shall strike it so that it touches first his or her court and then after passing over or around the net assembly, touches directly the receiver's court; in doubles, the ball shall touch successively the right half court of server and receiver.

but in 2014 the words...

"after passing over or around the net assembly"

were removed in order to simplify and make clearer the wording of the Laws.

so now...

Law (rule) 2.6.3 states...

As the ball is falling the server shall strike it so that it touches first his or her court and then touches directly the receiver's court; in doubles, the ball shall touch successively the right half court of server and receiver.

whilst Law (rule) 2.7.1 states...

The ball, having been served or returned, shall be struck so that it touches the opponent's court, either directly or after touching the net assembly.

Read the Laws here...

www.allabouttabletennis.com/official-rules-of-table-tennis.html

Umpires Hand Signals

What do the hand signals used by umpires mean and when are they used? Find out here...

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Table Tennis Question - Service Rules

Table tennis questions

John from MI USA asks...

Is it legal to be able to hit the opponents perimeter white line either at the end of the table or the side of the table when serving?


----- Martin's Reply -----

Yes.

The white lines around the table have no purpose other than to delineate the edges of the playing surface.

As in all other sports, a ball hitting the white line is "in" and is "good".

More information...

If you need more information I have explained the rules here...
www.allabouttabletennis.com/table-tennis-rules.html

Tests on Height of the Net

Tests on Height of the Net

The ITTF have agreed to put high speed cameras at the height of the net (at the 2016 Olympic Games or World Tour event) for a minimum of 20 matches of men and another 20 matches of women with different playing styles, and to publish the results by 30th of November 2016.

The purpose of this is to help inform a decision on whether to raise the height of the net in 2018.

The Swiss Table Tennis put a propsal to the ITTF's AGM stating...

Table tennis is a very attractive and spectacular sport as soon as there are rallies.

Unfortunately, too many rallies are finished within the first 3 strokes.

To reach the target to become a top 5 sport, table tennis has to be more spectacular.

The importance of service (and receive) has to be declined.

Especially the services and receives are crossing the net very low. Afterwards, the balls cross the net much higher.

Therefore one might estimate that with a higher net, there would be more rallies.

Depending on the results, Swiss Table Tennis may ask the AGM in Germany in 2017 to change the rules and introduce a higher net from July 2018.

History

The height of the net was last changed in 1937 when it was reduced from 6.75 inches to 6 inches.


Calculation of Group Ranking in Tournaments

How do you calculate the group positions in a round-robin competition? It's simple, so let's take a closer look

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Table Tennis Question - Service Rules

Table tennis questions

Harry from the USA asks...

1) Does the serve have to stay inside the sidelines from the net to the rear baseline and beyond, with an imaginary line drawn past each sideline towards returner?

and

2) Is a serve legal if it bounces more than once on returners side of table, basically like a drop shot in tennis. Doesn't it have to come off the table with only one bounce?


----- Martin's Reply -----

1) No. Law/Rule 2.06.04 states that..."From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by the server or his or her doubles partner or by anything they wear or carry."

2) The ball must bounce at least once on your opponent's side of the table and you can serve from and to, any part of the table.

However, in doubles, the serve must be played diagonally, i.e. within the right half courts only, whereas in singles you can serve from and to, any part of the table.

If your opponent doesn't hit the ball after it has bounced once, you win the point (unless it touched the net when you served - then you replay the point).

More information...

If you need more information I have explained the service rules here...
www.allabouttabletennis.com/official-table-tennis-rules.html

Table Tennis Question - Racket Colours

Table tennis questions

Adam from the UK asks...

What is the difference between the black and red side of a racket?

Is one for spin and one for control?


----- Martin's Reply -----

Table tennis questions

The use of two colours is solely for identifying which side of the racket is being used.

The rules of table tennis state that the rubbers on your racket have to be bright red on one side and black on the other side.

This enables your opponent to know which side of the racket you are using on every shot.

This rule was introduced on 1 July 1986 because of the increased use of "combination" rackets in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

At that time, players were using the same colour rubber on both sides of their racket, but were using two different types of rubber, and they were then "twiddling" the racket during the rally.

This made it very difficult for their opponent to know which rubber was being used for each stroke, and therefore what type of spin was being imparting onto the ball.

So the rules were changed in 1986 so that your opponent would at least know which side of the racket you were using.

More information...

www.allabouttabletennis.com/table-tennis-rubber.html

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