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Table Tennis Question about Authorised Rubbers 
My question is about authorised rubbers on table tennis rackets. Can a player use any rubbers on his racket or can he only use authorised rubbers? …

Can I change the ball or racket during a match? 
Can I switch a ball or a racket (paddle) during a game or a match? ----- Martin's Reply ----- Gene, It depends on the event you are taking …

When should the umpire call the score? 
Recently an umpire called the score and the server served. The opponent said that he wasn't ready and the umpire called a let. In my view the umpire …

Question about Match Rules 
If, in a group match, the losing player withdraws from the competition, does the winning player forfeit that game? ----- Martin's Reply …

Table Tennis Rules About Shouting 
Is there any table tennis rule which covers when a player calls out or shouts out during a rally? If it is loud enough to possibly have put his opponent …

Disturbing the Conditions of Play 
I was playing the other night and my opponent wore glasses. In the middle of a rally (at quite a crucial point in the game) my opponent's glasses …

Question about the table tennis serve 
My table tennis question is this. When serving and the ball hits the net and then bounces on my opponent's side of the table, I know that it is a …

Becoming a Table Tennis Official 
How does one become an official in international table tennis tournaments? ----- Martin's Reply ----- Glenn, Thanks for your …

Table Tennis Serve 
When serving, doubles or singles, if the ball lands on receiver's side... a) on outside edge of white line, or b) on edge of table so that it …

Table Tennis Rules for Penholder Racket 
Hi Martin! Of late I am playing quite frequently with players using the penhold rackets. During one of the matches a question regarding the validity …

What table tennis equipment should I use? 
I'm USATT rated at 1050 but can occasionally beat players rated much higher. I can hit most of the shots but lack a little consistency (I know …

Game Point in Table Tennis  
Hi Martin, A group of friends and I have recently started playing some casual table tennis and it seems we all remember different rules from our …

Angle of table tennis racket while smashing 
I am a penhold player so what should be my position - which leg my body weight should be on and what should be the angle my arm should move while …

Table Tennis Ball - Damage during rally 
If a table tennis ball is damaged during a rally, does that constitute a let or is the winner of the rally entitled to claim the point? …

Table Tennis Question about Injuries 
How will the umpire decide if a player in service or in the process of the game injured the opponent? Say a ball smashed / a bat that slipped, …

Is there a time limit or score limit for deuce? 
What is the ultimate decision when 2 players are playing in the final game after a 2-2 score and going into a deuce situation in the 5th set? Is …

How do I attack a deep push with the backhand? 
Often in a game my opponent gives me a strong, deep push to my backhand side and I will usually attempt to loop this ball with my backhand. My …

Question about Looping or Pushing 
I am currently confused about when to loop or push? I am starting to play opponents at or near a 2000 level and it seems the push, especially …

Why do professional players say Choi after winning a point? 
What is the call that players make after winning a point? It sounds like "cho" or "choi". Is it Chinese and what does it mean/translate as? …

Table Tennis Competitions - Calculation of Group Ranking 
I was playing a table tennis competition and at the end I couldn't get past my group. We were playing five players in a group with two players …

Table Tennis Rules About Offering Advice 
My table tennis question is about coaches giving advice to players. In a normal league game, is there a rule which prevents a coach from offering …

Question about table tennis rubbers 
My question is about the difference between types and colours of table tennis rubbers. I organise a TT Group where we meet every fortnight and …

Yellow and red cards 
My question is about yellow cards in table tennis. When a yellow card is given, how long does it last for, just that match or into other competitions? …

Table Tennis Net Question 
Is it OK if the ball hits the net post and then bounces on the opponent's court? Also, is it OK if the ball hits the top of the net twice and …

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Table Tennis Question About The Return of Service Position 
Can your opponent who is returning your serve have any part of his body over the white line or edge of the table? I am finding that some players …

What table tennis table do you recommend? 
I want to buy a table to practice on at home. We're not serious league players, so we don't need top of the range equipment. However, what should …

Table Tennis Rules Question About Touching the Table 
My table tennis question relates to the rules about touching the table tennis table. Can you tell me, when playing table tennis and I touch the …

Table Tennis Service Rule Question 
I am in doubt who would gain a point if ... 'the service ball bounces once on my court and two times on my opponent's court'. My friends say that …

Table Tennis Officials 
My question is about table tennis officials. Can you please tell me who are the officials in table tennis and their duties? What do the umpires …

Table Tennis Racket Question - Can I volley the ball on the side with colour but no rubber? 
You mentioned that "if you play with a penhold grip and you only use rubber on one side of your blade, you can leave the other side of your blade …

Table Tennis question about hitting bat on table 
I have a table tennis question for you that I can't find the answer to. When we are playing a game, what happens if we hit the bat on the table? …

I need a table tennis racket recommendation 
I've been on the web for a couple of hours trying to find out what a good racket would be for several boys who are really into Ping Pong. They …

Can I convert an indoor table tennis table to an outdoor table tennis table? 
I have a table tennis table (Butterfly 18mm indoor) and I want to convert it to an outdoor table tennis table. What paint is needed? Also what …

Table Tennis Question about Service Rules 
When playing table tennis, if you have game point, is it automatically your opponent's serve or can you win a game by serving? Please can you clarify …

Question about Table Tennis Paint 
I wish to restore my 15 years old professional grade table tennis table. No one can provide me with an answer. I called Australia Table Tennis …

Table Tennis Question about Continuous Play & Time Outs 
You mention that it's one of the oldest rules that play should be continuous - apart from within the rules that players may have a 1 minute time out …

Table Tennis Question about a Good Return 
Is the opponent allowed to have their racket on your side of the table (hit the ball on your side of the net)? This could happen if I were to hit …

Table Tennis Question about the Volley 
I have a question about volleying the ball when playing table tennis. Can a player return the ball before it bounces on their court? What do …

Table Tennis Question about Sandpaper Rackets 
My question is about table tennis paddles. Is it legal to use a sandpaper covered paddle? Can you tell me what the rules say about sandpaper …

Table Tennis Question about Serving Rules 
My table tennis question relates to what the rules say regarding the service. When you are serving, do you have to send the ball in between your …

Table Tennis Rules Question - Edge or Side 
I have a table tennis question about the rules of table tennis. What happens if the ball touches the side (not the corner) of the table while returning …

Question About Table Tennis Room Height 
I would like to know what would be the minimum height for a home table tennis room. Thank you for all the information in your website. Thanks …

Table Tennis Question About European Champion 
I have a table tennis question relating to the European Championships. Can you tell me who was the last English lady to win the title of European …

Table Tennis Question About Stamping  
I thought that there was a rule in table tennis about not stamping when serving. I can't find any mention of this in the rules. Do you know of anything? …

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Questions about the Rules

Rackets & Rubbers

Service Rules

  • Where to serve
    When you are serving, do you have to send the ball in between your opponent's corners of the table?

  • Stamping
    I thought that there was a rule about not stamping when serving?

  • Serving at game point
    When you have game point, is it automatically your opponent's serve or can you win a game by serving?

  • Ball bounces twice
    Who would win the point if the ball bounces once on my court and two times on my opponent's court?

  • Serve hitting lines or edges
    What happens when the ball hits the outside edge of white line or the edge of the table?

  • Ball hits the net when serving
    How many times can you re-take the serve when the ball hits the net and bounces on my opponent's side of the table?

  • Return of service position
    Can your opponent who is returning your serve have any part of his body over the white line or edge of the table?

During a rally

Match Conduct

Competition Rules

  • Group Matches
    If, in a group match, the losing player withdraws from the competition, does the winning player forfeit that game?

  • Group Rankings
    How do you calculate the group rankings in a competition?

Requesting recommendations

Equipment

  • Rackets
    What type of racket and rubbers would you recommend for me?

  • Rackets
    What type of racket would you recommend for a gift to someone?

  • Tables
    What table tennis tables do you recommend?

  • Tables
    Can I convert an indoor table to an outdoor table?

  • Paint
    I wish to restore my 15 years old professional grade table tennis table. What is the specification of the paint and where can I buy it?

Requesting advice

Playing

Match Officials

Other

  • Professional players
    What is the call that professional players make after winning a point? It sounds like "cho" or "choi". Is it Chinese and what does it mean/translate as?

  • Room Height
    I would like to know what would be the minimum height for a home table tennis room.

  • European Champion
    Who was the last English lady to win the title of European Champion?

 


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