Ping Pong Tournament
Rules of the Game



  • An official team shall consist of one player.
  • A match will consist of the best of three games. Each game is won by the player who first scores 21 points and wins by at least two points.


  • A random choosing (e.g. rock-paper-scissors, paddle spin or a coin toss) will determine which player will have the choice of ends and the right to be server or receiver in the first game.The other player will then take the remaining choice. After each game, the players will alternate ends and service.
  • After five points, the receiver shall become the server, and the server the receiver and so on after each five points until game point where you cannot serve your own game point and the game cannot be lost on a serve.
  • If the score is 20-all, the loser of the previous point is the server for the next. This continues until there is a winner.
  • The ball shall be placed on the palm of the free hand, which must be stationary, above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line. Service shall commence by the server projecting the ball by hand only, without imparting spin and nearly vertically upward. As the ball is descending, it shall be struck so that it touches first the server's court and then passes directly over or around the net and touches the receiver's court. If, in attempting to serve, the server misses the ball altogether it is a lost point. Volleys are not permitted.
  • The serve DOES NOT need to be delivered from alternating sides of the center line and DOES NOT need to be delivered diagonally.
  • The server cannot use his/her body or clothing to obstruct the sight of the ball.
  • If the serve touches the net but proceeds over the net onto the opponent's side of the table, it is considered a "let". The server will then receive one more attempt to serve. If the server serves two consecutive "let" serves, a point is awarded to the opponent.
  • If the serve touches the net and lands on the floor, a point is awarded to the opponent.
  • If the serve goes into the net, a point is awarded to the opponent.

Ball in Play

  • The ball is in play from the moment at which it is projected from the hand in service until:
    1. it has touched one court twice consecutively
    2. it has, except in service, touched each court alternately without having been struck by the racket intermediately
    3. it has been struck by any player more than once consecutively
    4. it has touched any player or anything that is worn or carried except the racket or racket hand below the wrist.
    5. on the volley it comes in contact with the racket or racket hand below the wrist.
    6. it touches any object other than the net or supports.

A Point is Scored by the Opponents if:

    • A server fails to make a good service.
    • A player fails to make a good return when it is his (her) turn to do so.
    • A player, his racket, or anything he wears or carries, touches the net or its supports or moves the playing surface. A player's freehand touches the playing surface while the ball is in play.
    • Before the ball in play passes over the end lines or sidelines not having yet touched the playing surface on his side of the table, it comes in contact with the player or anything he wears or carries.
    • At anytime either player volleys.
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