The Rules

Emma Rose
Updated Aug 17, 2017

Gameplay Rules

Normal Table Tennis rules apply. See below for further details. Note, if you wish to assign an umpire for you game you can ask someone impartial to the match (but is familiar with table tennis rules). However feel free to play your games without, and be as honest as possible.

Serving Rules

Resting position: Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server’s stationary free hand.

Projection: The server shall then project the ball near vertically upwards, without imparting spin, so that it rises at least 16cm after leaving the palm of the free hand and then falls without touching anything before being struck.

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

Visibility: 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 doubles partner or by anything they wear or carry.

Free arm: As soon as the ball has been projected, the server’s free arm and hand shall be removed from the area between the ball and the net.

Games should be played to 11. Best out of 3.

Scheduling Rules

Where possible games should be played on the dates shown in the schedule.

Games are scheduled in from 12.30 until 13.15 daily. This should mean that people wishing to play over lunch still get time to play either side of these times.

You are in charge of organising your own games. If you can't make the game for whatever reason, you need to reschedule with your opponent as soon as possible. If you don't show up to a game the game is forfeit, and your opponent automatically advances.