Learn the basic table tennis rules. Commonly known as ping pong, this fun indoor sport can be fast-paced and challenging, or the equipment and rules can be modified to slow the game down.
See more about the ping pong table, equipment, order of play, length of game, serving, and change of service.
The ball must be hit directly over the net and touch the opponent's court. If the ball touches the net or its supports and lands in fair territory, it's a good return.
The ball may not bounce twice before returning it.
Volleying – Hitting the ball before it has touched the table on the Receiver's side of the court is not allowed, and the Receiver loses a point.
The ball is considered out of play if it touches any object other than the net, supports, playing surface, racket, or racket hand below the wrist.
A strike is good if:
A strike is NOT good if:
A player scores a point when his opponent:
Let – A let is a rally that results in no points being scored. It occurs when:
Sometimes table tennis can be frustrating for little ones or beginners who have a hard time tracking and hitting the ball. There are some easy modifications you can make to the rules of table tennis so that it's more fun for everyone. There are also some that provide fun challenges:
Jumbo ping pong balls
You can get ping pong table top courts that lay on top of any table or other type of surface.
I got one of these portable table tennis sets for Christmas. We set up a court in the hallway and played right on the floor.
If you are alone, push the table up next to a wall and hit the ball off the wall. Or even better, get a tennis table that folds in half. We had a table like this when I was a kid, and I spent hours hitting by myself.