Table Tennis Rules


A game shall be won by the player or pair first scoring 11 points unless both players or pairs score 10 points, when the game shall be won by the first player or pair subsequently gaining a lead of 2 points.


A match shall consist of the best of any odd number of games.


The rally shall be a let:

  • If in service the ball touches the net assembly, provided the service is otherwise correct or the ball is obstructed by the receiver or his or her partner;

  • if the receiver is in wheelchair owing to a physical disability and in service the ball, provided that the service is otherwise correct,

  • after touching the receiver’s court returns in the direction of the net;
  • comes to rest on the receiver's court;
  • in singles leaves the receiver’s court after touching it by either of its sidelines.

Object of the Game

The object of the game is to use a racket to hit the ball over the net onto the opponent’s side. A point is won if the other player fails to return it.

The full rules can be found on the latest International Table Tennis Federation at the link here


Table Tennis Equipment


The table is 2.74 metres long, 1.525 metres wide and 76 centimetres high. The playing surface may be of any material but is usually made from wood or synthetic materials.

Wheelchair friendly tables should have table legs at least 40 cm from the end line of the table for players competing in a wheelchair.


The net is 15.25 centimetres high and extends along the width of the centre of the table, dividing it into two equal parts.


The ball is spherical and has a 40mm diameter and weighs 2.7 grams. It is made of celluloid or of similar plastic material and is coloured white or orange, and matt.


The racket may be of any size, shape or weight but the blade shall be flat and rigid. The surface of the covering material on a side of the blade, shall be matt, bright red on one side and black on the other.