Rules of Table Tennis


The server should toss the ball upwards at least 6 inches and hit the ball on the way down (This rule may be ignored for casual games). The ball must hit the server's side of the table once, and then bounce over the net to land on the receiver's side of the table. Serves should also be made from behind the server's line.

If the ball hits the net and then lands on the receiver's side, it is considered a 'let' and the serve should be redone; nobody gains a point.

If the server fails to hit the ball, or the ball does not bounce on their side and then their opponent's side, the point is given to the receiver.

  • For more casual games, missing the ball may allow for a redo of the serve.


Once the ball lands on the receiver's side of the table, they must hit the ball so that it lands on the opponent's side of the table. The receiver may not hit the ball onto their side, it must hit the receiver's paddle and then hit the opponent's side.


Players are not allowed to 'volley' the ball. The ball must hit their side of the table before they can hit the ball. Doing so results in a point for the opponent, unless the ball is hit after flying out of the table.


Double serves should be served from the right side, and hit towards the opposing team's right side (including the center line). After two serves, the team members switch sides. Each member should alternate hitting the ball during the play.

Game Point Serving

When one player reaches game point, the serving does not change. Players can serve when they are at game point. However, in a deuce (10 - 10), each player gets 1 serve, alternating until there is a 2 point advantage.

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