Welcome to PingSkills lessons, we are here
to talk about some of the rules. On our website you will be able to download some of the important
rules and we are going to through a few of the common questions for you now.
We are going to play some points now and just give you an idea of how you can win a point
in table tennis. So there is a few main ways, If Jeff and I are playing a rally we start
with a serve and Jeff has to hit the ball over onto my side straight after that.
Very good. If Jeff hits the ball and I don’t let it bounce
then that’s Jeff’s point straight away. There is no volleying in table tennis. Another way
that Jeff could win the point is if I hit the ball and it doesn’t land on the table.
Or if I hit the ball and it goes into the net. So the basic rule in table tennis is
really simple, I’ve got to hit the ball onto Jeff’s side, when Jeff hits it onto my side
I left it bounce once and then hit it back onto his side.
The only tricky rule in table tennis is the one about volleying it after it goes of the
end of the table. So if you just remember this rule, if Jeff hit’s the ball and it goes
out past the table it’s my point. Even if I hit the ball on the full once it has gone
past the table. So that’s my point because the ball is already out.
Okay so what happens if the ball hits the net? So if the ball hits the net and goes
over during play, so we’ve hit a few shots, so Jeff and I are playing a rally the balls
bounced a few times I hit it and it hits the net and goes over, that’s in play and Jeff
needs to try and get that ball. However if that ball hits the net and goes
over on a serve, So I served it Hits my side and touches the net and goes over that’s a
let and that when we stop and replay the point. Okay so when your serving and that happens
how many lets can you get in a row before it’s a fault. You never ever lose the point
for serving a let so even if I serve 28 lets in a row that still a let and we still need
to replay the point. Excellent
When we are playing a match what are the basic rules like what score do we play to. Now we
play games up to 11 points. And we take it in turns we have two serves each at a time.
So Jeff would serve for the first two points I serve for the next two points, and so on
until someone wins the game. the only variation on that is if the score gets to ten points
each, so Jeff was ten and I’m ten then we alternate serves one serve at a time until
someone gets two points ahead. Okay Alois another question that we get regularly
is what size bat is legal in table tennis. Most players use a bat around this big, however
you are allowed to use any size bat that you like. If you want you can use a bat this big,
good luck because it takes a bit of hitting but you are also allowed to use a bat this
big or even bigger. the reason the players don’t use a bat this big is because this gets
way to heavy and it’s way to hard to move around quickly.
One common question is, is the ball in or out if the ball hits the side of the table.It’s
out so the table has to hit the top of the table to be in. Anywhere on the top of the
table is in even if it just snicks the edge of the table it’s in but if the ball hits
on the side of the table down here that out. The only time that’s really happened is if
it’s hit from outside the line of the table. Okay from a wide angle. So if they play the
ball from right out here then it has a chance of hitting the side. Otherwise if it hits
the table its mostly likely going to be in. Another question people have is when their
playing are they allowed to touch the table, or are they allowed to lean on the table.
What are the rules about that? the only part of your body that isn’t allowed
to touch the table is your free hand so I’m a left hander so I”m not allowed to touch
the table with my right hand. If I do that that’s jeff’s point. but I’m allowed to put
my body against the table that’s fine as long as you don’t move the table at all. So if
I do that and move the table even a little bit that’s Jeff’s point.
So as long as you don’t move it and keep your free hand of the table.
Another question is how many faults are you allowed before you lose the point, as soon
as you make a mistake with your serve you lose the point. You don’t get a double fault
like you do in tennis perhaps any mistake with your serve is the other persons point.
We might just go through the rules of doubles now Jeff because people often get a bit confused
about who serves and where you serve to. So in doubles there are three extra rules. First
rule is you have to take it in turns to hit. So if I hit the ball first I have to get out
of the way and Jeff has to hit the next one. So that’s rule number one always take it in
turns. The second rule is about serving you always serve from your right hand box diagonally
to your opponents right hand box. You never ever serve from the left hand box in doubles
so its always from the right hand box. That’s rule number two. The third rule is related
to when you need to swap over so I serve my two serves to you don’t forget that both my
serves go to you so one doesn’t go to you and one to your partner. I serve both my serves
to you. After I finish my two serves to you Jeff and I swap, so the only time you swap
positions is after your team finishes your two serves. After we serve then its your turn
to serve and you would serve two serves to Jeff. After you and your partner have finished
your to serves you would swap over and Jeff’s turn to serve. So the serving order is that
I would serve two serves to you, you would serve two serves to Jeff, Jeff would serve
to to your partner, and then your partner would serve two to me. And that pattern is
repeated until the end of the game. If you have enjoyed our lessons then you decide how
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