Rules of Play
1. The ball must be held in an open palm, visible above the table, and throw straight up at least 6 inches (the height of the net) to begin a serve.
2. The only requirement in serve placement in singles is that the ball bounce once on your own side, then hit the side of your opponent. In doubles play, the ball must bounce once on your own side, then hit the quadrant diagonal to you.
3. The server must make contact with the ball behind the back line of his own side.
A player wins a point when:
1. His opponent’s serve is missed.
2. His opponent fails to make a good return on his serve.
3. A ball struck by his opponent fails to make contact with his own side, either directly or off the net.
4. An opponent touches the playing surface with a part of his body or something on his person besides the paddle.
1. In the event of external interference call a let and stop the point. Redo the serve.
2. When your serve makes contact with the net but proceeds to your opponents side, call a let and stop the point. Redo the serve.
Understand and follow these guidelines before you commence play.
Guidelines of Table Tennis at Regis Center for Art
-Paddle and balls are available at equipment checkout in exchange for your University ID (or other form of suitable collateral).
-Table must be folded upright and stowed after every use and whenever not in use.
-Remove net before table is folded. Follow the illustrated diagram affixed to underside of the table for instructions on folding and stowing (a two person job!)
-Be aware and respectful of your surroundings (i.e. halt play by calling a let when people are anywhere near the table, don’t disturb classes)
-Treat equipment well. Do not throw your paddle or hit it against the table and avoid hitting objects while moving the table, be very careful of the surface of the table. Use care when installing/de-installing the net.
-Approach table tennis as an extension of your artistic practice: with sincerity, with dedication, humility and the earnest desire to master a craft. Remember that you are performing in a public space in addition to playing and exercising your mind and body.