Table Tennis Rules

Table Tennis Rules - ITTFTable tennis rules, or as formally known as ‘The laws of table tennis‘, are created by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), and reviewed annually. The rules used to be clearly laid out on the ITTF website, but since they updated the site completely, it’s now hard to find, and needs to be extracted from the ITTF Handbook, which is a pain as it’s a large PDF document.

For this reason, I’ve created these pages, which breaks the rules up into easy to read sections, making it a handy reference. I’ll update this section regularly, so that it’s always got the latest rules (although very little changes over time). There are further rules & regulations for International play, but these are in addition to the rules below, and don’t usually apply to mere mortals like us, as we don’t play under international conditions.

The table tennis rules below are broken up into an Equipment section, which covers all the equipment used in a game, and a Play section, which covers all the rules for actually playing the game. Some sections are combined into a single page as they quite short. Note that it starts at section 2.0, since section one is related to the ITTF constitution.
Just click on the relevant link for the section you’re interested in.

Table Tennis Rules 2018

 

Equipment

2.1 THE TABLE

2.2 THE NET ASSEMBLY

2.3 THE BALL

2.4 THE RACKET

 

PLAY

2.5 DEFINITIONS

2.6 THE SERVICE

2.7 THE RETURN

2.8 THE ORDER OF PLAY

2.9 A LETtable tennis rules poster

2.10 A POINT

2.11 A GAME

2.12 A MATCH

2.13 THE ORDER OF SERVING, RECEIVING AND ENDS

2.14 OUT OF ORDER OF SERVING, RECEIVING OR ENDS

2.15 THE EXPEDITE SYSTEM

 

OOAK Table Tennis Shop also provides an A3 table tennis rules poster, with the rules clearly laid out in plain English. This provides a neat option to print all the rules on a single page, which you can hang at your workplace, home or club as a handy reference. Click on the image (right) to open the PDF for printing.
Note that if you’re going to print is, it comes out best on an A3 sheet of paper.