Ping pong is one of the favorite pass times in America. The game originates from the times of Victorian England. During these times, the game was the preserve of the bourgeoise society and would be played as a fun way to pass time after dinner. It attained the name “ping-pong” well before J. Jaques & Sons Ltd who popularized its way back in 1901.
Ping pong is a game that can be played by players of all ages since it does not require much movement if played at the amateur level. At the pro level, however, the game gets more competitive and things get much more interesting as players are forced to move faster and further from the table.
Learning the game takes only minutes, yet mastering it may take much more time. The professionals of the game are always learning new techniques of playing every day and coming up with new ways of making the game more and more competitive.
To play the game for fun you may need to learn some basic rules to do with scoring and offenses. Once you are acquainted with the basic rules, then you can go ahead and enjoy a game of ping pong.
In this piece, we shall touch on the basic rules focusing mainly on rules to do with the net. These are instructions that the pros have learned by heart and amateurs should master if they are to improve their technique for the game.
The equipment used
The game is played using paddles that should have a black and red side. The ball size is set at 40 mm, and it should be orange or white in color. Table size is set at 2.74 meters length by 1.525 meters width and rise for 0.76 meters.
These are the very basics that must be fulfilled for a basic game of ping pong. Rule changes in 2015 laid new stipulations for ball color so that balls have a matte finish with the choice of color for the ball mad according to the color of the table.
The flow for a typical match of ping pong
Players are allowed two serves in a row before serving switches to the other player. This goes on until one of the players attains a winning score. In the event that the score reaches 10-10, players are only allowed to serve once before serving duties are shifted to the other player. Players have to switch sides at the table after each game. In the final game – the fifth game-players change sides when one of the players reaches a score of five.
The net is not just a divider that separates the playing field for players. There are rules to do with the net that can get you penalized. To begin with, the net is specified as the divider which separates the table into two equal parts. The net should run in a vertical position in terms of the end lines.
Typically, the net consists of the suspension to hold it in place, posts to support it and the clamps used to attach to the table. The suspension is by a cord that is tied to the supporting posts, which should be 15.25 cm (6 inches) in height. The posts should have an outside limit of 15.25 cm from the outer sidelines of the table.
There is a stipulation for the height the net rises above the playing surface and this set at 15.25 cm (6 inches). The bottom of the net should be as close to the surface of the table as possible with the ends tied as close to the posts erected to support it.
These stipulations are there to make the strokes much harder to pull off for singles and doubles games. The ball is prevented from going below the net and counting as a score.
The rule book is much more extensive and covers more information concerning other aspects of the game. Players who seek to learn the game are always advised to improve on their hand-eye coordination. The game becomes more interesting if you can make your opponent reach further for the ball to set up the killer stroke that wins points. Professional players have been known to use this simple coordination test to set up some of the most exciting matches in tournament competitions.