Ahh, the sweet smell of INTENSITY. Although table tennis, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it is a viciously, aggressive sport. Practiced in recreational centers worldwide, and also in huge gymnasiums in the Olympics, ping pong has been around for centuries.
Basic rules for basic players. Ping pong is played like tennis. Here’s a quick run down of the rules. You play to 11. You have to win by 2 points. Points are achieved when a player misses the ball or hits it out of bounds. When serving it has to hit both sides of the table. A serve that hits the net before the other side is called a fault. You get 2 faults, and then you switch servers. Server switches every 5 points. That’s it.
SIMPLE SAFETY. There are seriously no rules for safety equipment, like goggles, helmets, or chest protectors. All equipment used is preferred by the player, and the only one that can object is the referee. The referee can be called the umpire, or the line judge.
PROTECT YOURSELF. As a master ping pong player, I suggest the use of safety equipment. Many head shots have occurred in the past, although they were hit miraculously hard, there have been no fatalities… yet. I think that players should be obligated to wear at least a helmet, similar to the ones in Fencing.
IT’S BETTER WITH PROTECTION. Alongside the fencing helmets, appropriate pads should be worn. Primarily elbow pads, and knee pads. Casualties from heroic dives, and game changing jumps can easily be avoided with moderate padding.
DANGER is my middle name. Serious injury can be easily avoided with minor safety precautions. In addition to equipment, there shouldn’t be water or other liquids in the field of play, this leads to slipping. Also, it’s understandable that you can rage, and start throwing things. Please refrain and don’t put yourself or others in danger. Make sure you stretch before games. Lastly, mind the weather conditions, and wear appropriate shoes.
That’s about it… Ping pong should have proper safety regulations, and hopefully the useful applying of pads, and helmets, will limit future injuries. So remember everyone, you don’t have to be a hero, but with elbow pads you can, and everyone will look up to you for all eternity. Any questions???