Table tennis

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Table tennis

  1. 1. Table tennis is a great recreational game that is popularall over the world. It is commonly referred to as ping-pong, but it is also a sport played with paddles (officiallycalled bats) and a small plastic ball. The rules of the gamerequire play to start with a serve and the receiver must hitthe ball back over the net so that it hits the other side ofthe table.
  2. 2. The ServeThe table tennis ball is put into play when one player serves theball to his opponent. On a successful serve, the player will tossthe ball into the air and hit the ball with either a forehand orbackhand stroke so that it strikes the table before it reaches thenet, goes over the net and then hits the opponents side of the net.After this happens, the other player may return the ball and a rallymay develop. The return must go over the net and strike theopponents side of the net only. The play goes on in this manneruntil one player cannot return a shot successfully.
  3. 3. Game FormatGames are played to 11 or 21 points. Most games go to 21 points.A match is usually determined by the player who can win threegames in a best-of-five match up. In each game, whoever servesfirst will serve for the first five points of the game. Then the otherplayer will serve the next five points. Serves will alternate in thismanner until the game is complete. Whoever served last in theprevious game will receive serve first in the next game. All gamesmust be decided by a margin of two points.
  4. 4. Overtime RulesIf a game is tied 20-20 (or 10-10), players will alternate servesafter each point. The server will serve one point and thereceiver will serve the next point. If the server of the first pointafter the score is tied wins that point and the next, he wins thematch. In order to win a tied match, one player will have to wintwo consecutive points after the score is tied.
  5. 5. Overtime RulesIf a game is tied 20-20 (or 10-10), players will alternate servesafter each point. The server will serve one point and thereceiver will serve the next point. If the server of the first pointafter the score is tied wins that point and the next, he wins thematch. In order to win a tied match, one player will have to wintwo consecutive points after the score is tied.

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