Rules of table tennis (Laws)

The rules in this page aim to give a basic indication of competitive table tennis in England.

This section is correct as of May 27, 2020

The aim of the game is simple; hit the ball over the net onto your opponent’s side. A point is won by you if your opponent is unable to return the ball to your side of the table (e.g. they miss the ball, they hit the ball but it misses your side of the table, or the ball hits the net), or if they hit the ball before it bounces on their side of the table.

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The Laws of Table Tennis

Table Tennis England’s Articles provide that (unless otherwise decided by special resolution at a general meeting) the Laws of Table Tennis in England shall be those laid down by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Regulations for Competitive Table Tennis

In addition to the Laws, ITTF publishes Regulations for International Competitions and Table Tennis England has produced the Competitive Table Tennis Regulations for national and local competitions.

The Competitive Table Tennis Regulations are based largely on the international regulations and incorporate many of them by reference. They vary according to the grade of the competition. The organisers of a competition state its grade and any deviations from the standard regulations on the entry form. The Competitive Table Tennis Regulations designate certain of the international regulations concerning the racket and the ball as National By-Laws and these are mandatory for all competitive table tennis in England.



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Laws 2019-20

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A) Competitive Table Tennis

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AC) Anti-corruption regulations

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B) Tournaments

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C) County Administration

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D) Disciplinary Regulations

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E) Right of Appeal

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F) English Leagues Cup Competitions

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H) Coaching

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I) Election of Directors

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J) Affiliation & Registration

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K) County Championships

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LG) British League General Regulations

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LJ) British League Regulations - Junior League

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LS) British League Regulations - Senior League

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SBL further change in respect of ranking

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LV) Veterans' British League Regulations

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LW) Women's British League Regulations

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M) Good Standing

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P) Anti-Doping

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Q) Register of Business Interests

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