One of the fastest moving sports, demanding possibly the quickest reactions, Ping Pong is among the most loved games in the world. It requires two or four players, some minimum tools, and loads n’ loads of adrenaline rush. It’s an exciting sport often played for recreational purposes, but when played on a professional level, the game is a sight to behold. The best way possible to witness this sport in its finest form is to watch it being played at the Olympics.
Very much similar to lawn tennis, Ping Pong is rather played on a flat table divided into two equal parts (courts) by a net fastened across its width at the center. The core objective is to hit the ball in a way that it goes over the net and bounces straight on the opponent’s half in a way that the opponent is not able to reach or return it correctly. This lightweight hollow ball is hit back and forth across the central net by little rackets (paddles or bats) held by the players.
To the Origin of Ping Pong:
Ping Pong came into existence in 1880 when the lawn tennis players thought of giving the game a twist and shifting it to the indoors to be safe from the chilling winters.
Even though the game got its birth in the 1880s, it became popular only after the 1900s when a number of tournaments for it was held with more than 300 participants.
This very popular sport stands at the 6th position in the most famous sports list with a fan following of around 850 million.
The Name- Ping Pong:
Ever wondered how a sound could be an inspiration for a name?
Of the many confusions in the world, one is right here with the game. After it came into existence the game got many names- Ping Pong, Ping Pang, Whiff-Whaff (onomatopoeia into play), and the most popular one – Table Tennis.
Whether or not Ping Pong and Table Tennis are the same is a whole other topic of discussion which we can enter into some other day.
So, the name…
As mentioned earlier, the game popped up as the Victorians pulled in tennis into the confinement of a room. It was initially played with books arranged at the center where we have nets today, and cigar box lids were used to hit the ball on the counterpart of the able.
It was named Whiff-Whaff at the beginning for the sound this ball made as it hit the book that was used as a racket.
In 1990, then a Whiff-Whaff player brought a celluloid ball and the name of the game was changed to Ping-Pong followed by the sound it made. John Jacques from England registered the name Ping-Pong soon after that.
Later some other players began calling it Table-Tennis. To smash down all the confusion ITTF (about which we would be talking soon) then separated the commercial Ping-Pong from Table Tennis, the sport.
Regulations and Requirements:
First things first, before hopping into a game you must know about the functioning of Ping Pong.
Almost all the well-known sports have an official body to regulate the rules of it. Beginning from how to mark when a score is done to the standards of the gears (used in the sport), and to the dimensions and materials that are to be followed for courts and tables.
Service change in Doubles is as follows:
At the beginning of a game, the serving team would decide upon which player will be serving first. The first player that serves is A1 and;
A1 serves towards B1 (2 services)
B1 then serves towards A2 (2 services)
A2 then serves towards B2 (2 services)
B2 serves towards A1 (2 services)
As per the rules the ping pong table needs to follow the below mentioned dimensions in length X Width X Height. You’ll see the tables in these dimensions in schools, clubs, and bars. Also, the Olympics and other national or international events need to keep into consideration these dimensions to have their Ping Pong table ready for the game.
2.74m x 1.525m x 0.76m
9 ft x 5 ft x 2.5 ft
108″ x 60″ x 30″
274cm x 152.5cm x 76cm
Official Table Parameters:
Apart from the dimensions, the ITTF has also formulated certain parameters which again has to be followed when designing a table for an official Ping Pong game.
Official Table Making:
Space Around The Ping Pong Table:
Every sport requires a minimum cleared space for the players to hop around easily. If it’s too congested the players won’t be able to play properly. Hence, ITTF decided upon the formulation of a minimum clearance space around the Ping Pong Table.
It’s pretty much all about the official size and parameters of Ping Pong. There’s a lot more to know. Stay tuned to the website and keep getting interesting updates on your favorite game.