Ping Pong is a game of discipline and speed. What holds these two are the rules. There was a time when some fun seeking Victorians accidentally invented this game of Ping Pong, when, even this game didn’t even have any name. It travelled through time to reach the present day when it has been equipped with everything that it needs, from patents to rules. One needs to be fully trained in the tricks and drunk on the rules in order to set foot into a serious Ping Pong game, or, if it’s a recreational step or a hobby that you want to try out; either way, Ping Pong Beast is the right place for you. Amateur or professional, this page has something for everyone.
Points- 21 or 11?
Up until 2001, Ping Pong was played up to 21 points. But later, to make it more exciting and more critical, and to have more “crucial” points…basically, to make the game more appealing to TV viewers, the rules have been changed.
Now its 11 points that a game of Ping Pong is played for. The winner, thus, is either the player or the pair that first scores 11 points, unless there’s a situation that both the players or both the pairs score 10 points (called deuce). In that case the game would be in the favor of the first player or the pair to gain a two-point lead.
How To Start?
Before beginning, you always need to decide on who’s going to start the game. Officially the serve is decided by a toss or a lot. But, on lower levels, one player or the umpire would hide the ball in one of his hands and then hide both the hands under the table. He then asks the opponent or the players to guess which hand the ball is in. This decides on who’s going to play first.
Even though the winner of the toss usually serves first, they also have the opportunity to choose-
If the toss winner chooses the side of the table, the opponent has the chance to choose to serve first or let the opponent do so.
If the toss winner chooses the serve, the opponent can then choose the side of the table he/she would like to play from.
Ping Pong Serving Rules:
The serving rules have been made and remade a number of times ever since it first came into existence. However, the service rules still remain simple and easy to understand. But, this again, doesn’t mean the game is easy. The easier the rules are, the trickier the game becomes.
You can check more on the ‘serves’ and their specifications in ‘How to serve in Ping Pong like an expert?’
Returning The Serve:
In a game of doubles, Ping Pong again offers 2 serves to the player. The service alternates after two points between sides, like in single, only here, it also alternates between the partners.
How To Score & What Not To Do:
In order to be the winner, you need to keep the ball into action more than your opponent, and also, keep following the basic rules and grips to be a pro in it.
Getting good in a game involves knowing what no to do, i.e, knowing about doing what can make you lose points. You can miss a point if:
A sport isn’t a sport until all the rules for it are followed. If it’s just a hobby you have recently acquired or it’s something you’re very passionate about, either way you need to have a good understanding of the regulations, only then can you be called a good player. Keep following Ping Pong Beast to keep getting knowledge about your favorite game.