Table Tennis Rules
When serving, hold the table tennis ball in the palm of your hand and throw it straight up in the air with no spin. According to USA Table Tennis, the ball should rise at least 16cm above your palm when throwing it into the air. This allows your opponent to properly see the ball during your serve. Hit the ball with your paddle so that it bounces on your side of the table, goes over the net without hitting the net, and hits the opposite side of the table. If the ball does not hit your side or your opponent’s side of the table during service, a point is awarded to your opponent. If the ball touches the net during service it is ruled a let, which means no point is awarded to either player. The side/player who serves changes every two points. If the two sides are tied at 10 points, service switches after each point.
Once the ball is in play, the opposing players hit the ball back and forth until a point is awarded. Each player must hit the ball over the net so that the ball touches the opponent’s side of the table. Play continues if the ball touches the net at any point of the rally. When playing a doubles match, one player serves the ball and one of his opponents returns the ball. The partner of the server must then return the ball over the net. You must alternate players hitting the ball in this manner until a point is awarded. No player can hit the ball twice in a row.