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Table Tennis

Overview & Examples

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth with rackets or paddles. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, players must allow a ball played toward them only one bounce on their side of the table and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side. This game can be played inside or outside. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules.

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Traditional Formats

Table Tennis is traditionally offered in singles and doubles formats. Co-rec distinctions are generally not made for table tennis. Matches usually consist of a best-of-five sets, with each set being played to a determined score (usually 11 or 21).


Table tennis is generally self-officiated during intramural play. A supervisor or official may be present to record scores, check-in participants, and answer potential questions.


Table tennis rules for intramural programs are usually adopted from rules set forth by USA Table Tennis (USATT). Rules are generally modified to fit the needs of individual intramural programs.

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