Southeast Missouri State University

Table Tennis

General Rules

  • Officials:  There will be no officials for table tennis. All table tennis matches will be self-officiated. It is suggested that any disagreement be determined by a replay of point.
  • Balls/Paddles: Paddles and/or balls may be checked out fom the Rec Center Operations Center. 
  • Game Play: A match will be consist of the best of three (3) games.  Scores should be reported to the IM Sports Supervisor after their match has been completed.

Game Rules

  • Scoring: A game shall be won by the player who first wins 21 points unless both players shall have scored 20 points.  The winner of the game shall then be the player who first wins two points more than their opponent.
  • Service:The ball shall be placed on the palm of the free hand, which must be stationary and above the level of the playing surface. Service shall commence by the server projecting the ball by hand only, without imparting spin and nearly vertically upward.  As the ball is descending, it shall be struck so that it touches first the server's court and then passes directly over or around the net and touches the receiver's court.  If, in attempting to serve, the server misses the ball altogether it is a lost point.
  • Ball in Play: The ball is in play from the moment at which it is projected from the hand in service until:
  1. it has touched one court twice consecutively,
  2. it has, except in service, touched each court alternately without having been struck by the racket intermediately;
  3. it has been struck by any player more than once consecutively;
  4. it has touched any player or anything that is worn or carried except the racket or racket hand below the wrist.
  5. on the volley it comes in contact with the racket or racket hand below the wrist.
  6. it touches any object other than the net or supports.
  • The Order of Service: After five points the receiver shall become the server, and the server the receiver, and so on after each five points until the end of the game or the score 20-all. From the score 20-all the service shall change after each point until the end of the game.  The player who served first in a game shall be receiver first in the subsequent game and so on until the end of the match.
  • A Let
    1. If the ball served, in passing over the net, touches it or its supports and is otherwise good, a let is declared and the point is re-played.
    2. A let is declared if the receiver is not ready to return the service and makes no attempt to strike at the ball.
    3. The rally is a let if the ball becomes split or otherwise fractured in play. 
  • A point is scored by the opponents if:
    1. A server fails to make a good service.
    2. A player fails to make a good return when it is his (her) turn to do so.
    3. A player, his racket, or anything he wears or carries, touches the net or its supports or moves the playing surface.
    4. A player's freehand touches the playing surface while the ball is in play.
    5. Before the ball in play passes over the end lines or sidelines not having yet touched the playing surface on his side of the table, it comes in contact with the player or anything he wears or carries.
    6. At anytime either player volleys the ball.

    Summer Facility Hours (May 18 - Aug. 20)

    Monday - Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m.

    Monday - Friday: 5:30 - 7:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 4 - 7 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

    Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    *All facilities will be closed May 26 & July 4.