To be the first team to score 21 points.
Played in singles or doubles
Toss the ball vertically from a flat open palm without putting a spin on it.
Ball must be hit from BEHIND the server’s end line.
Ball must hit the server’s court FIRST.
Serve until 5 points are scored.
“Let” serve occurs when the ball:
Touches the net and passes over.
Is delivered and the receiver is not ready.
Cannot be returned because of interference.
When serving in singles play, the ball may be served anywhere.
When serving in doubles play:
Service is made to the diagonal court from the right side of the table.
All serves must touch the receiver’s right half court. Liners are good.
The team serving the ball first, decides which partner is to serve and the
opponents decide which is to receive.
At the end of each 5 points, the one who has been receiving becomes the
server and the partner of the previous server becomes the receiver.
Partners must alternate hitting the ball until a point is awarded.
A game consists of 21 points and must be won by 2.
A point is awarded each serve.
A player loses a point is he/she:
Fails to make a good serve except in the case of a “let”
Touches the table with the free hand during play
Moves the playing surface.
Hits the ball before it touches his/her side.
Hits the ball twice consecutively.
Fails to hit the ball to the other side.
Winning the Game:
Either team can win the game by reaching a score of 21 first. The winning team must
win by at least 2 points. If one team scores 21, but is not at least 2 points ahead of the
other team, play resumes until one team wins by 2.