Table Tennis Rules
New Rules for 2001
The amended versions of the laws and regulations affected by the AGM
decision to adopt the 11 point scoring system are shown below, with the
changes underlined. These laws and regulations came into effect on 1 September
2.11 A Game
2.11.1 A game shall be won by the player or pair first scoring 11 points
unless both players or pairs score 10 points, when the game shall be won
by the first player or pair subsequently gaining a lead of 2 points.
2.12 A Match
2.12.1 A match shall consist of the best of any odd number of games.
2.13 The Order of Serving, Receiving and Ends
2.13.3 After each 2 points have been scored the receiving player or pair
shall become the serving player or pair and so on until the end of the
game, unless both players or pairs score 10 points or the expedite system
is in operation, when the sequence of serving and receiving shall be the
same but each player shall serve for only 1 point in turn.
2.13.6 The player or pair serving first in a game shall receive first
in the next game of the match, and in the last possible game of a doubles
match the pair due to receive next shall change their order of receiving
when first one pair scores 5 points.
2.13.7 The player or pair starting at one end in a game shall start at
the other end in the next game of the match and in the last possible game
of a match the players or pairs shall change ends when first one player
or pair scores 5 points.
2.15 The Expedite System
2.15.1 Except where both players or pairs have scored at least 9 points,
the expedite system shall come into operation if a game is unfinished
after 10 minutes' play or at any earlier time at the request of both players
2.15.3 If the expedite system is introduced, or if a game lasts longer
than 10 minutes, all subsequent games of the match shall be played under
the expedite system.
18.104.22.168 Play shall be continuous throughout a match except that any player
is entitled to
22.214.171.124.1 an interval of up to 1 minute between successive games of a
126.96.36.199.2 brief intervals for towelling after every 6 points from the
start of each game and at the change of ends in the last possible game
of a match.