Table Tennis is an incredibly fun game, and can be a great way to teach eye-hand coordination, strategy and teamwork. The below videos make teaching table tennis easy by teaching your students how to play the correct way. The videos offer rules on how to serve and basic gameplay for singles and doubles.
While there are many different types of serves in Table Tennis, there are some basic guidelines that you must follow. The serve must start with the ball resting freely in an open palm, and must be tossed up at least 6 inches before making contact with the paddle. The ball must always be visible to the opponent during the entire serve. In singles, a serve can go anywhere on the table. The centerline is there for doubles play. Watch the video above for a visual demonstration.
Table Tennis Gameplay
An official game of Table Tennis starts with a coin flip where players can elect to serve, return or decide which side of the table to start on. A match is played best of an odd number agreed upon ahead of time, either 3, 5, 7 or 9. Each game is played up to 11 points, win by two. Each player serves two points until one player scores 11 points and has won by 2. If the score is tied 10-10 then each server only serves one point until one of the players wins by 2. Watch the video above for more detail!
Table Tennis Doubles
In Doubles, all of the basic serving and gameplay rules apply, however, there are slight variations. A server must serve the ball diagonally to the opponent and if the ball does not clear the line, the ball is considered out and the point is lost. Lines are in. The ball is also always served on the right side of the table. After the serve, players must alternate hitting the ball. If a player hits the ball out of order, their team loses the point. Play continues until one team scores 11 points, win by two. Matches are played best of 3, 5, 7 or 9 games. Watch the video above for a visual explanation!
Teach your class the correct way to play Table Tennis! Gopher offers a wide selection of table tennis tables, paddles, and balls, including 12- and 24-player equipment packs, or build your own table with the AlterNet Table Tennis Barriers – a great option for playing table tennis anywhere! If you have any tips for teaching table tennis in physical education, please leave them in the comments below.