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Table Tennis Rules

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tim gerg

tim gerg Asked 1 month ago

I know that the centerline is consider in, when serving in doubles, my question is about the overhang of the ball. When the ball hits the table, only a dot of the ball would actually touch the line, if the ball were to actually touch the table 1/4 inch from the centerline, the majority of the ball would overhang the line making it difficult to know if it made actual contact with the table or it was close. Should the overhang be considered or just the very small contact of the table and the ball?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Tim,

This is always difficult to tell with the Table Tennis ball.

If any part of the ball is over the line it is usually considered to be in.


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tim gerg

tim gerg Posted 1 month ago

It sounds like you are saying that the only part of the ball that actually contacts the line (only a dot) is technically in, but referees usually allow the overhang also? There comes a point though that the overhang is so little that it actually looks out. It seems like it actually ends up being open to a different interpretation of each referee and a spot for disagreement in recreational play. Sorry for the hair splitting question, don't mean to put you in a corner, but this comes up every game.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 month ago

Hi Tim,

It is actually impossible to tell accurately from the umpires view.  I don't see it happening too often in matches that the ball is on part of the line.



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