Yellow cards and red cards in table tennis

Table Tennis Rules

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 3 weeks ago

On which situations will there be yellow cards and cards involved?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 weeks ago

Hi Jasper,

The ITTF rules cover this well.  There is more than I have copied below.  You can find it in the document ITTF Handbook 2021.

3.5.2 Misbehaviour

  1. 3.5.2.1  Players and coaches or other advisers shall refrain from behaviour that may unfairly affect an opponent, offend spectators or bring the sport into disrepute, such as abusive language, deliberately breaking the ball or hitting it out of the playing area, kicking the table or surrounds and disrespect of match officials.

  2. 3.5.2.2  If at any time a player, a coach or another adviser commits a serious offence the umpire shall suspend play and report immediately to the referee; for less serious offences the umpire may, on the first occasion, hold up a yellow card and warn the offender that any further offence is liable to incur penalties.

  3. 3.5.2.3  Except as provided in 3.5.2.2 and 3.5.2.5, if a player who has been warned commits a second offence in the same individual match or team match, the umpire shall award 1 point to the offender's opponent and for a further offence he or she shall award 2 points, each time holding up a yellow and a red card together.


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