Changing bats

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 7 years ago

Daniel Nevin

Daniel Nevin Asked 7 years ago


Can one change bats during a tournament? If so, how often? I would think not in the middle of a single game, but I have no idea.

Sorry if this has been covered; I will try the search function next time.



Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Dan,

You are not allowed to change your bat during a match against an opponent.  However, if you have finished a match and are ready to play a new opponent you can use a different bat for the new opponent.

The only time you are allowed to change bats during a match is if you damage it accidentally.

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STAN HARDING Posted 7 years ago


Bad language, loud self berating.  What is acceptable and what action should the umpire take/


He has three cards white ,yellow and red what are they used for and when/


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 7 years ago

Hi Stan,

The white card is just for a time out.

If a player commits an offence like shouting or swearing they will usually get a Yellow card which is a warning.

The yellow card is a warning.  If they award a point after a second offence they hold up the yellow and red cards together.  If the coach or adviser commits an offence the umpire can hold up a red card and send them away from the area.  If players commit  offences the referee can be called and he can dismiss the player and hold up the red card.

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