Expedite System

Table Tennis Rules

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JoeMarie Buela

JoeMarie Buela Asked 10 years ago

Hi Alois

Can you explain what is this expedite system?

Currently, I am watching some match regarding this system. But i just cant get what is happening in the game. There are times that the rally will stop and the point goes to a certain player. 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 10 years ago

Hi JoeMarie,

The expedite system comes into play when a game goes longer than 10 minutes unless the score in the game is 9 all or 10 - 8.

When the expedite system comes in players take it in turn to serve.  If the receive in any point returns 13 shots then they automatically win the point.  It is brought in to speed up matches that are going too long.

Take a look at the ITTF rule.

2.15.01  Except as provided in 2.15.2, the expedite system shall come into operation after 10 minutes' play in a game or at any time requested by both players or pairs. 
2.15.02  The expedite system shall not be introduced in a game if at least 18 points have been scored. 
2.15.03  If the ball is in play when the time limit is reached and the expedite system is due to come into operation, play shall be interrupted by the umpire and shall resume with service by the player who served in the rally that was interrupted; If the ball is not in play when the expedite system comes into operation, play shall resume with service by the player who received in the immediately preceding rally.  
2.15.04  Thereafter, each player shall serve for 1 point in turn until the end of the game, and if the receiving player or pair makes 13 correct returns in a rally the receiver shall score a point. 
2.15.05  Introduction of the expedite system shall not alter the order of serving and receiving in the match, as defined in 2.13.6. 
2.15.06  Once introduced, the expedite system shall remain in operation until the end of the match. 

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 10 months ago

I heard there was a point that lasted 2 hours and 12 minutes in the 1936 WTTC! That's longer than any modern pro matches. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 10 months ago

Yes Points did last a long time before. 

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