Table Tennis Rules

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Hoàng Trọng Tấn Hoàng

Hoàng Trọng Tấn Hoàng Asked 2 years ago


Can you explain to me about the yellow card and the red card and what is a penalty point?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 2 years ago

Hi Hoang,

Here is the relevant section in the Handbook.


3.5.2 Misbehaviour

  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.  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.  Except as provided in and, 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.

  4.  If a player against whom 3 penalty points have been awarded in the same individual match or team match continues to misbehave, the umpire shall suspend play and report immediately to the referee. 

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