Is 10 years too young to start playing TT

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young player

young player Asked 11 years ago

My son is just 10 and quite interested in learning TT. And his dream is of becoming a world champ !!! (not sure if its tool early for him to say this). He is prepared to do anything to be a master and hold the trophy !! My full support is with him, and am confident he will do it one day !!!! But dont know where to start. Should I buy a TT table for him first ? or 10 years is too young for him to start ? if he starts now, will it affect his studies ? need some guidance from the experts pls. I am based in NZ.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 11 years ago


Firstly it is great that he has such a passion for something.

Ten is not too young for him to start.  I think even before buying him a table try to find a club that he can go to and play regularly. Then work on developing his basics well.  We can help with this through our online lessons as well.

What town are you in?

His studies can be fitted in with his training.  That is all a long way off as yet.  First see how he develops and enjoys the game over the next few years.

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young player

young player Posted 11 years ago

we are based in West Auckland

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

There is a good club in Auckland that has a good range of coaches and players.  It would be best to get him there to start with.  Here is their website.

Izzy H

Izzy H Posted 11 years ago

You are never too young to enjoy playing table tennis :)
By the way, I was 6 when I started and I still love it.

Julio Torres

Julio Torres Posted 11 years ago

If you want to be a World Champion, is actually a lil bit old


azhar bhabha

azhar bhabha Posted 11 years ago

julio is absolutely right. at ten years of age players are already playing and winning tournaments.

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

But it is possible to become a very good player if you are starting at 10.

Karissa Peji

Karissa Peji Posted 11 years ago

10 years old is never too young..... Timo Boll started playing since he was 4 and now look of what he achieved?

jan ancheta

jan ancheta Posted 10 years ago

10years old is not to young but for me it's to old because I started playing table tennis at the age of 6

Nathan S

Nathan S Posted 10 years ago

10 years not to young but not too late, one of my country's best players started at age 11 and won bronze at class 10 para table tennis 2012 in london.

Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 10 years ago

My son is 2 years old and I've started training him.

Working on serves at the moment away from the table.

I don't think the toss is entirely legal, and he doesn't make contact with the bat - but he enjoys it!

Edwin Gosens

Edwin Gosens Posted 10 years ago

10 years is ot too young at all, i have seen a video (no idea how it got on youtube) about timo boll starting with table tennis and getting better through the years. and he started at 4 years old just playing with his father in the garrage.  here is a link to the video

Earl Joseph

Earl Joseph Posted 10 years ago

There was a girl who started at 5 and a half in my club. so it is not early.

Jeffery Liem

Jeffery Liem Posted 10 years ago

it is too late in china. mostly they start it to play from 3-4 years old. 10 years old can beat u15 to the other countries.

tabletennisman lu

tabletennisman lu Posted 10 years ago

i started playing when i was 6 

tabletennisman lu

tabletennisman lu Posted 10 years ago

it would be better to start at 6

Kaustubh Kulkarni

Kaustubh Kulkarni Posted 9 years ago

I too started when I was 10

Sasha Dansereau

Sasha Dansereau Posted 9 years ago

Same here

If he just works on his ability to hit the ball in the table consistently then that will be a great start. See how enthusiastic he is and then start teaching him the counter hit & push strokes.


Jean Balthazar

Jean Balthazar Posted 9 years ago

I've seen 10 years old kids playing who would probably beat me! embarassed

I've also seen much younger kids who were so short that they were serving and doing forehand drives in the same position as I am when I'm smashing a very high ball, and they did it well. Amazing.

10 years is not too young to start playing table tennis. Definitely not.



Jesus Calle

Jesus Calle Posted 9 years ago

I Agree with Alois, find a club for him. He is not too young but, important, it's not late. I had to say that it is a great sport, it will affect his studies but in a positive way :-)

Gabriel Jacobson

Gabriel Jacobson Posted 9 years ago

I just made a quiz, weird huh, about what style of table tennis you should play in. It's my first quiz and I'm probably not an expert, but I urge you to try it!

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