The Expedite System

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 11 years ago

Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Asked 11 years ago

Hi Alois

During a look at ITTF Handbook i saw a term Expidite System. Can you explain me this thing.

Another thing is that if a player hits hits the ball away from my court and i hit it, but away from my end line, is that my point or his?


Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb Answered 11 years ago

Hi Aasim,

I'll answer your second question first. If you hit the ball on the full and the ball has passed the end line, you win the point. It's only if you hit the ball in front of the end line on the full that you lose the point.

Now to your first question. If a game takes longer than 10 minutes then the expedite system comes into play. This means that if the receiver makes 13 correct returns in a rally, then the receiver wins the point.

Here are the official rules:


2.15.1 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 when requested by both 

players or pairs.

2.15.2 The expedite system shall not be introduced in a game if at least 18 points 

have been scored.

2.15.3  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.

2.15.4  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.

2.15.5  Introduction of the expedite system shall not alter the order of serving and 

receiving in the match, as defined in 2.13.6.

2.15.6  Once introduced, the expedite system shall remain in operation until the end 

of the match.

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Aasim Showkat

Aasim Showkat Posted 11 years ago

thanks Jeff

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 11 years ago

You're welcome Aasim.

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