Time-rule in Table Tennis

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Tom Rutkowski

Tom Rutkowski Asked 6 years ago

Hi guys,


I am wondering if there is a "time-rule" for getting the ball back for serving. This issue may have other members. too: I am 70 years old, and have a heart and lounge condition, which allows me to play each point with strong smashes, going back and forth, but at the end of the rally I am exhausted. In order to get my breath I like to walk slowly to get the ball back if it is on my side of the table.

I know it may be annoying for my opponents, but it keeps me alive in the game. What are your thoughts of this? My play level is "medium", and because I am the oldest in our team I have to play with much younger opponents in our league....


Thanks for your answer in spe, Tom (Germany)

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Tom,

There is no time allocation but it just says that play should be continuous.  I would think that if you need the time in between points that is OK.

I think staying alive is quite important for the progress of the match!wink

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Candido Rivera

Candido Rivera Posted 5 years ago

What about from the time you have the ball in your hand and about to serve, is there a time limit (e.g. how long can you hold the ball before you serve?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

The same applies here.  If the umpire thinks that you are deliberately trying to waste time they can ask you to keep moving.

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