FIYA Ping Pong Tournament Rules

MATCH FORMAT

  • Best two out of three games.

  • Games to 11, must win by 2.

  • Players switch sides after the first game, and after either player reaches five points in the third game.

SERVING

  • Service switches every two points, except in extra time (after tied 10-10) when it alternates on every serve.

  • Service shall start with the ball resting freely on the open palm of the server's stationary free hand.  

  • The server shall then project the ball near vertically upwards, without imparting spin, so that it rises at least 16cm after leaving the palm of the free hand and then falls without touching anything before being struck.

  • As the ball is falling the server shall strike it so that it touches first his or her court and then, after passing over or around the net assembly, touches directly the receiver's court; in doubles, the ball shall touch successively the right half court of server and receiver.

  • From the start of service until it is struck, the ball shall be above the level of the playing surface and behind the server's end line, and it shall not be hidden from the receiver by the server or his or her doubles partner or by anything they wear or carry.