Ping pong table is a synonym of table tennis table where two or four hit the ball light in weight back and forth amongst themselves with the table being divided by a net. Players in table tennis allow the ball to bounce on one side of the table and hit it back so that it bounce again the opposite of the table only once except of the initial serve. Points are earned when the player fails to return within the stipulated rules of the game. The game is under the govern ship of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), a worldwide organization founded in the 1926 having 218 members and is also an Olympics game, can be played as single or doubles.
Standard Ping Pong Table Dimensions
The standard ping pong table dimensions as provided by the International Table Tennis Federation are: the table is 2.74 m (approximately 9 feet) long, 1.525 m wide and 0.76 m or 30 inches high, there can be addition or continuous material long enough so that the table yields an uniform bounce that is about 23 cm with a standard ball drop. It also has a net overhang of about 15.25 cm. the above dimensions are mostly meant for beginners in the table tennis sport. These are the standard dimensions of ping pong table as per the requirements of the ITTF constitution that is available with various subtitles containing the rules of the game, expected behaviors of the players and scores awarding to the game play.
The standard size of a ping pong table is about 5-9 feet’s this regulated to the fact of enhancing fairness during game play time. The ping pong table dimensions are also applicable in the Paralympics with the only difference coming as a result of the classification of the players in the Paralympics, the International Tennis Federation classify the player classes ranging from class 1-5 for players on wheelchairs and class 6-11 for those disabled but not conformed to wheelchairs thus allowing them to play while standing.
Ping pong is basically played on a standard ping pong table which has a minimum top of thickness for tournament which is 3 out of 4. The official ping pong table dimensions are meant to provide the user of the table with safer playing ground that is the table, also provides for normal, predictable and regular bounces hence ensuring the smoothness of the game.
There are also other laws relating to the table that have to be followed along with the dimensions of ping pong table, they are that the surface on top which is referred to as the playing area or surface should be rectangular. Having the standard dimensions of 2.74 m long, 1.525 m wide and an approximate height of about 76 cm from the floor. The surface meant for playing that is the playing surface should not include the vertical side of the tabletop, the playing surface should be dark colored with a white side line that is 2 cm wide, any material can be used as table top provided it results in an uniform bounce that is about 23 cm when a ball of standard weight is dropped on it from an approximate height of about 30 cm.
Ping pong tables are approved by the ITTF prior to any competition thus setting and making sure the standard ping pong table dimensions are fit to provide a quality sporting activity.