Official Ping Pong Table Dimensions and Restrictions

As you begin to take ping pong seriously, learning about the restrictions and rules of the game, you’ll also want to consider the size of your table. While you may have been fine with just any table in the past, it’s very important that you play and practice on one that follows the official dimensions.

Using the game-standard size is key to helping you become a player that can compete in league events and competitions.

 

Learn What To Look For

Because the rules are quite specific, you’re going to want to make sure to look for the right features in any ping pong table that you may want to buy.

While any old table will do for your basement playing, it’s best to use the “real thing” if you’re hoping to practice to become a professional competitor in the world of table tennis. To help you in your search, the following are the dimensions and restrictions that the IFTT dictates following official table dimensions:

  • The table needs to be 2.74m long and 1.525m wide rectangular shape.
  • You’ll need to check that the table is 76cm above the ground and it should also be completely level.
  • There is no specific material that has to be used but you will need to make sure that the bounce is at least a 23 cm bounce, when dropped from a height of 30 cm. Yes, it’s going to be a challenge to measure this on your own, so instead, try to find a table that is made from a material that promises this.
  • It needs to be a dark color and have a 2cm white line painted all around the edge of the table.
  • You’ll need to make sure that the net that you use runs (in a horizontal line) across the 1.525m of the table exactly in the middle. Because the table is 2.74m long, you’ll need to ensure that both sides are equally divided.
  • When looking for the net-if looking separately-you’ll need to make sure that the top of it is 15.25cm above the surface of the table.

 

Look Out For Official Labels

When looking for a table, you could try to remember all these details and keep them in mind, but you could also keep an eye out for words that indicate that it can be used professionally.

For example, if it says that it can be used for tournaments or competitions, it could very well fit into the IFTT standards and may work fine for you. Even better, you should search for an option that says that it “meets IFTT standards” as that will take the guess work out of your ping pong table shopping—although you may always want to double check.

Final Thoughts

It isn’t too hard to find a ping pong table that meets the IFTT restrictions and dimensions, but take your time and do your research to make sure that you find one that helps you to become a star player. If you practice on the real thing, it will be that much easier to play in competitions.

Kate Young

Hi there, I’m Kate Young and I’m a fitness coach from California, but I now live in Austin. I have been involved in so many different sports over the years, including swimming, running, athletics, gymnastics, rugby (yeas, you read that right), baseball, tennis, and so many more that I have lost count.

I just love competing in sports, but struggled to find the one that I would stick with. So, instead I decided to become a fitness coach as it allows me to work with so many different types of athletes.

I’ve also become heavily involved it diet. The reason for this is that I’ve seen too many athletes fail in their fitness goals because their diet didn’t support it. And I’ve seen just as many people fail in their diets, because their fitness activities weren’t effective.

A lot of my work has involved working up with college tennis teams where I have tailored some endurance type fitness programs. Tennis coaches are great at teaching techniques, but a lot of them struggle with general fitness levels.

And that’s where I come in. On this site I contribute to anything tennis, fitness and diet related, which will help you get to your goals quicker and with more ease. And if you have some very specific questions then why not reach out on one of the social media channels where all of us are very active.

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