Video:Quick Tip: 3 Common Faults in Table Tenniswith Jon Gustavson
If you're just starting out playing table tennis, it's important to know the rules so that you don't cost yourself any points. This About.com video will teach you three of the most common faults in table tennis to avoid.See Transcript
Transcript:Quick Tip: 3 Common Faults in Table Tennis
Hi, I'm Jon Gustavson from the Atlanta Georgia Table Tennis Association for about.com. Today we're going to talk about common mistakes players make when they start out playing table tennis.
Table Tennis Faults: Serve Must Be Legal
The serve is such a huge part of the game in table tennis and you of course want to make sure the serve is legal, that you're behind the line and toss the ball up six inches and you're not hiding the ball with your arm or with your body.
Table Tennis Faults: Touching the Table
A lot of times new players and particularly kids make the mistake of putting their hand on the table while they're playing. You can't do this at any point and if you do that in the course of a rally, your opponent should be awarded the point.
Table Tennis Faults: No Talking
Another rule that players aren't aware of is that in the course of a rally, once the player is served and the point is in progress, you cannot talk, you cannot yell. By the rules, if you talk during the point, you lose the point. You can't say anything to distract your opponent and you can save your celebration for after the point is over.
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