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Please take a moment to read the a list of questions and answers below. We are pretty sure you will find it interesting just because it’s your first time. Looking forward to meet you.
The Newport Beach Table Tennis Club

Why do I need a rating to play?

This is one of the most common question
Depending the rating you choose in some cases you will receive points of advantage and in other cases you have to give points of advantage.

First case as a Newbie:

Let say you register as a newbie and in the first round you play versus a newbie too. In this case you will start the match with a score of 0-0

Second case as a Newbie:

Your second match you play versus a Begginer. In this case you will receive +2 points of advantage.

Third case as a Newbie:

Your third match you play versus a Intermediate. In this case you will receive +4 points of advantage.
The image below will explain how will be the matches depending the rating you have choose.

Do you guys play only 1 time a week?

Yes we only play the tournament every wednesday. We just close if it’s July 4th,  Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year.

How many people show up on your tournament?

We have an avegage of 12 players, but there is nights where we have 20 players. Every wednesday is different

How many matches do I play?

You will be playing a minmum of 9 games of 11 points, so make sure to bring water and an extra tshirt you will have a lot of fun!

Why you guys play until 11 points?

Table tennis rules change 12 years ago and the 21 points are gone. The new regulations are 11 points each set or game.

Are these matches best of 3?

No, all the matches are best of 5. In a best of 5 match, the first player to win 3 sets is the winner of the match.

Who serve first and after how many points we switch serves?

Table tennis serving rules have changed over the years. Under the current ITTF rules, the player to serve first is chosen at random, with the winner of the random draw able to choose to serve first or receive first. Sometimes in casual games, the first serve is chosen by volley, where a “practice” rally is played to determine who serves first.

The player who is serving changes after a certain number of points are scored. Under the current ITTF rules, in an 11 point game, the service changes every 2 points. In the past, when games were played up to 21 points, the service changed every 5 points.

Here is an example of how this works.

Player A serves first to Player B. They each get one point, and the score is 1-1. The total score is now 2, so it is Player B’s turn to serve.
Player B gets the next 2 points, and the score is 1-3. The total score is now 4, and the serve switches back to Player A.
Player A continues serving until the total score is 6.
In an 11 point game, the game must be won by a 2-point lead. If both players score 10 points, the service switches after every point until the game is over.