Those considering tournament play will want to purchase USATT or ITTF approved equipment. Specific equipment regulations cover table tennis balls, tables, paddles, nets, and the rubber sheets.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the world governing body for the sport of table tennis. Founded in 1926, the ITTF held the first World Championship tournament the same year. Before the founding of the ITTF, table tennis was simply a parlor sport. Today table tennis is an Olympic sport with many followers, largely due to the work of the ITTF.
Like any sport, table tennis has official rules. For table tennis, the International Table Tennis Association (ITTF) is the world governing body. ITTF regulates all aspects of sanctioned tournament play. This includes all equipment used, players conduct, and anti-doping.
Whether playing table tennis competitively or just for fun, it's important to know the terms associated with the sport. Here are some of the more commonly used terms: