Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using small bats. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: players must allow a ball played toward them to bounce one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. A point is scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions. Spinning the ball alters its trajectory and limits an opponent's options, giving the hitter a great advantage.
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Each team shall be made up of a women’s pair, a men’s pair and a mixed pair (therefore six players
in total, 3 male and 3 female).
The men’s pair shall only play against other men’s pairings and the same applies to the women’s
and mixed pairings.
It will not be possible to change the pairings during the tournament.
Games will be played according to the official rules of the International Table Tennis Federation.
At least a 3-minute warm-up period will be allowed before the start of each game.
Each game will be played over 3 sets, but each set will finish upon reaching eleven (if the score is 10 all, a two-point margin must be gained to achieve victory. Regardless of this, however, every game will end upon reaching 15 points).
Change in service will take place after every two points, and in case of advantage at 10 all, after every point.
In the case of injury a substitute may be used (not from the original 6 players).
If the team is unable to supply a substitute, or have no substitute available, the team will deem to have forfeited the game, and the result recorded as having been defeated 3 - 0.
Scores will be kept by scorekeepers assigned to each table.
In case of dispute, an UNAPPEALABLE decision will be taken by the organizers of the tournament.
No complaints are admitted at the end of the matches.
In case of a tie in the group rankings, the outcome of the direct match counts regardless of the double played.
To decide the best places among the elimination rounds, for the composition of the final rounds, the following criteria will be adopted:
total set difference in matches of the elimination round
3 rounds involving 7 teams (round-robin)
Each game is played only by a double for school. (Every double then plays a total of 2 games).
Final “KO” Round:
At the end of the preliminary round, there are 3 rounds of final, in which the schools compete each other by playing all three doubles in the following order:
Each match consists of 9 sets (3 for each double) and one team wins at the 5th won set. All the other sets, since they are not important to the result, are optional.
Group I: The best 2 classified in the preliminary round + the two best third, will place the placings from the 1st to the 8th.
Group II: The worst third classified in the preliminary round + the 4th and 5th + the best 6th, the placings will be played from the 9th to the 16th.
Group III: The worst two-sixths of the preliminary round + the 7th classified, the placings will be played from the 17th to the 21st.
The final 1st - 2nd place will be played on Saturday afternoons together with the team sport finals.
Tournament Schedule & Competition Board
European School of Varese: Via Montello 118, 21100 Varese
Palazzo dello sport di Malnate: Via Gasparotto 10, 21046 Malnate VA