CCA Ping Pong Rules

Basic Ping Pong Rules


Service Rules

  1. The service must start with the ball in an open palm.
  2. The ball must be thrown vertically, at least 16 cm.
  3. The ball must be above and behind the table throughout the serve
  4. After throwing the ball, the server must get their free arm and hand out of the way.


Doubles Rules

  1. The service must go diagonally, from the server’s right-hand side to the receivers right-hand side.
  2. A doubles pair must strike the ball alternately.
  3. At the change of service, the previous receiver becomes the new server and the partner of the previous server becomes the receiver.


General match play

Games are played to 21 points.  Teams will play one opponent per night.  The team with the most games won in an hour time limit will win the match.

  1. You have five serves before it is your opponent’s turn to serve five. 
  2. At 21-21 it’s deuce. You get one serve each and must win by two clear points. 
  3. Teams change ends after each game.


A let is called if…

  1. An otherwise good serve touches the net.
  2. The receiver isn’t ready (and doesn’t try to hit the ball).
  3. If play is disturbed by something outside of the players’ control.


A point is lost if…

  1. The service is missed.
  2. The service is not returned.
  3. A shot goes into the net.
  4. A shot goes off the table without touching the court.
  5. A player moves the table, touches the net or touches the table with their free hand during play.









Circle City Athletics will provide a staff member on-site to assist players with any problems or questions they may have. There are no referees.


If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:


First Offense: Loss of game.


Second Offense: Loss of game and staff reserves the right to remove team from playoffs.


Third Offense: Removal from the league.


Any team that forfeits more than once also forfeits any guarantee or right to a certain number of guaranteed games.

If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to email the league manager so as to help us schedule your opponent a game.


Teams may play more than one match per day, and/or play matches on days/nights other than your regularly scheduled league day/night.  CCA reserves the right to schedule playoff games on days other than your regularly scheduled league night.


Any questions regarding rules, policies, or eligibility must be addressed before the start of the game. 




The updated standings will be posted weekly, displaying each teams rank within its skill level.




Playoffs are single-elimination. Playoffs will take up to 2 weeks.




In order to participate in the league, each participant must sign the team waiver. Waivers are provided and must be completed and handed in no later than the first night of play. Players not present the first week of play will still be required to sign a waiver with our staff before participating. These waivers will also serve as your final roster.




Any protest made during a game or after a game will NOT be considered a formal protest.  A formal protest may be filed before a game if an opposing player’s eligibility is in question. The player in question will be required to provide his/her player information (ID) in person to a CCA staff member prior to the start of the game. This qualifies as an official protest and only applies to the playoffs. The game will then be played in its entirety as scheduled. Teams will be notified of all rulings on the identified eligibility discrepancy by the following business day – decisions will not be made on site. If the protest is proven to be legitimate, it will result in the forfeiture of the game in question. Games subsequent to the protested game may be rescheduled.
The above procedure will also apply for any other “logged” protests. All protest need to happen prior to any match/game starting, otherwise the match/game will stand as a leagl match. All rulings by CCA staff are considered final. Substitutes are allowed during the regular season, but only roster players are allowed for the playoffs.  Any player(s) who has a season ending medical condition, moves away, or has another circumstance deem able for a subsitute player must be approved by sending a formal email to




The idea of CCA is to have fun. We hope that all participants keep that in mind when becoming involved. Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. With this said, any behavior deemed unacceptable by staff may result in suspension and/or ejection from a game or the league.


To coordinate and run the league, our refs and/or staff will be available at all times to help the league run as smoothly as possible. If you have questions regarding schedules, policies, rule interpretations, directions to the bar, etc. please ask or call our office.




Leagues may be cancelled due to existing weather conditions, dangerous or unplayable field conditions, facility constraints, scheduling conflicts, etc. CCA staff makes every effort to play all scheduled games, thus we will not cancel games unless absolutely necessary. Therefore, if you are calling concerning a decision on a cancellation, remember we will not have an answer until close to the start of the league.


If the league is cancelled, CCA staff will post all notices on social media sites (Facebook/Twitter).  CCA will then email/text all of the captains if possible. If a league is cancelled on site, CCA staff will attempt to contact those teams still scheduled to play the remainder of the league day/night. Depending on the time of cancellation, some teams will have to be notified on site. In extreme circumstances, CCA reserves the right to run a shortened season without a refund or schedule matches on days and/or locations other than our regularly scheduled league day/night/location.