The latest in the line of discussion is increasing the height of the net which would mean players have to play with more safety and higher trajectory, marginally slowing the shots and rallies down. Table Tennis Could Face Increase in Net Height. The reform suggestion was made by the Swiss Table Tennis Association with the aims of slowing down the game for more attractive television prospects.
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2.3 The net shall be suspended by a cord attached at each end to an upright post 15.25 cm. (6 in.) high, the outside limits of the post being 15.25 cm. outside the side lines. 2.4 The net, with its suspension, along its whole length, shall be 15.25 cm. (6 in.) above the playing surface.
The table or playing surface is uniformly dark coloured and matte, divided into two halves by a net at 15.25 cm (6.0 in) in height. The ITTF approves only wooden tables or their derivates. Concrete tables with a steel net or a solid concrete partition are sometimes available in outside public spaces, such as parks.
In 2018 this all changes. by Wade Townsend. As part of an initiative to continue the modernisation of table tennis, ITTF announces that as of Monday 1st January 2018 the table size regulations will be increasing to 6 metres long by 3.5 metres wide. “One of our main goals is to massively increase the prize money at ITTF events and to do this we need a larger televised audience.
The top edge of the net is 15.25 centimeters (6 inches) above the playing surface along its entire length, and the bottom edge is as close as possible to the playing surface. The outside edge of the posts holding the net are 15.25 cm (6 inches) from the outside edge of the table. Thus the net is 6 feet long.
National league / Representative matches. 10m x 5m (33 feet x 16 feet 6 inches) Local league / Local tournaments. 9m x 5m (30 feet x 16 feet 6 inches) Recreational play / Coaching. 8.5m x 4m (28 feet x 13 feet) Of course, if you want to play table tennis at home you could use any space that will accommodate a table tennis table.
To encourage players to adopt a more offensive, attacking style of play, it was also decided that the height of the net would be lowered from 6.75 inches to 6 inches. This, in conjunction with a time limit of 20 minutes, would assist any player who was trying to play offensively and would generally promote a more attacking style of play.
The height of a net, including the net itself and the cord attached, should not be taller than 15.25cm above the playing surface. The length of the net should be 1.83 meters long covering the entire width of the table, and the net should be as close to the playing surface, as possible.