Rules for serving In this video, you will learn the rules for serving in table tennis. Serving is how a round commences. It is therefore essential to know the rules for it. Let’s take a look at the rules for serving in 3 steps: the toss, the strike and the difference between singles and doubles. When tossing the ball, place it in the palm of your free hand. Your hand must be positioned above the height of the table, and must be open and stationary. However, it must not be positioned directly over the table itself. Toss the ball straight up into the air without putting any spin on it. As part of a executing a valid serve, you must not throw the ball directly at your racket. Strike the ball only after it has begun falling. The ball must bounce once on your side, then once on the opponent’s side. If the ball touches the net before bouncing on the opponent’s side, the round is aborted and re-played, starting with service again. When serving in singles, you are free to make the ball bounce on any part of the table you wish. In doubles, you serve diagonally across the table from the right-hand side – the ball must first bounce on the right-hand half of the serving side, then the right-hand half of the receiving side. Throughout a match, serving alternates between each player after every two points scored. If the score ends up being 10-10, serving alternates with every point scored. Serving without committing a fault is a key area for practice. Give it a go yourself!