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The Official Rules of Table Tennis


17. Equipment


17.1 Players shall not choose balls in the playing area.

17.1.1 Whenever possible players shall be given the opportunity to choose one or more balls before coming to the playing area. The match shall be played with one of these balls, taken at random by the umpire.

17.1.2 If a ball has not been chosen before players come to the playing area, the match shall be played with a ball taken at random by the umpire from a box of those specified for the competition.

17.1.3 If a ball has to be replaced during a match, the replacement shall be provided according to the procedures of Rules 17.1.1 and 17.1.2.

17.2 Unless otherwise authorized by the umpire, players shall leave their racquets on the table during intervals.

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