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The Official Rules of Table Tennis

                                           

Wheelchair Rules

21.6 The table shall allow access to wheelchairs without obstructing player's legs and shall allow access to two wheelchairs for doubles matches (no cross bars between end legs).

21.7 The court length may be reduced, but should not be less than 8 meters long and must be enclosed by surrounds.

21.8 A service in singles shall be as in Paragraph 6 except that a let shall be called if in service the ball:

21.8.1 Leaves the table by either of the receiver's side lines (on one or more bounces) or

21.8.2 On bouncing on the receiver's side returns in the direction of the net or

21.8.3 Comes to rest on the receiver's side of the playing surface.

21.9 However, if the receiver strikes the ball before it crosses a side line or takes a second bounce on his side of the playing surface, the service shall be considered good and no let shall be called.

21.10 Class 1 and 2 players are not required to project the ball upward from the palm of the free hand. Players in these classes may hold the ball and project it upward in any manner. Regardless of the method, no spin may be imparted to the ball and the ball still must rise at least 6 inches from the hand.

21.11 Responsibility still rests with the server to serve so that the umpire or assistant umpire can check the legality of the serve.

21.12 During play, a player may touch the playing surface with the free hand, only to restore balance after striking the ball (provided the playing surface is not moved).

21.13 The playing surface shall not be used as a support with the free hand while playing the ball.

21.14 A player or pair shall score a point if the footrest or a foot of their opponent touch the floor during play.

21.15 In team and class singles events, no part of the body above the knees may be attached to the chair, as this could improve balance. Below knees, strapping is allowed.

21.16 Should a player require some strapping or binding for medical reasons, this should be noted on their classification card and will be taken into account when assessing the player's class.

21.17 In open events, strapping and other aids are allowed.

21.18 No player shall compete in a wheelchair event unless he has been given an appropriate disabled classification.

Wheelchair Doubles

21.19 Service shall be as above for singles play, but the ball may leave the table by the side line of the receiver's right half-court.

21.20 The server shall first make a good service and the receiver shall make a good return, and thereafter either player of a pair may return the ball.

21.21 During play, no part of a player's wheelchair shall cross the vertical plane of an imaginary extension of the table's center line. If it does, the opposing pair shall score a point.


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