Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small, round bat. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net.
Except for the initial serve, the rules are generally as follows: Players must allow a ball played toward them to one time on their side of the table, and must return it so that it bounces on the opposite side at least once. Points are scored when a player fails to return the ball within the rules. Play is fast and demands quick reactions.
The sport originated in Victorian England, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game. It had several different names, including 'whiff-whaff', and it has been suggested that makeshift versions of the game were developed by British military officers in India or South Africa, who brought it back with them. A row of books was stood up along the centre of the table as a net, two more books served as rackets and were used to continuously hit a golf ball.
Table tennis at 1Leisure
Table Tennis is available at all of our three sites – Medina, The Heights and Westridge.
Table Tennis is included on the Gold AND Silver One Cards.