Saturday, November 23, 2013

Basics About Utah Table Tennis

By Sonya Riley

In Utah table tennis is also known as wiff waff or ping pong like in numerous other regions around the globe. This game involves 2 or 4 players who strike the playing ball forth and back utilizing table tennis rackets. Balls are usually lightweight and small in size specifically designed for this game. The sport may be played out-door or indoors on a hard-topped table.

The origin of this game is England during 1880s. At that time it was only played by members of the upper class after dinner. Suggestions have it that the game was originally developed by officers of the British military in either South Africa or India. After the officers developed it, they took it back to their home country. During that time, books were placed at the middle of the playing platform to serve as a net.

This game has seen a lot of development and enhancements since its first discovery. As it gained more popularity, companies started manufacturing equipment for playing the sport. Initial rackets were pieces of parchment placed on a frame. The sound produced by the rackets earned this game the first nick-names, that is, ping pong and wiff waff. The wide popularity of the game led to the founding of an association in Britain that oversaw the standards and practices of this sport.

The equipment utilized in playing comprise a playing platform, racket, and ball. Specifications of the playing ball are specified by international laws. It must be a light-weight ball of precisely 2.7 grams with the diameter measuring 40mm. According to international rules, balls should bounce to an altitude of between 24 to 26 centimeters when released from an altitude of 30.5cm on a standardized block of steel. This means that it must have coefficient of restitution lying between 0.89 and 0.92.

The ball is made from a high bouncing celluloid filled with air or similar plastic materials. The color can be either orange or white depending on factors such as table color and the surroundings. The sphere is marked with stars to indicate its quality. Three stars means that the quality is highest and the item can be used on official competitions.

The playing platform measures 30 inches high, 9 feet long, and 5 feet wide. The gaming surface is evenly colored and partitioned into two halves by use of a net of six inches high. Players bear a racket, which may be wooden on a single or both sides. Mostly utilized kinds of timber for the racket include cypress, hinoki, balsa, and limba. The blade must have average dimension of 6.5 inches.

First serve in the game is usually decided by lot, often a coin toss. Besides the first serve, in the rest of the serves, the ball must be allowed to spring back only once on table. If the ball springs back more than once or goes off the table, serving player gets a point.

Utah table tennis is practiced on professional grounds. There are also several training facilities in which beginners can get coached by people who have experience in the sport. Charges for registering or signing in a training amenity are affordable and friendly.

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