Faults In this video, you will learn how to avoid committing faults in table tennis. Most of the time, people play without a referee. It is therefore important to be familiar with all the different types of fault. To perform a regular return shot, be sure to hit the ball onto the opponent’s half only once it has already bounced in yours. If the ball clips the edge of the table, it counts as having bounced on that side’s table half. However, if the ball hits the side of the table, this is considered a fault. A player loses a round if the following occurs: If the player doesn’t hit the ball back onto the opponent’s table half. If the player allows the ball to bounce twice in his own half. If the player commits a service fault. For further details on serving, see the video entitled “rules for serving”. If the player hits the ball before it bounces in his own half. If the player hits the ball two times consecutively. If the player touches the table with his free hand. If the player touches the net with his hand or racket, or moves the table. If the ball touches the body or clothes of the player. Finally, let’s look at two situations where no fault is actually committed, contrary to popular thinking. First, when the ball doesn’t bounce in your half and you catch it with your racket whilst behind the table. Second, when ball hits your wrist. Remember that, after service, the ball is allowed to clip the net or its supporting parts. Give it a go yourself!