Get ready for a sweet 21-point office table tennis tournament - in teams of 2 with your friends, running in a circle!
Table tennis is one of the most popular office sport in a lot of companies. If you think of something cost-efficient, easy-to-play, fun, played and known by everybody then there's a high chance that table tennis will come to your mind at first. In the startup world there aren't any offices without a table tennis equipment. Definitely a good way to shake up the office and make recreation a team effort. In our opinion everybody should play table tennis instead of spending time on Facebook with headphones on.
These rules and requirements are just suggestions. This is this activity is done best. Of course, you can choose to have your own rules.
The rules are probably well-known for everybody. Here’s just a little briefing. The aim is to toss the ball to your opponent team’s part of the desk and collect 21 points before your opponents. In this case however, you have to run continuously in a circle. After every toss, you have to run half a circle to the opposite side - if both of your opponent’s members tossed once, you come again on the opposite side, and so on. Whether you run clockwise, or counter-clockwise, it’s up to you! When you serve the ball has to bounce on your side, then bounce on your opponent’s side. From there the ball has to bounce only on your opponent’s side. In addition, you always have to toss back the ball towards the opposite area diagonally to your side. In addition, the person who has to toss back the ball changes constantly. You toss the ball, player A tosses it back, then your teammate tosses towards player B, player B tosses to you and so on.
A team receives a point, if the other team A) misses the ball; B) tosses back the ball, but the ball doesn’t touch the desk; C) an opponent doesn’t toss back the ball to the area diagonally; D) the same player tosses back the ball twice.
Two more, important things: first, who gets the chance to start can be decided on numerous ways. One way is rock-paper-scissors. The second and most popular way is by tossing the ball by hand. The first team who gets a point will start the game.
Second, how does the serve change? Well, according to the rules the serve passes to the other team in every 2 points. Meaning, if Player A starts the serve, gets a point, then serves again and Player B gets a point, then the total score is 1+1 = 2, so the serve goes to Team B. If the total number of points reaches 4 points, then the serve goes to Team A, and so on… However, if a score of 20-20 is reached in any game, then each server serves only one point and then the server is switched.
If a Player from Team B makes a mistake, the ball bounces two times on Team B's area, or if the ball doesn't touch Team A's area, or in case a Player from Team A doesn't toss the ball to the opponent team's area diagonally, Team B scores one point. If a team reaches 21 points, wins. The collected points will be the score in Battlejungle.
Table tennis balls (at least 2-3)
a table tennis net
a proper table tennis desk (or two long desks put together)
a space of 7m x 4m
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