T3 Ping Pong

T3 is a new and creative version of table tennis that allows six people to play at once, making it the perfect team sport. Embracing the mantra ‘two’s company, three’s a team’ the developers of this great game have crafted quality tables here in the UK for kids as young as 4 years old all the way up to 99. They are as passionate as we are about encouraging people to get active, no matter their age and ability. The fact that this is also a team sport makes it all the better.

The T3 table was first seen at the London Olympic games legacy event known as ‘Give it a go’ in 2013 and was an instant hit. In fact, it was even voted as the most popular sport of the day by the visitors. These tables are a huge success, especially in school, office and park environments.

T3 rules are at the bottom of this page, please scroll down to see them.

T3 Outdoor Table Tennis Tables

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T3 Table Tennis - Various Game Rules


How to Play Three-a-Side Table Tennis

What is T3 Ping Pong?

T3 Ping Pong is 3-a-side table tennis played on a round table! It follows similar rules to the traditional game, but it is played with three or even six players on each team (Chaos Theory rules*). The distinctive circular design and specially constructed net are the foundations of a game which is fast, fun and addictive.

Conventional table tennis rules apply plus a few twists:

  • When serving, the ball must land within the correct third. When the ball is in free play, it can bounce anywhere on the table, once per side. Volleying is not permitted.
  • Three players per side, total of six players. Each team of three players use T3 bats marked 1 to 3.
  • Service is always delivered from the centre third of the table. To start, player 1 (bat 1) serves twice to his opponent, also player 1, standing directly opposite. Ball must land in correct ‘third’ of the table.
  • Player 1 then serves to opponents 2 and 3, standing diagonally left and right, respectively. Two serves to each player, so six in total.
  • Receiving team players maintain same starting positions throughout these 6 services, so all receive two serves.
  • Service then changes sides, and above steps 3 to 5 are repeated from other team.
  • Service then continues to change sides after each (‘service round’ of) 6 services: to players 2 (bat 2), then players 3 (bat 3), whilst players 1 exchange positions with them.
  • During play, each player can only hit two consecutive shots. If a player takes more, the point is automatically awarded to the opposing team.
  • After service, the ball is in free play anywhere on the table, for anyone to hit.
  • The winning team is the first to reach 15 points with two clear points. Best of three games wins the set. Teams change sides after each game.


How to Play T3 Chaos Theory

This game is fantastic for getting even more people involved at once. This six-a-side game, as the name suggests, is chaotic but incredibly fun!

  • Six players each side, a total of 12 players.
  • Each side has one ball; so 2 balls in total. Each rally consists of two points, one per ball.
  • Each side nominates a team server whose position will always be in the centre third.
  • Both team servers start the game by serving simultaneously from right to left (as per diagram) The ball must land in the correct third of the table (2 players in each third). After service, the ball is in free play anywhere on the table.
  • If the balls collide and only one remains in play, the game continues until the remaining point is played out. If both leave the table after collision, no points are awarded.
  • The winning team is the first to reach 15 points with two clear points. Best of three games wins the set.


How to T3 Singles Table Tennis

  • One player each side, a total of two players.
  • Service is always taken from the centre third to the opposite centre third of the table. Free play can then continue.
  • Each player serves twice.
  • The winner is the first to reach 15 points with two clear points. Best of three wins the set.


How to T3 Doubles

  • Two players each side, a total of four players.
  • First service is always taken from the right, then left third to the opposite diagonal third of the table. Free play can then continue. Each player serves twice to each opponent.
  • During play, each player can only hit two consecutive shots. If a player takes more, the point is automatically awarded to the opposing team.
  • Serving players swap places with their partners in order to serve to second player on the opposing team. Return to original position when service changes sides.
  • The winning team is the first to reach 15 points with two clear points. Best of three wins the set.