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What is the official net height in table tennis?

What is the official net height in table tennis?

This is a common question that many players asked me. It’s very simple, so I need to make this blog post to answer it. Let’s make a quiz?

What is the net height in table tennis?

  • A) 12.75 cm
  • B) 14.5 cm
  • C) 15.25 cm
  • D) 16.5 cm

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Congratulations. You made the right choice. The answer is C). The net height is about the height of your racket (15.25 cm).

The net height in table tennis is 15.25 cm (6 inches) above the table.

umpire check net height (1)
umpire check net height (1)




Umpire needs to verify the net height

It’s very important for the umpire to verify the net height before the match. Because with the very small change of the net height, the results of the match can vary a lot.

The role of the table tennis umpire is: checking the net height, verifying the player’s racket, etc.

umpire mesure height of the net
umpire measured height of the net

If the net height is not correct, you can ask the umpire to verify the net height with the net height tool.

umpire check the player's racket
umpire check the player’s racket

Official rules about the net

Official rules about table tennis equipment.


2.1 The playing area must be split into two equal-sized “courts” (your playing side, and the opponent’s side) by a vertical net that runs along the end lines.

2.2 The net assembly must include the net, the poles that hold it up, and the clamps that hold the poles to the table.

2.3 The net must be held up by a cord that is attached at each end to a straight post that is 15.25 cm (6 inches) high and has edges that are 15.25 cm (6 inches) away from the side lines.

2.4 The net, including its support, must be 15.25 cm (6 inches) above the playing surface along its entire length. The bottom of the net should be as close as possible to the playing field along its whole length.

umpire net height 1
umpire net height 1

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