Put In Rules

The put-in takes a number of forms. The ball is never set up in the center of the table. The put-in holes can be used to push the ball onto the table, and it is acceptable (encouraged in fact) to spin the ball with the thumb to accelerate it towards the opposition (see blitzkrieg). On occasion, and especially when the ball leaves the table, the ball is bounced from the side border of the table onto the pitch (see also The Omelette, Simone's dirty trick). Bouncing it straight out of mid-field is frowned upon.

On the other hand, the tournament rule is very strict: the ball has to be served so that it touches the opposite wall in between the two midfield poles before being kicked.

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