Dear Table Tennis friends,

Re: Plastic Balls in 2015

At the November 2014 Board meeting, the Board of Management of TTSA approved the use of plastic balls in TTSA run events from 2015. These events include the City of Adelaide, State Opens (Juniors, Seniors and Veterans) and the 2015 Winter Pennant competition.

There is a lot of information in the market about these balls including their quality, cost and reliability. To assist you, I have provided a summary of the key points in relation to the new plastic balls for your information which is attached as Appendix A.

Why the change?
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) introduced the new plastic balls as of 1 July 2014 with the new balls being used at all ITTF sanctioned events since that time.

Table Tennis Australia (TTA) has determined that the new plastic balls will be used at all National events from 1 January 2015 onwards. As a result, and similar to other states, TTSA has determined that plastic balls will be used for all TTSA run events from 1 January 2015.

Insofar as our affiliate members adopting the new plastic ball, there is no mandatory requirement for you to do so – the ‘old’ celluloid balls are still legal however will be phased out over a period of time. Therefore, the option is left to you to continue to use your existing stock of celluloid balls and slowly replace with the plastic balls as the market settles.

Ultimately, it is up to you, however TTSA would recommend affiliates use their existing stock of celluloid balls with a view of transitioning to the new plastic ball late in 2015. At which point the market will have settled and there will be a better understanding on the performance of the new plastic balls as well as costs etc.

For those that are after the detail, ITTF have released an information paper on the plastic balls, with a list of approved balls and questions and answers found here

Local Suppliers
If you are looking at purchasing plastic balls, please consider the local SA suppliers as part of your decision making process.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I am only too happy to discuss TTSA’s position.

Yours in Table Tennis,


Paul Langley