General Conditions of Tournament Entry


Last Updated: 28th December 2023

The following are the general tournament conditions of play, the entry details may also contain special conditions that relate to Covid -19 (There are no current Health Guidelines re Covid-19), brand of the ball, format of play, and other conditions specific to the tournament.  These specific conditions will be shown on the entry form and the TTSA website under the event details.

1 REGULATIONS The Tournament will be conducted under TTSA, TTA and ITTF regulations and the current Laws of Table Tennis.
2 ITTF RULES I.T.T.F. rules will apply to clothing, rackets, gluing, equipment and control of the tournament generally. Any query of the legality or acceptability of playing attire shall be decided by the Tournament Referee. Gluing is not permitted within the stadium. The main colour of the clothing shall not be WHITE. Tracksuits are not to be worn without the permission of the referee
3 EQUIPMENT White plastic ITTF approved 40+ balls shall be used for all Tournaments.
4 ELIGIBILITY Juniors - Age as at 31st December 2023
Youth - Age as at 31st December 2023
Veterans - Age as at 31st December 2024
O/30: born in 1994 or earlier, O/40: born in 1984 or earlier, O/50: born in 1974 or earlier, O/60: born in 1964 or earlier, O/65: born in 1959 or earlier, O/70: born in 1954 or earlier, O/75: born in 1949 or earlier, O/80: born in 1944 or earlier, O/85: born in 1939 or earlier.
5 UMPIRING All players must assist by umpiring when requested. Refusal to umpire upon request from the Referee or tournament control may result in disqualification.

Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles:  Players may only play in two adjoining age groups where applicable e.g. 40/30, 50/40, 60/50, 65/60, 70/65, 75/70.
A player may play in different adjoining age groups in respect of the singles events, and doubles events.

Mixed Doubles*: Players can enter any two mixed doubles events that they are eligible for i.e. they do not need to be adjoining age groups.


7 WARM -UP A 2-minute warm-up period applies and play MUST commence immediately after this time
8 UMPIRE & REFEREE Each match shall be controlled by an Umpire, whose decision shall be final in point of fact. The Referee'sdecision shall be final on point of Law.
9 PLAYERS ABSENT Players absent when called upon to play AT ANY TIME will render themselves liable to disqualification

Sanctioned Tournaments and State Championships are conducted under the TTSA Member Protection and Code of Conduct Regulations. It is a condition of entry that all players agree to abide by the TTSA Regulations and are liable under the regulations for any breaches.



The Tournament Committee Reserves the right to :

  1. The cancellation of any event, due to insufficient entries
  2. Refuse an entry
  3. Decide eligibility of players for an event
  4. Alter times of play if necessary
  5. Reserve the right to play matches earlier than the scheduled time if tables are available and players are available
  6. Forfeit a play who is 15 minutes or more late for the scheduled start time

Cancel the tournament in accordance with the TTSA Hot Weather Policy


12 RATINGS CENTRAL EVENTS Ratings Central Events are open to players not rated above the points stated for the particular Ratings Central Event entered according to Ratings Central Points as shown on the Ratings Central website as at the closing date for entries. Ratings Central events. Ratings Central events will be played on a knock out basis.
13 PLAYER REGISTRATION All competitors must be registered members of a registered Club or Association affiliated with the TTSA Inc., or an Association affiliated with the ITTF.



TTSA is responsible for conducting SA State Opens and the Rating Central (All Ages) tournament.

All other tournaments (sanctioned) are run by the various affiliate and club officials under the oversight of the Umpires Association (SATTOC) with the Event Director of TTSA monitoring the effectiveness of the tournaments.

TTSA seeks player and administrator feedback on the conduct and efficiency of the tournaments and holds a review meeting (via a sub-committee) at the end of each year.