How to teach playing Ping Pong to a child

childs-ping-pongTeaching children sport games as early as they start acquiring their psychomotor skills helps them gain prowess and define their sports career. It helps them identify their talents and nurture it from childhood. Children easily grasp content since they have no prior knowledge. You can vary the methodology to avoid boredom and improve mastery of the skill; although, the practical bit should be the main teaching methodology.  Another methodology involves videos and Ping Pong computer games. The players in the videos should be children of their age to act as a motivating factor to enhance their Indoor ping pong table skill prowess.

Practical methodology

Children have a low concentration span. At the beginning, take shorter hours unless they demand more. The first step is the basic ball response and hitting skills. They can do this alone because if they are all beginners, they may not grasp the content

Ball hitting skills

Use a wall as the opponent. Let the wall act as a block to enhance their ball response skills. It also helps them learn different body movements while responding to the ball. The ball must bounce back; the intensity of the bouncing ball becomes a learning tool in ball hitting skills.

Guide the child to hit the ball low, in accordance with the tennis table for better results. Let the child vary the intensity of ball response so allow him to very different ball response skills.

Footwork skills

The foot is a support for stability. Teach the child to widen the legs to increase stability and use that skill to make the body flexible to handle different ball response skills required. A child may not master this to perfection, but continuous practice will sharpen his skills.

Butt handling skills

Ensure the child has the right butt handling skills. Show him on the best way to handle it. The grip should be firm to rotate it at 360 degrees. These skills will allow him to know how to respond to the ball and hit back at different positions by making the right paddle selection.

Ball response skills

During training with the wall, varying intensity will guide the child to be able to response to different ball intensity and height.

Cognitive skills

Ping Pong is a brain game. Let the child understand the use of intelligence in handling the ball. This will be better practiced when playing with an opponent.

Physical exercise

Do not concentrate so much on skills only. Ping Pong requires a physically fit person. Do simple warm ups to activate the body system in preparation for the game.


After a child has mastered all these skills, it is important you take the child through table tennis rules. They may look young but they grasp faster. Let them follow the rules from the onset.

Training a child to play Ping Pong require endurance and patience. Different children have different levels of grasping skills and sometimes, improving ping pong skills using a robot. Treat the child as an individual and move on subsequent skills when you are sure he has mastered the current skills. When playing with an opponent, let them enjoy rather that than compete.