No.1 Quality Plastic Ball
Nittaku 3-Star Premium 40+ balls are a new non-celluloid plastic ball. It is made in Japan. It is ITTF approved and legal for all ITTF sanctioned tournaments. This ball is the highest quality poly ball, with outstanding durability, roundness, and consistency. It is made with special poly material available only to Nittaku. The label on the ball says "Nittaku Premium 40+" and "Made in Japan". Packaged in boxes of 3 balls. Available in white only.
FAQ about Nittaku Poly Balls:
The introduction of the new plastic “Poly Ball” for table tennis has created a lot of excitement in the table tennis world.
What is the new ball rule?
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) passed a resolution that all ITTF events after July 1, 2014, must use non-celluloid plastic balls. This deadline has a few exceptions; for example, the upcoming Youth Olympic Games taking place in Nanjing, China, August 16-28, 2014, is using a celluloid ball.
Are celluloid balls no longer legal?
Celluloid balls continue to be legal for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF continues to approve celluloid balls.
Which tournaments are affected by the ITTF resolution?
ITTF Sanctioned tournaments only are included in the resolution. This includes the World Championships, the ITTF World Tour, ITTF Junior Circuit, and ITTF sanctioned continental events.
Why did ITTF make this resolution for a new plastic ball?
Celluloid is a plastic, but it is a flammable material that has restrictive international shipping and storing regulations. Celluloid was once a widely used industrial plastic, but it is no longer a common material. Table tennis balls are one of the last products on the market still made with celluloid.
Have table tennis balls always been made of celluloid?
No. Non-celluloid plastic balls were used in competition decades ago. And for many years, low quality recreational plastic balls have been available. But the new ITTF approved competition grade balls are a big improvement over the “toy” balls, and they also have been improved since the first prototypes were produced over a year ago.
Will there be more than one kind of Nittaku poly ball?
Just like celluloid balls, Nittaku will have 2 models of their 3-star poly balls. One is made in China and one is made by Nittaku in Japan. The Made in China ball is the Nittaku 3* SHA 40+ ball and the Made in Japan ball is the Nittaku 3* PREMIUM 40+ ball. The Nittaku Premium 40+ ball is made with a premium poly material that is exclusive to Nittaku. It is more durable than previous table tennis balls, and it has very consistent roundness and hardness.
When are the new poly balls available?
The Nittaku SHA 40+ ball is in stock! The Nittaku PREMIUM 40+ balls are projected to be available in 2015.
What color is the new ball?
At this time, only white balls are being produced and have ITTF approval. Eventually, the new plastic balls will be available in both white and orange.
Will celluloid balls continue to be available?
Celluloid balls will be sold as long as they are available. The ball manufacturers advise that they will stop making celluloid balls in the future; the timing depends on material availability and market demand.
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