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Rules

BASIC RULES OVERVIEW

Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles is most common. The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles. Follow the rule of play per USAPA 

Pickleball is a simple paddle game played using a special perforated, slow-moving ball over a tennis-type net on a badminton-sized court. The ball is served underhand without bouncing it off the court and is served diagonally to the opponent’s service court. Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return ball, hits ball out of bounds, etc.). The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until server faults. The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least a 2-point margin wins. For example, if both sides are tied at 10 points, then play continues until one side wins by 2 points.

LEAGUES

Adult Leagues are 18 and over
Men’s /Women’s Singles
Adult Men, Women and/or Mixed Doubles 
New teams are consider 2 players who have never played together before in a prior Champion Pickleball league for Doubles and any new player for Singles.
Partners on a double team must be the same skill level and can be any age as long as they are both over 18. 

LEVEL OF PLAY

We currently offer 3 levels of play:
Beginner = 2.0 to 2.5
Intermediate = 3.0 to 3.5
Advanced = 4.0+

Use the following guidelines to determine your skill level http://www.usapa.org/skill-assessment-sheets/ 

MATCH PLAY

A pickleball match is considered best 2 out of 3 single games played to 11 points

Official pickleball games rules can be found on the USAPA website http://www.usapa.org/rules-summary/  

SCHEDULING MATCHES

After receiving your schedule please make contact, by calling or emailing with you opponents. Matches may be played early or past the weekly deadline as long as both teams agree to playing it as a late match and as long as all matches are completed by the end of the season. All scores will be due by midnight the last day of the season in order to be counted.

It is the responsibility of BOTH teams to make contact and try to schedule a match. Each match has a weekly  deadline, if BOTH teams agree to play after that deadline, the new deadline is the last day of the season.  If either team is unavailable at that point they would forfeit the match.

To avoid misunderstandings on days when matches are scheduled team should:

  • Have cell phones available and turned on. Have the opposing team's contact info.
  • If there are multiple courts make sure you communicated the correct court # to your opponent 
  • Call the opposing team immediately if running late and provide an arrival time frame. (as long as it is not excessive beyond the 20 minute default)

MATCH DEADLINES

Each match will have a deadline of Friday at 7pm unless teams agree to play at a different time, all matches should begin by this point.

LATE MATCHES

Any match can be played as a "late Match" past the original weekly deadline IF BOTH teams agree to do so. If BOTH teams agree to play a match late then the new deadline becomes the day before the last day of the season. We hope that all players will try their best to get matches played but we understand that sometimes that cannot happen. If both teams do not agree to play late then the match would have to be played at the default time for that week’s match, Friday 7PM.  Whichever team that is not available to play at the default time would forfeit the match

RESCHEDULING

You may reschedule a match one time, as long as you give your opponents at least 24 hours notice. If you do not give your opponent 24 hours they may enter this match as a forfeit.

INCLEMENT\EXTREME WEATHER

Inclement or extreme weather is defined by:

  • Rain causing wet slippery court conditions.
  • If the temperature is above 98 degrees or below 32 degrees (Fahrenheit) before the match is started, it is the option of the players to reschedule the match. We do not advise matches to be played in temperatures that can pose a health risk.

In the event of rain, the home team must verbally contact their opponent by calling as soon as it is apparent that the match will not be played at the scheduled time. Both teams should NEVER assume that the match is canceled due to weather at opponent’s courts. DO NOT cancel matches via email. ALWAYS call your opponent when the weather is questionable. If a call was not made and one team shows up to play at the scheduled match time/day, and the other team does not show because they assume the match is unplayable due to weather (without making contact via a call) the team who did show up at the scheduled match time/date may take the win by default.

If the match needs to be rescheduled due to weather, teams should reschedule before the end of the season. If both teams cannot agree to reschedule before the end of the season, then the match is left unscored.

If a match is delayed or interrupted by rain, wet courts or extreme weather conditions, teams should be prepared to wait half an hour to determine if the court is playable. If after 30 minutes, or if forecasts indicates that it will not be possible to continue match play, teams are free to leave and reschedule. If the match had begun, players should resume the match at the exact game and point as they stood when halted.

If you have a match scheduled on the last "Deadline" date of the season and it is rained out it will go unscored.

 If a match is rained out and can not be scheduled at later time, teams should report an incomplete match. Select this option from the scoring page. In the cases of incomplete matches neither team will receive the win. The score would be entered as any games played up to the point of stopping.

DRIVE TIMES

We use an algorithm that tries to minimize driving times by sorting teams into divisions based on their home court proximity, therefore the number of teams in each division may vary. Each team must play the same number of matches each season, in smaller divisions there may be one or two teams you play twice and in larger divisions, there may be one or two teams you do not play at all.

SCORING

DOUBLES SCORING

Points are scored only on the serve. The receiving side cannot score a point. At the start of the game, the player on the right side serves. If a point is scored, the server moves to the left side and serves to the opposite court. Each time that a point is scored, the players on the serving side alternate from the right to left or left to right. That player continues to serve until the serve is lost by losing a rally. Players on the serving team do not alternate sides unless a point is scored. The receiving side never alternates sides.

When the receiving team wins a service turn, the player on the right serves first and continues to serve and alternates sides each time that a point is won. When the first server loses the serve, the serve goes to the second server on the side. When the second server loses the serve, the serve goes to the other team and the player on the right serves first. That pattern continues throughout the game.

Call the score in the order of server’s score, receiver’s score, and then the server number. For example if the score of the serving team is 3 and the score of the receiving team is 6, and the second server on the side is serving, the score would be announced as 3-6-2. Some players might say “first” or “second” for the server number, for example 3-6-second. Either way is correct. Note that the server number is for that service turn only. Whoever is on the right when the team gets the serve back is the first server for that service turn only. The next time that the team gets the serve back, it might be the other player that is on the right and is the first server for that service turn only.

SINGLES SCORING

Singles scoring is very similar except that there is no second server. The serve is always done from the right side when the server’s score is even and from the left side when the server’s score is odd. Note that it is the server’s score that matters, not the combined score of server and receiver.

It is recommended that the winner enter the score for the match and the opponent confirms it is correct. Only the Director is able to change a score that has already been entered. Please contact us at [email protected]

SCORE ENTRY

It is recommended that the winner enter the score for the match and the opponent confirms it is correct. However, either player\team may enter the scores. Once scores are entered they can not be change. If a posted score needs to be changed please contact [email protected]

FORFEIT WIN

A team CAN post a forfeit under the following situations:

  • when the opponent(s) is not available to play the match or does not respond to the opponent’s emails and phone calls
  • a match is cancelled with less than 24 hrs notice.
  • 20 minute default time. After 20 minutes, the waiting team has the option of taking the win by forfeit. The team has the option to waiting longer for the opponent to arrive. The waiting team should try to contact a late opponent via text or call.

RETIRED MATCHES

A retired match is when a match cannot continue due to injury, illness, personal reasons or disagreement. The score would be entered as any games played up to the point of the team retiring.

INCOMPLETE MATCHES

A match is considered incomplete when play has been started but cannot be completed. The score would be entered as any games played up to the point of stopping.

COURTS

The home team is responsible for reserving a court.  Matches can be played on any indoor or outdoor pickleball courts. If a designated pickleball court is not available a tennis court can be used and temporarily marked for pickleball. Home team would be responsible to mark the courts prior to designated match start time. Please see the USAPA guidelines for temporary court set up http://www.usapa.org/temporary-court-setup/ and DIY court setup http://www.usapa.org/do-it-yourself-guidelines/.

Teams also have the option of playing at their opponent’s courts (provided they are able to secure a court).

BALLS\PADDLES

Each Team is responsible to provide their own paddles. Home Team is responsible for providing the balls needed to play.

A list of approved balls for indoor and outdoor play can be found on the USAPA website 
http://ipickleball.org/rules/List%20of%20Approved%20Balls.pdf

A list of approved paddles can be found on the USAPA website http://ipickleball.org/rules/IFP_Paddle_Test_Results.pdf

INJURY\WITHDRAWALS

If a player is injured try to determine if the injury is temporary or the player can not complete the remainder of the season.

  • If the injury is temporary and the player will be able to complete the season please contact your opponents immediately to try and reschedule your remaining matches. Please note the opponent is not obligated to reschedule and may post a forfeit.
WITHDRAWN PLAYER - SINGLES

If the injury results in the player not being able to complete the season, please email [email protected]  immediately. We will attempt to replace an injured player. If we can not find a replacment the schedule will show "Withdrawn" in place of the player's name and contact info. If you were scheduled to play a withdrawn player, you may either post a forfeit or play a substitute player. A substitute player can be anyone in your division or anyone on the substitute list.

WITHDRAWN TEAMS - DOUBLES

If the injury results in the doubles team not being able to complete the season, please email [email protected]  immediately. We will attempt to replace an withdrawing team. If we can not find a replacment the schedule will show "Withdrawn" in place of the doubles team and contact info. If you were scheduled to play a withdrawn team, you may either post a forfeit or play a substitute team. A substitute team can be anyone in your division or anyone on the substitute list.

DOUBLES-Partner Replacement

If your partner becomes injured, we will allow a one time partner replacement for the season. Please contact [email protected] to begin the partner replacement process. Partner replacement will allow your team to complete the season provided that the player is added during the first three weeks of play. The replacement partner must create or have a profile in the Champion Pickleball system. Teams will not be eligible for playoffs if the partner replacement is made after three weeks of play.

STANDINGS

Flight standings will be determined by the following point system:  The winning team will receive 30 points, the losing team will receive 15 points. A forfeit will be recorded as 20 points for the winner.  A retired match will count as 20 points for the winner.

REFUNDS

Refunds will not be issued once the season had begun and schedules are posted

PLAYOFFS

Playoffs will be offered at the end of the Regular season. The teams with the highest point will be considered the Division Winner.

Players must choose to mark themselves available to be considered eligible for Playoffs.  

All division winners will automatically qualify for Playoffs, after that depending on the draw size a certain number of automatic qualifiers  will be placed in the draw as long as they have made themselves available to play.

Each Division Winner will receive a Pickleball bag tag. The winner of the City Final Playoff Match will receive an exciting prize too

CONFLICTS AND DISPUTES

Because a Champion Pickleball league representative is not present during matches, we cannot take one player's word over the other. Conflicts that occur during matches should be settled by the players on the court. Players are responsible for knowing the rules, enforcing them while on court and conducting themselves in a manner representative and adhering to the USAPA code of conduct regarding good sportsmanship http://www.usapa.org/usapa-code-of-conduct/. The majority of conflicts that occur during a match come down to players not understanding the basic rules and etiquette of the game. Disagreements between teams that are subjective in nature WILL NOT be ruled on by League Officials. We will not mediate matches or settle disputes between players regarding these types of conflicts. Players are expected to act in a mature, adult, sportsman-like manner and are on the honor system when resolving their own disputes.

While we will not make a ruling on subjective disputes and issues, we do want to be informed of all negative behavior. Players who encounter flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct are asked to report the incident to [email protected] so that a complaint may be logged and appropriate action taken.

These conflicts include:

  • Scoring Issues
  • Rude Behavior
  • Scheduling Difficulties

Champion Pickleball reserves the right to ban a player that has a history of unsportsmanlike conduct complaints filed against him/her.

Some tips to avoid issues and conflicts:

  • Call out scores loudly and clearly before the start of each point as well as each game. When a dispute in scoring occurs, players must go back to the last point or game in which they agree upon and resume the match from there.
  • Responding timely to phone calls/emails from opponents related to match scheduling
  • Playing matches on time and reporting scores accurately within the given time periods
  • Notifying opponents in advance when a match cannot be played for any reason
  • Arriving on time for matches
  • Understanding the rules and apply them fairly and honestly
  • Refraining from the use of profanity

The league is supposed to be fun, so please do your best to keep it that way!

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