LEAGUE RULES

OVERVIEW

Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves. Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be played with singles or doubles.

BEGINNING OF THE GAME AND PLAY FORMAT

• One game of Rock, Paper, Scissors will be played to determine the team that serves first. The winning team will have one of two options: choose to serve first or choose which side they prefer to play on, (not both). Each game will use the Side-Out Scoring System. That means that in all games, you must be serving to score a point.

Matches will consist of games played to 11 (First team to 11 wins – you need to win by two, cap at 13). Each game should take 10-15 minutes. Championship matches can be subject to different formats.

TEAM SIZE

• Two Players on court – no gender specifics
– Teams with less than 2 players will forfeit their game unless the other team is willing to play you with a minimum of one player. Teams may have as many players on their roster as they want. All rosters must be finalized by the third week of the regular season. Players added after the second week, not on the team roster or waiver will not be eligible for playoffs. No substitutions are allowed mid-match. Players can sub in/out only before a match begins.

REFEREES

• All games will be self-reffed. Teams will call all scores before each serve, and be responsible for calling the ball “in” or “out”. All players are expected to be honest throughout the league. If there is a situation where teams are having trouble with this, HUB staff member on site will help out if he/she can. Teams will report their game scores to the HUB staff member on site.

FORFEITS

• Matches will be forfeited 10 minutes past the designated start time that the legal amount of players are not present. Teams/Payers that forfeit more than once will be subject to removal from the playoffs. All teams consenting to play a legal game with less than the allowed minimum waive their right to a forfeit win. Teams may pick up players during the regular season in order to field a full team. Substitutes will not be allowed during playoffs.

GAME TIMES

• Teams/Players will receive a schedule that will list when their team will play each week. Individual game times will vary based on specific league formats.

SCORING

• A team shall score a point only when serving. A player who is serving shall continue to do so until a fault is made by his/her team. While playing doubles, each player on a team shall keep serving until their team makes a fault, then the serve moves to the opposing team – this is called a Side Out. The game is played to 11 points, however a team must win by 2 points. There will be a cap at 13 points.

SERVING

• Serves are to be made diagonally, starting with the right-hand service-square and alternating each serve.
• The serve must clear the “kitchen” (seven-foot non-volley zone) in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court.
• Serves should always be done underhand with the paddle below the waist, and the server must keep both feet behind the back line when serving.
• The ball should be hit into the air without being bounced.
• A serve in which the ball touches the net but still lands within the appropriate service court is a good serve and should be played.
• A serve that hits the non-volley zone line is out.
• At the start of each new game, the 1st serving team is allowed only one fault before giving up the ball to the opponents. Thereafter both members of each team will serve and fault before the ball is turned over to the opposing team. When the receiving team wins the serve, the player in the right-hand court will always start play.

VOLLEYS

• To volley means to hit a ball in the air without first letting it bounce. In Pickleball, this can only be done when the player’s feet are behind the non-volley zone line or “kitchen” (seven feet behind the net). Note: It is a fault if the player steps over the line on his volley follow-through.

DOUBLE-BOUNCE RULE

• Also called the “Two Bounce Rule”, each team must play their first shot off of the bounce. That is, the receiving team must let the serve bounce and the serving team must let the return of the serve bounce before playing it. Once these two bounces have occurred, the ball can either be volleyed or played off the bounce.

FAULT

• A fault is committed when the ball. Touches any part of the non-volley zone on the serve (including the line). Is hit out of bounds. Does not clear the net. Is volleyed from the non-volley zone. Is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side following service.

HUB SPORTS BOSTON RESERVES THE RIGHT TO UPDATE AND CHANGE RULES AT ANY TIME IN THE SEASON.

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