Rule Updates: September 1, 2018 (for Fall League)
Legends Pickleball League
PICKLEBALL LEAGUE RULES
The following rules are a quick overview of how the game is played. There are rule modifications made to meet the Legends Pickleball League. All other rules will be governed by the USA Pickleball Association. Legends Pickleball League reserves the right to modify or change league rules or match play for the betterment of the leagues.
1. Eligibility and Overview
A) All players must be 18 years of age and older to participate. Or with parent/guardian or have parent permission form.
B) This league is played as doubles and singles based on self-rated skill level of both players.
C) A team consists of two players. Teams can use a substitute for a player (must be the similar skill level) to fill in if one of the main two players is absent. If both main players are absent the matches will be declared forfeits.
1. Substitution can be a player from the same league or skill level.
2. The league has a Substitution List - contact us as soon as you know you cannot make a match.
D) League play is doubles format; consisting of men’s, women’s or mixed.
E) Legends Pickleball League will provide game balls. Players are responsible for their own paddles.
F) Teams will be scheduled best of 3 games per match. First two games are to 15 by 2. The third game is to 11 by 2.
Remember, this is NOT BEST 2 OF 3! PLAY ALL 3 GAMES!
G) A players at the end of each match should record their score, using the Legends Pickleball League score cards or email score to
H) Standings will be on the basis of:
1) OVERALL match Win/Loss
2) Tie-Breaker #1 - Head to Head
3) Tie-Breaker #2 - Overall Game Win/Loss
1. All teams make the playoffs - Seedings are based on standings per above.
2. Determining Serving Team
A) First team listed on schedule goes 1st.
3. The Serve
A) The serve must be made underhand.
1.) Section 4 of the IFP Rulebook, 4.A.1: Underhand Defined.
The arm must be moving in an upward arc and the paddle head shall be below the wrist when it strikes the ball (paddle head is that part of the paddle excluding handle. The highest point of the paddle head cannot be above any part of line formed where the wrist joint bends).
B) Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).
C) The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact the baseline or court until after the ball is struck.
D) The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.