USA Pickleball/IFP Rules

The original USAPA organization published the first pickleball rulebook in March, 1984.  When the USAPA re-established and re-incorporated as the USA Pickleball Association in 2005, the book was reviewed and amended to resemble the rules used today.  Shortly after its formation in 2010, the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) adopted the USA Pickleball Association rulebook, with permission from USA Pickleball Association.

This was an important step for international growth as the adoption of a singular rulebook ensures consistency in game play and regulations wherever pickleball is played.  The full IFP member and affiliate member organizations representing their respective countries have all agreed to observe the "USA Pickleball/IFP Official Tournament Rulebook" within their respective countries.



USA Pickleball/IFP Rulebook

As with all IFP member countries, USA Pickleball follows the rules adopted by the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). As of Jan. 15, 2020 the 2020 Edition is now available for download Click Here or on the cover below.

The USA Pickleball is pleased to release the 2020 Official Rulebook. The review process started in April of this year and has included the work of well over 35 volunteer USA Pickleball members and staff along the way. Accompanying the Rulebook is a ‘Rules Change Document’ (see the 2020 Rule Revisions below). It attempts to provide reasons behind the changes, in some cases with example scenarios.  Readers may find it helpful to become familiar with it first.

If you have any comments that should be considered for the 2021 Rulebook, please click here.


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2020 Rule Revisions

To aid in recognizing and understanding the rule changes, we are providing rulebook revision documents. These documents are not intended to cover every wording change, but are designed to guide you through the significant rule changes.

Click here to view 2020 Changes


Purchase a Hard Copy

A durable spiral-bound copy of the USA Pickleball/IFP Rulebook is now available for purchase at the USA Pickleball Retail Store! (Click here).


Pickleball Rules Summary

Looking for a basic overview of the rules?  Click Here to see our page of abbreviated rules.  You can watch a  short 'pickleball rules' video on this page as well.