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Rules & Etiquette

 

 

USA Pickleball Association official rules shall govern play. Full list of rules can be found at www.usapa.org.

 

Highlights

 

  1. Judgement calls are the sole responsibility of the player(s) on the receiving side, with integrity being of paramount importance.
  2. No player should question an opponent’s call unless asked. A player should ask the opponent’s opinion if the opponent was in a better position to see the call. An opponent’s opinion, if requested, shall be accepted.
  3. Any ball that cannot be called “out” is presumed to be “in.” The player cannot claim a “let” (replay) because the ball was not seen.
  4. It is the responsibility of the server to announce the score before each point. If there is a dispute about the score, it should be settled at this point- not after the serve.

Key Local Rules:

  1. Make sure your name is on your paddle.  
  2. If a ball enters the court from another court, play is halted by a player calling “Ball” or “Ball on the Court” and the point re-started.
  3. The person on the side of the court closest to the entry gate will serve first
  4. When sun is a consideration or issue, players should agree before the start of the game that they will switch sides once one team has scored at least half the points needed to win the game.
  5. When there are two courts available and there are:
  1. 2-4 players waiting the next two players will play winners of next finished game with one of the winners going to other side. Games are played to 11 points winning by 2.
  2. 5-7 Players waiting use a single stack with the next four players taking the next available court. Games are played to 9 points winning by 2.
  3. 9 or more players waiting use winners/loser’s stacks taking 4 from each stack alternately when the next court is available.
  1. The players next in line to play on the next available court are called the “on deck” players.  They should be aware they are on deck and ready to play when the next game ends.
  2. When players come in late they are to place their rackets at the bottom of a stack.  No exceptions.
  3. If four players want to play together they can do so by tying or using a rubber band to group their rackets together at the position of the lowest of the four
  4. When a game is over the players who want to play again shall place their rackets at the bottom of a stack.
  5. Any player may move their racket down in the stack but never up in the stack.
  6. If a player on the serving/hitting side of the court makes a call on the ball whether in or out without the receiving team deferring to them, then the ball will be counted out of bounds.
  7. Spectators should NEVER make a call on a line fault.
  8. Spectators should NEVER be asked to make a call on a line fault.
  9. Servers please announce the score loudly enough for opponent side to plainly hear the score.

Safety

  1. Hydrate. This means “drink water”. This means YOU. Especially on those hot days. Drink BEFORE you are thirsty. Otherwise it’s too late.
  2. If a ball comes onto your court from another court, STOP PLAY AT ONCE. Same if you hear “Ball on the Court!” yelled.
  3. Stretch before and AFTER playing. We know, we know, everyone says that, we all say we do it, but we don’t. So be a trend-setter and do it.
  4. If you are returning a dead ball to another player please do not bend over and swat it back rolling on the ground. Be courteous and pick it up and toss/bounce it or gently hit it so they don’t have to run after it. Please be courteous to those of us that have trouble bending over to pick up balls.
  5. For those that are so inclined, please do not dive for balls.
  6. If someone falls and hurts themselves roll them off the court so play can continue* or hold your hand up and call time and tend to the person that needs help. Especially in the summer, the court gets hot and someone who has hurt the foot/ankle may not be able to get up but is getting burned by the court. Just be aware.

* Not really

New Players

The Burke Centre Pickleball Club WELCOMES new players.  If a new player shows up unannounced without an existing member, please introduce them to the players and let them know if they are new and if they have previously played Pickleball. If a new player is accompanied by an existing member please make sure they are introduced and welcomed by the players.  We all want new players to feel welcomed and want them to continue coming out to play.

If a new player has never played before and there is a court available, then someone should take them to the available court and explain some of the basic rules and practice hitting it back and forth.  Once you think they are ready put them in the queue to play a game and announce that we have a beginner, so the other players will play an easy game that is meant to help the new player.  Explain the rules and strategy as the game progresses.

Our Place to Play

Landings Tennis Courts –

6601 Cove Landing Rd Burke, Va. 22015        

Schedule - Mon, Wed 6:30PM, Sat 10:00AM

Mott Center

Once a month Indoor Pickleball on Saturday’s from 2:30-4:30

Mott Center, 12111 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

http://burkepickleball.net/mott.html

Points of Contact

Chairperson – Patti Stevens patti59.stevens@gmail.com

Scheduling - Robert Lynch  robert.lynch1@verizon.net

Registration – Nora noraannfarrell@yahoo.com

Rules – Gary Hill garydhill@gmail.com

Webmaster – Steve Goering burkepickleball@gmail.com

Burke Center Pickleball Club Website http://www.burkepickleball.net

Burke Centre Conservancy - www.burkecentreweb.com

US Pickleball Association - www.usapa.org