Create a Sanctioned Tournament
For USAPA-Sanctioned Tournaments, the USAPA has adopted the rules for IFP-Sanctioned tournaments as defined in the Official Tournament Rulebook of the International Federation of Pickleball. These sanctioning rules are designed to be used only for the conduct of USAPA-sanctioned tournaments. A USAPA-sanctioned tournament allows players to be ranked on a national basis. Non-sanctioned tournaments may also use these sections as guidelines.
Tournament directors for non-sanctioned tournaments may be flexible in the use of these guidelines to better fit the skills, ages, and diversity of their players. The USAPA enthusiastically encourages these non-sanctioned tournaments to promote knowledge, growth of the game, skill development, and having fun while playing pickleball.
For details on creating and running a tournament, please see our Tournament Director Guide.
Liability and Participant Accident Insurance
USAPA has a General Liability Policy and Participant Accident Policy (PDF) that provides the required liability coverage for all USAPA-sanctioned tournaments in the U.S., so long as the tournament director receives advance sanctioning approval from the USAPA and follows USAPA rules. In addition, all USAPA members will receive secondary accident insurance up to $25,000 for medical expenses ,with a $1,000 deductible, for injuries incurred while playing in a sanctioned tournament. Tournament Directors may also request a certificate for proof of insurance (PDF) if it is required by the owner of the venue. The certificate should be requested at least 30 days before the start of the tournament. A certificate will be issued after receipt of the sanction/insurance fee. To help defray the significant cost of this insurance, the USAPA has instituted a tournament sanctioning fee based on the following schedule:
- Tier 5 – $50
- Tier 4 – $50
- Tier 3 – $75
- Tier 2 – $100
- Tier 1 – $125
For most tournaments, the fee will amount to less than $1 per player. The fee will apply to all tournaments that are sanctioned from July 1, 2010 forward. The fee must be paid prior to receiving sanctioning.
Certificate of Insurance Request Form (PDF)
Use this form if the venue owner requires a certificate of insurance for your sanctioned tournament.
Sample Registration Form (Word doc file) (need to modify for your tournament)
Results Reporting Form
This form should be used for reporting results for all tournaments except when using USAPA tournament software or other approved software. If using approved software, report the results in the tournament brackets.
USAPA strongly encourages tournament directors to use tournament software such as PickleballTournaments.com.
The software assists in creating brackets and results can be filled in online so that results and the filled in brackets are published instantly. Tournament directors of larger tournaments, those with 100 or more entries, should consider using the PickleballTournaments.com software as it provides a number of great options and event documentation.
Contact the USAPA Tournament Coordinator for additional information: Send an e-mail inquiry