IFP Official Rules


USAPA/IFP Pickleball Rules

The original USAPA organization published the first pickleball rulebook in March, 1984.  When the USAPA re-established and re-incorporated 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 USAPA rulebook, with permission from USAPA.

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 “USAPA/IFP Official Tournament Rulebook” within their respective countries.



USAPA/IFP Rulebook

As with all IFP member countries, USAPA follows the rules adopted by the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). As of Feb. 1, 2019 the 2019 Edition is now available for download Click Here or on the 2019 cover below.


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2019 Rule Revisions

To aid in recognizing and understanding the rule changes, we are providing the 2019 Rulebook Revisions document. This document is not intended to cover every wording change, but is designed to guide you through the significant rule changes. Click here to view.


Purchase a Hard Copy

A durable spiral-bound copy of the 2019 USAPA/IFP Rulebook is now available for purchase at the USAPA 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.

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