IFP Official Rules

The International Federation of Pickleball

IFP-Logo-300To ensure consistency in rules and regulations wherever pickleball is played, the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) was organized to perpetuate the growth and advancement of pickleball throughout the world. The member organizations representing their respective countries have agreed to conduct the business of the IFP in conformance to the Constitution and By laws of the IFP. Member organizations of the IFP observe the “USAPA/IFP Official Tournament Rulebook”.


IFP Member Organizations

All India Pickleball Association (AIPA)

Pickleball France (assoc. member)

Pickleball Canada Organization

Pickleball Holland (assoc. member)

Pickleball Spain Organization

UK Pickleball Association (assoc. member)

USA Pickleball Association (USAPA)


USAPA/IFP Rulebook

The USAPA has adopted the rules of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). The IFP published the first rulebook in 2010. The 2010 version of the rules was adapted with permission from the rulebook of the USAPA that was first published in March 1984 and included revisions through March 28, 2010. The latest version is available for download now Click Here (or on the book cover).


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Purchase a Hard Copy

A durable spiral-bound copy of the USAPA/IFP Rulebook is available for purchase. Click here to buy.



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. You can also view and download a print-friendly copy of the Rules Summary here.

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