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. The latest version is available for download now Click Here (or on the book cover).


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2018 Major Rule Revisions

To aid in recognizing and understanding the key rule changes, we are providing the
2018 Major 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 2018 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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