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.
As with all IFP member countries, USAPA has adopted and follows the rules of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). 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.