Social pickleball leagues are played without referees. Scoring and adjudicating from teams are based on a honesty and respect for the opposition. Each session will have a pickleball supervisor to assist with coaching, rules and player behaviour.
Weekly matches: 2 x 30 min rounds against 2 different opponents. Team who wins most 11 point sets during 30 mins wins match. Matches must be won by 2 points or more. If sets are drawn after 30 mins team leading points in current team deemed winner. If sets and points are drawn the match will be considered draws.
Win 2 points
Draw 1 point
Loss 0 points
Bonus point- Each set won earns 1 bonus point (winning and losing teams can earn bonus points)
Pickleball basic rules
Like tennis the ball must always stay in bounds to be in play. This means that the pickleball has to stay within the white lines on either side of the court when in play.
Volley serves and drop serves must be made underhand.
Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).
The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact the baseline or court until after the ball is struck.
The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.
Only one serve attempt is allowed (let serves are allowed).
Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault *(except for the first service sequence of each new game).
The first serve of each side-out is made from the right-hand court.
If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left-hand court.
Points are scored only by the serving team.
Sets are played to 11 points, win by 2.
When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces.
After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
The non-volley zone is the court area (kitchen zone) within 2m on both sides of the net.
Players cannot volley in the kitchen zone.
A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball.
The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen.”