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Pickleball Rules

Impact Team Pickleball (ITP) reserves the right to change rules at any time without notice.

All ITP matches are governed by The International Pickleball Federation’s Rules of Pickleball. ITP Local League Directors have the authority to institute any local rules or regulations to make sure that the league operates smoothly and safely as long as they aren’t specifically addressed in the Rules of Pickleball or the ITP League Rules listed below:

In ITP, the scoring is regular scoring, not rally. You must serve to win a point.

A team match consists of six games and includes one set of women’s and men’s singles and doubles, and two sets of mixed doubles (mixed doubles is always played last). Each game is won by the first team to reach fifteen (15) points. There is no tiebreaker played at 14-14. The team that serves and wins the next point, wins the set.

On two courts, order of sets will be: Women’s and Men’s Doubles, then Women’s and Men’s Singles, and then Two Sets of Mixed Doubles (always played last). The home team determines the order of play. Therefore, teams should have two men and two women on site to begin the match.

Six set format (two mixed doubles sets): Both captains’ must submit the starting line-up to the opposing team captain before the start of each set. Each team captain has until the end of the three-minute break between sets to submit the starting line-up for the next set. Once the line-ups are submitted to the other captain, any changes made to the line-up will count as a substitution. The winner of the team match will be the team that wins the most games. If a captain wants to use text messages to communicate line-ups to another captain, both captains must agree upon this before the team match starts. Please refer to the ITT Scorecard to determine the set numbers.

Set #1 is Women’s Doubles, Set #2 is Men’s Doubles, etc. When playing the six set format, sets 1, 3 and 5 on the ITT scorecard will be played on a designated court while sets 2, 4 and 6 will be played on another designated court. Players cannot play in both mixed doubles sets. For purposes of determining whether a match will go into Overtime, set number six will be the deciding factor. After both mixed doubles sets are finished and scores are recorded and totaled, the procedure is as follows:

  • If the leading team won Set #6, the match is over.
  • If the trailing team won Set #6, the match continues into
  • Overtime until the leading team wins one point or until the score is tied. (See EXPLANATION OF TIEBREAKERS: Supertiebreaker if a tie occurs.)
  • If the overall score ends tied, you automatically begin the
    Supertiebreaker. Overtime is a continuation of the sixth set. The doubles team in Set #6 should be designated as the strongest mixed doubles team. Once a player has come out of any mixed doubles set, a player cannot return in Overtime. The first person to serve in Overtime is the person who was next to serve at the end of the sixth set. This Overtime rule gives the trailing team a chance to make a comeback. It also emphasizes the importance of the mixed doubles set.

A team can at any point substitute a player (same gender) into a set for any reason. Once a player is replaced, he/she cannot return in that set. If a substitution occurs in doubles, the remaining player cannot change the side on which he/she receives or the service order. In mixed doubles, partners may not switch which side he/she will receive from or change the serving order.

In ITP, you warm up with your teammates prior to the team match starting. All team matches have a scheduled warmup time of at least ten minutes prior to the match. A five-minute warm-up is allowed between sets. The only warm-up time allowed for the first sets is the ten-minute warm-up time prior to the team match starting. Team matches will start promptly at the designated start time. This must be adhered to so that all sets will be completed in the time allotted. There is no warm-up time for substitutes coming into the match.

The home team will be determined by the schedule of the league coordinator or tournament director. The home team also decides the order of play.

After one team reaches eight points, teams will change ends. This is the only time people will change ends.

Let’s will be played. When a serve hits the net and bounces within the service court, the ball is playable. Either person may return a let serve.

Coaching is allowed throughout the match as long as it does not interfere with continuous play. Spectators cannot coach. Only the two players (singles) or four players (doubles and mixed doubles) can make the line calls.

If the home or away team player does not show up on time for his/her match, there will be a 15-minute default time. If during the default time, the player does show up, there will be no additional warm-up time allotted to the arriving player.

EX: A team does not have any female players at 7:15pm. At 7:25pm, a female player shows up for the team, the arriving female player is not allowed any additional warm-up time. If a set is defaulted, the score should be recorded as 15-0 in favor of the players present. The default rule will not apply when the missing player is on court playing a previous match. If a player defaults during a set and cannot be substituted, the score will be recorded with the games played standing with the opposing team receiving 15 points. Full team defaults will be recorded 15-0 in each set with no players being recorded.

If the match enters into a Supertiebreaker, where the overall score is tied, a coin toss will decide who chooses serve, receive, side, or defer. The Supertiebreaker is mixed doubles and should be treated as a new set and substitutions are allowed. Either player on the serving team may serve first. In addition, court positions may be changed (i.e. person who played forehand position may switch to play backhand position). The scoring format for the supertiebreaker is rally scoring—all points played, count. The team designated to start by the coin toss serves until they lose a point. The format is as follows:

  • The serving team chooses their first server (Player A), who serves from the right side of the court.
  • They win the first point, making the score 1-0.