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United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC)
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #107. San Diego CA 92111
Tele. (858) 571-9919; FAX: (858) 571-1641; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) P.O. Box 7354
Surprise AZ 85374
Men’s and Women’s Individual events will be offered in the following age categories: 18 – 29 50 – 59
30 – 39 60 – 69
40 – 49 70+
Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles events will be offered in the following age categories: 18 – 29 50 – 59
30 – 39 60 – 69
40 – 49 70+
Pickleball Court – Maximum of 2 players on a team, plus a non-playing coach.
Tournament format will be double elimination play with the first person/team to win 2 out of 3 games; each game is played to 11, win by 2.
The USPFC reserve the right to change the tournament format depending on entry numbers, space restrictions or other circumstances.
Awards will be presented to 1st through 3rd place for each event within each age division.
Sport Coordinator: Supervises all facets of event.
Assistant Coordinator: When using more than one venue the Coordinator must ensure that an Assistant Coordinator is at each venue during competition.
Credentials Official: This person works under the supervision of the Sports Coordinator, and is responsible for verifying that each player in each game is properly credentialed (competitor pass and agency identification). If multiple venues are utilized, one Credentials Official must be assigned to each venue.
Line Judges: The line judge plays an important role in officiating pickleball medal matches [Rule 14.C]. The job entails more than staring at the assigned line and calling balls “out.” Although calling the assigned line is the primary responsibility, a line judge is a vital component of the officiating team and at any time may be asked for his/her opinion regarding other actions that occur during the match [Rule 14.I].
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Generally, line judges are used only during medal matches [Rule 14.E.a], and even then, it may be only during Gold Medal matches. This typically is due to a shortage of people willing to line judge — not to mention qualified people willing to line judge. One reason for the shortage is that medal matches routinely take place later in the day when players who have been eliminated from competition have departed the venue. Another reason is the absence of documented standards and procedures that clearly explain the line judge’s tasks. This Line Judge Guide is intended to change that.
This Line Judge Guide contains the USAPA/IFP standards and procedures for line judging and the responsibilities of referees working in unison with line judges. Duplicate information is contained in the USAPA Referee Handbook and Referee Trainer Guide.
In many cases the need for line judges is filled by pleading for anyone not playing in a match to man a line judge position. Due to a shortage of line judge candidates the person who ultimately volunteers may or may not be qualified. Generally, lack of qualification is overlooked just to fill the position.
Two-line judges shall be assigned to all medal round game. All line judges must have a copy of, and be familiar with the USPFC Pickleball Rules prior to the start of competition.
Scorekeeper: Each team will keep their own score and report back to the coordinator after the game is complete.
Check-in table workers: the Host must provide a minimum of one (1) person to work the competitor check-in table located at each venue each day of competition. They work under the direct supervision of the Sport Coordinator and must be familiar with the USPFC rules for competitor check-in procedures.
Basic medical supplies must be provided by the Host at each site for competitors, including, ice packs, bandages, and elastic wrap.
Communications shall be available at each venue and preparations made in case it is necessary to summon emergency services.
Pickleball designated facility.
A minimum of eight courts are required. Scheduling of games should facilitate as little travel and change of locations as possible.
If possible, the venues should be made available to competitors for familiarization and practice the day prior to the tournament.
Game balls: Host shall provide one game ball in new or very good condition for each court. Each team is responsible for providing their own pickleball paddles and practice balls.
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Bracket Charts: Large bracket charts shall be clearly posted at each venue and updated so that the competitors will know where and when they are scheduled to play their next game.
Miscellaneous Equipment: Pencils, clipboards, scorebooks, chairs, and seating for competitors. Water and/or liquid refreshments shall be provided by the Host for competitors.
Double Elimination: Bracketing Rules.
NOTE: This event may be bracketed as ROUND ROBIN (POOL PLAY) with Single Elimination finals to allow for more games played if Host has sufficient courts, and with the approval of the USPFC.
Schedule for four (4) days of competition. Allow for 20 minutes per game. There is a five (5) minute forfeit rule in effect.
GENERAL SPORTS RULES for Pickleball
Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles. Doubles are most common. Same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles.
A team will have a maximum of two (2) players on the court. A team will forfeit the game if there are not two (2) players on the court. A team must have two (2) players on the court to start a game or a forfeit will be called.
• Must be made underhand.
• Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (naval level).
• The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact
the baseline or court until 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, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on
the serve and lands in the proper service court; let serves are replayed).
• 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.
• As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a
fault is committed and the first server loses the serve.
• When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the
court (except for the first service sequence of the game*).
• The second server continues serving until his/her team commits a fault and loses the
serve to the opposing team.
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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 double bounce rule eliminated the serve and volley advantage and extends rallies.
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- Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right-hand court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.
- In singles, the server serves from the right-hand court when his or her score is even and from the left when the score is odd.
*At the beginning od each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team.
• Points are scored only by the serving team.
• Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.
• When serving teams score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in
the game for that team will be in the right-side court when serving or receiving; when odd
(1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left-side court when serving or receiving. Double Bounce Rule:
• The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.
• Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from
executing smashes from a position within the zone.
• It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including
the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or
carrying to touch the non-volley zone, including the associates lines.
• It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-
volley zone, even if the volleyed ball is declared dead before this happens.
• A player may be legally in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball. • The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen”.
• A ball contacting any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in”. • A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and a fault.
• A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation.
• A fault by the receiving team results in a point for the serving team.
• A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of service or side out. • A fault occurs when:
- A serve does not land within the confines of the receiving court
- The ball is hit into the net on the serve or any return
- The ball is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side
- The ball is hit out of bounds
- A ball is volleyed from the non-volley zone
- A ball bounces twice before being struck by the receiver
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- A player, a player’s clothing, or any part of a player’s paddle touches the net or the net post when the ball is on play
- There is a violation of a service rule
- The ball in plat strikes a player or anything the player is wearing or carrying
- A ball in play strikes any permanent object before bouncing on the court
Determining Serving Team – Players use a coin toss to determine who will serve first. The winner of the coin toss will have the option to choose side or to serve or receive.
NOTE: Any serious violation of conduct, such as fighting or violence toward players or officials, will result in the player(s) immediate ejection from that game and his/her automatic suspension from his/her team’s next scheduled game. The event coordinator will immediately notify the USPFC, which will investigate each incident to determine if additional discipline is to be imposed.
A maximum of 45 sets of medals (1st through 3rd place) will be needed. USPFC will advise you of the number of sets needed based on total entries, plus a reasonable margin.
THE GENERAL RULES APPLY TO ALL SPORTS.
YOU MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH ITS CONTENTS.
PRECISE RESULTS MUST BE FORWARDED
TO THE HOST COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SPORT
The USPFC Director assigned to your sport is knowledgeable and experienced in providing assistance during the preparation and running of the sport. Questions, a detailed accounting of your preparations, and any area requiring approval of the USPFC shall be submitted in a timely
manner to this USPFC Director.
The USPFC Directors want to work with you to make your sport a success.
PLEASE USE THE USPFC DIRECTORS AS A RESOURCE.