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ON COURT RULES AND ETIQUETTE

All members are reminded the goal is to provide an environment where all players can play the game to the best of their ability and, most importantly, “have fun” while doing so.

 All play shall be by the official rules of pickleball as set out by the IFP (International Federation of Pickleball).

http://ipickleball.org/rules/pbrules- ifp.pdf

Fair play and sportsmanship are keys to success and enjoyment in any sport. To ensure safety and smooth sailing on the pickleball courts, Vancouver Pickleball Association (VPA) requests that players follow our On Court Rules and Etiquette.

·         If your ball is hit on or behind an adjacent court call BALL or BALL IN so they can stop play before someone trips on a ball. If you see a ball on your opponents court stop play by raising your hand or calling BALL. Stopping is NOT optional. Once stopped there is an automatic re-serve.

·         The server shall call out the score before each and every point to ensure all know the score and are ready to play.

·       Players shall call the lines on their side of net. The opponents get the benefit of the doubt on all line calls. No player should question an opponent’s call unless asked.

·         You and your partner are responsible for calling service line and kitchen foot faults on yourselves. Don't call service line or kitchen foot faults on the opponents - let the opponents make those calls.

·         Play with everyone. Take time once in a while to play with weaker players – they will be thrilled to have the experience! Remember, if a stronger player is on the court with you, hit to them and often, it will make you a better player plus keep the game interesting for all who are playing. If you are playing with weaker players work on shots that they can return and learn from.

·         Unsolicited coaching on the courts is not to be done. If someone asks for your input, offer a tip or two after your game once you are off the court, so as not to detract from the flow of the game and/or distract your opponents.

·         Acknowledge your opponents at the beginning of the game. If you are playing unfamiliar players, introduce yourself at the beginning of play. At the end of the game meet at the net and tap paddles and say something positive like “thanks for the game” or “nice play”.

·         Once your game is complete, call out the court number so the next group waiting know it is their turn to play.

·         When going on or off a court DO NOT WALK ON OR BEHIND A COURT while play is continuing. WAIT for the completion of play before crossing a court. Proceed on or off at a brisk pace when interrupting a game.