Playing Tips

How To Play the Game

The Pickleball Association of Ontario, Pickleball Canada and the USA Pickleball Association follow the International Federation of Pickleball Rules as listed below.

The IFP published the first rulebook in 2010. The 2010 version of the rules was adapted with permission from the rulebook of the USAPA that was first published in March 1984. The latest version is available for download now Click here (or on the book cover below).

USAPA/IFP Rulebook


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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.



To get started click on the following video for an overview of the rules of the game. Then read each section and watch the videos to view some of the best players and teachers in the country teaching the basic strokes of pickleball.

Basic Pickleball Rules summary

Learning to Play Pickleball


aSingles Strategies
bDoubles Strategies

“100 Pickleball Strategies”: 1 hr. video series by Jeff Shank

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