Pickleball Rules

I. Sportsmanship: LXC Sports is dedicated to providing a safe and fun sporting environment. All participants should keep this in mind when becoming involved. Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Any behavior deemed unacceptable by the LXC staff may result in suspension and/or ejection from a game or the league. Each league will have at least LXC Crew Staff Member. Abuse of officials, referees, opposing players and other LXC staff will not be tolerated. 

  ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS ALLOWED. Drinks must either be in cups, plastic bottles, or in koozies.


II. Equipment and Field of Play

  1. LXC will provide the nets and balls
    1. Teams must bring their own paddles.
  2. The field of play is rectangular, 44 feet long by 20 feet wide, divided into 2 halves by a center dividing net.
  3. Each half has a line that is 7 feet away and parallel with the net. This indicates a no-volley zone or the Kitchen

III.  Teams/Substitutions

  1. Each team consists of 2 players.
  2. Mixed - There are no gender restrictions
  3. Men's - Two male players required
  4. Women's - Two female players required


IV. Game Duration

  1. Matches will be 3 games for the official score
    1. All three games must be played. The total games won out of 3 will be recorded
    2. If a team decided to quit after 2 games. The opponent will receive an automatic win for the 3rd game
    3. If there is additional time in the hour, teams are encouraged to keep playing for fun until the time is up
      1. Games will be to 11 points and win by 2. Cap at 13


V. The Start of Play

  1. Team captains will play rock, paper, scissors. The winner can choose to serve first or the side of the court they prefer.


VI. Serving

  1. The ball is served underhand and diagonally to the opponent's service court
  2. Player A serves  If Team AB wins the point, Player A switches positions with Player B and serves. This continues until Player A faults. After Player A faults, Player B serves. After Player B faults, the serve goes to the other team.
  3. The serve CAN bounce before making contact with the servers paddle .
  4. Serves must cross the non-volley line on the opponent's side
  5. If the serve lands in the non-volley zone or on the non-volley line, it is considered a fault, and the other team gets the ball
  6. Serves must be made underhand and below the waist
  7. The server must be positioned behind the baseline and on their quadrant of the court
  8. Only one serve attempt is allowed
  9. Let serves are now considered IN play.
  10. 10.The Double-Bounce Rule
    1. 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.
    2. After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either hit the ball before it bounces or play it off a bounce.
  1. Any ball that lands on the line is considered in.




VII. Scoring

  1. Serve to score
  2. A point is scored if the returning team fails to return the ball or if the returning team commits a fault.

VIII. Faults

  1. A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation.
  2. The ball is hit into the net on the serve or any return
  3. The ball is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side
  4. The ball is hit out of bounds
  5. A ball is volleyed from the non-volley zone
  6. A ball bounces twice before being struck by the receiver
  7. A player, player’s clothing, or any part of a player’s paddle touches the net or the net post when the ball is in play
  8. There is a violation of a service rule
  9. A ball in play strikes a player or anything the player is wearing or carrying
  10. 10.A ball in play strikes any permanent object before bouncing on the court


IX.  Non-Volley Zone aka "the Kitchen"

  1. The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net
  2. Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone
  3. 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 associated lines
  4. 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
  5. A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball


X.  Cancellations/Rainouts/Snowouts

  1. Makeup weeks are built into the end of each season unless otherwise specified.
  2. All players will be notified via text/email if games are canceled
  3. Team captains will be notified via text message if there is less than an hour notice for canceled games (including forfeits if we know about them ahead of time)
  4. If more than one cancellation occurs LXC will try to find another week if possible but is not guaranteed.
  5. Should inclement weather or other factors limit normally scheduled game duration and more than half the game has been played, the game shall count as the full game


XI. Forfeits

  1. Teams have until 10 minutes past the designated start time to field the minimum requirement
  2. A forfeit will be scored 5-0
  3. LXC Officials will make every effort to complete a forfeited game with a mixed set of remaining players
  4. If your team is going to forfeit a game, PLEASE call or text our office (502-384-7529) or email havefun@lxcsports.com
    1. First Forfeit - Loss of game and warning issued
    2. Second Forfeit - Loss of game and LXC reserves the right to remove the team from playoffs
    3. Third Forfeit - Loss of game and removal from the league with no refund
  1. Please notify us early if you have to forfeit. If we have enough notice it gives us a chance to find a replacement team for your opponent to play

XII. League Schedule

  1. All teams are scheduled for 6 matches minimum
  2. The top teams will make the single-elimination tournament on the 7th week
    1. The number of teams that qualify will vary depending on the number of teams in your league and court space available

XIII. Standings

  1. Standings are sorted by winning % first
  2. If the winning % is a tie, the standings are then sorted by head-to-head match-up wins
    1. If 3 or more teams are tied, it goes to the next tie-breaker of average games won per match
  1. If the head-to-head records are still tied, the standings are then sorted by average games won per match
  2. If after games won there is still a tie, the standings are then calculated by registration date, the earliest team to register for that season will be ranked higher in the standings

XIV. End of Season Tournament

  1. Rosters will be checked at the beginning of games and teams can not have subs unless approved by LXC.
  2. Tournament Format:
    1. A single-elimination tournament will be played on week 7 on the same day of the week that the league is scheduled
    2. The top teams qualify for the tournament
      1. The number of teams will vary depending on the total number of teams in the league and available court space
    3. Each match is best of 3 games
    4. The tournament will be played out all in one night

LXC Sports and Social Club

812 Lyndon Lane

Suite 202

Louisville, KY 40242

(502) 384-7529


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