Pickleball is a Tier 3 event. The structure of play (e.g., round robin, single elimination) will be determined by the number of players that show up.
The number of players advancing to the Regimental Tournament will be between four (4) and sixteen (16), and depends upon quality of play in Challenge Tournaments.
Desired roster size is two (2) players per company. No more than six (6) players per company may participate.
Per published schedule, players report at 1600 to the Deas Hall Gymnasium. Players are randomly assigned to a tournament bracket and/or round robin, and play until eliminated or win the bracket or pool. Players must play in a minimum of two (2) Challenge Tournaments to be eligible to advance to the Regimental Tournament. Players will be ranked by their win-loss record. Ties are broken by points scored (most), points scored against (least).
The first side scoring 11 points and leading by at least a 2-point margin wins. Only the serving side can score points.
The ball is served underhand and without bouncing it off the court. The first serve of each side-out is made from the right-hand court. If a point is scored, the server switches sides and initates the next serve from the left-hand court. The server continues switching back-and-forth until a fault is committed and server loses the serve.
Following the serve, each side must make at least one groundstroke, before volleying the ball (hitting it before it has bounced).
A player cannot volley a ball while standing in the dead zone, which is the area of the court bounded by the two sidelines, the non-volley line, and the net.
It is a fault when
- the serve touches the ceiling or walls.
- the serve lands on or inside the non-volley line.
- the serve hits out-of-bounds.
- the serve hits the net and lands out-of-bounds. It is a service let if the ball hits the net and lands legally within opponent’s court.
- opponent fails to return the ball.
- the ball hits floor out-of-bounds.
The United States Pickleball Association governs all other rules.