USAPA SECTION 16 – WHEELCHAIR SPECIFIC RULES

  1. A. Basic Play

The wheelchair is considered part of the player’s body and all applicable rules that apply to a player’s body will apply to the wheelchair except in non-volley zone as listed below.

All applicable rules which apply to standing players apply to those in a wheelchair except as listed below.

  1. B. Two Bounce Rule 

The wheelchair pickleball player is allowed two bounces of the ball on his or her side of the net. The

second bounce can be anywhere inside or outside of the court boundaries.

  1. C. Service 
  1. C.1. Server shall be in stationary position, and then allowed one push before striking ball.
  1. C.2. At the time the server strikes the ball, the server shall not touch with any wheel: any baselines,

sidelines, center lines or the extended center or sidelines.

  1. D. Non-Volley Zone (NVZ) (two bounce rule applies)
  1. D.1. When a wheelchair player strikes a ball in the NVZ, on a volley, it is a fault only

if the larger-rear wheels contact NVZ.

  1. D.2. Upon exiting the NVZ, after striking a bounced ball, the player’s larger-rear wheels must return

to outside the NVZ boundaries (so no rear wheel contact is made in the NVZ) before hitting a

volley, or it is a fault.

  1. E. Wheelchair/Standing Pickleball
  1. E.1. When a wheelchair pickleball player is playing with or against a standing person in singles or

doubles, the rules of pickleball for standing players shall apply to all standing players

while the wheelchair pickleball rules shall apply to all wheelchair players.

  1. F. Singles Wheelchair Pickleball
  1. F.1. Singles play with one or both players in a wheelchair shall be played on half court. The server

and the receiver shall serve, receive and play the entire point from their respective service and

receiving court.

After playing golf one Saturday during the summer, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball.  Click here for more info.