SECTION 14 – WHEELCHAIR RULES

14. A. BasicPlay

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

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14. B. Double‐Bounce Rule

The wheelchair pickleball player is allowed to double bounce the ball on his or her side of the net. The second bounce can be anywhere inside or outside of the court boundaries.

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14. C. Service

14.C.1. Server shall be in a stationary position and is then allowed one push before striking the ball.

14.C.2. At the time the Server strikes the ball, the Server shall not touch the playing surface in an area outside the confines of the serving area with any wheel.

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14.C.1

Server shall be in a stationary position and is then allowed one push before striking the ball.

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14.C.2

At the time the server strikes the ball, the server shall not touch the playing surface in an area outside the confines of the serving area with any wheel.

Reason:  This rule was changed to coincide with Rule 4.A.3 and the associated boundaries.

At the time the server strikes the ball, the server shall not touch any lines, including the sidelines or the imaginary extension of the centerline, with any wheel. ~2020 Rule change

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14. D. Non‐Volley Zone (NVZ)

The double-bounce rule applies to the NVZ.

14.D.1. A wheelchair player may strike a ball in the NVZ on a volley. It is a fault only if the larger rear wheels contact the NVZ.

14.D.2. After entering the NVZ, the player’s larger rear wheels must return to outside the NVZ boundaries before hitting a volley or it is a fault.

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14.D.1

A wheelchair player may strike a ball in the NVZ on a volley. It is a fault only if the larger rear wheels contact the NVZ.

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14.D.2. – 14. D. Non‐Volley Zone (NVZ).

After entering the NVZ, the player’s larger rear wheels must return to outside the NVZ boundaries before hitting a volley or it is a fault.

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14. E. Wheelchair/Standing Pickleball.

14.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.

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14.E.1. – 14. E. Wheelchair/Standing Pickleball.

14.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.

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14. F. Singles Wheelchair Pickleball.

14.F.1. 4.0 and Above Bracket Play: Singles play with one or both players in a wheelchair shall be played on the entire court. The serving and receiving rules will be the same as Section 4.B.5.

Reason:  This change was made to allow for the 4.0 and higher brackets play to now play singles on the entire court.

14.F.1.Singles play with one or both players in a wheelchair shall be played on half of the court. The server and the receiver shall serve, receive, and play the entire point from their respective service and receiving courts. ~2020 Rule change

14.F.2.  3.5 and Below Bracket Play: Singles play with one or both players in a wheelchair shall be played on the diagonal half of the court. The server and the receiver shall play the entire rally from their respective diagonal service and receiving courts.  The serving and receiving rules will be the same as Section 4.B.5.

Reason:  This 2019 rule was edited to specify the skill level designation only. 3.5 and lower skill levels shall play singles in the same court space as in 2019.

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14. G. Playing Area Dimensions and Rules

14.G.1. Sideline Clearance/Replay: A minimum of 5 feet of clearance from each sideline is recommended. If a distance less than 5 feet is provided, any wheelchair player that, in the judgment of the referee, is prevented from returning the ball before the 3rd bounce, (dead ball) shall be awarded a replay of the rally.

14.G.2. Baseline Clearance/Replay:  A minimum of 8 feet of clearance from the baseline to the back perimeter is recommended. If a distance less than 8 feet is provided, if a player’s wheelchair that is completely behind the baseline is hit with the ball, a replay of the rally shall be called. Exception: If in the judgment of the referee it is determined that the wheelchair player deliberately positioned the wheelchair so as to be hit by the ball, the referee shall call a fault on the offending wheelchair player.

 

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