2019 Rules Changes

Here are the recent 2019 rules changes including a link to download the newest rules, a link to the specific revision for 2019 and attached is a pdf presentation of the same. Club members can also buy the rulebook online. I personally download the rules and revisions and save them to iBooks on my iPhone so I can reference when needed. Not sure of a process for Androids.

In addition, attached is a slideshow that one of the certified referees, George McCulley, made for a presentation. George has been the Referee Coordinator for the Nationals for the last  2 years.

Rules are important for consistency of play across the US and internationally.  I have heard people (not here especially) say “that’s for tournaments and this is social play.”  Everyone should try to be at least a little familiar with the rules.  If you are not sure, look it up if you can or feel free to email me and I’ll get you a definitive answer.  There are always the rules definitions and interpretations that are taken for granted over time and then when you go to a different club or tournament you find out it was not correct.  And rules discussions can be fun and informative. 

Referee’g can be fun and is important for tournaments, especially USAPA sanctioned tournaments.  And that would be our upcoming Rally In The Valley!  If you are interested there is lots of information here:  https://www.usapa.org/referee-training-tools/   .  Get involved, practice and have fun!

You can also find links to the rules, revisions, a basic Rules Overview  and a short video on our club website:  https://albanypickleball.com/how-to-play/301-2/ .  You can ask questions, or post a comment to this page and I will answer as soon as possible.

Official Rules Page :  https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/

 Excerpt From USAPA Website:
2019 Rule Revisions
To aid in recognizing and understanding the rule changes, we are providing the 2019 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.

 Purchase a Hard Copy
A durable spiral-bound copy of the 2018 USAPA/IFP Rulebook is now available for purchase at the USAPA Retail Store! (Click here).  The 2019 Rulebook is currently being printed and will be available in the USAPA Retail Store very soon.

Pickleball Rules Summary
Looking for a basic overview of the rules?  Click Here to see our page of abbreviated rules.  You can watch a  short ‘pickleball rules’ video on this page as well.

Questions?  Don’t hesitate to ask.

New Albany Pickleball Courts coming in 2019

Great News for all of our Albany Pickleballers!!!!

New pickleball courts are in the future for Albany. Funding has been identified by the city in their 2018/2019 budget which begins July 1 to provide additional pickleball courts in the Albany.  Pickleball courts are one of only two major recreation projects funded. The Albany Pickleball Cub has been a actively working with the city for 6 years to obtain updated and adequate courts for the rapidly growing pickleball community.

New pickleball courts could be available as soon as spring of 2019. The city is looking at two possible sites:

  • Timber Linn Sports Park:  New construction of 8 courts near the parking lot and softball field during Phase 1 and 4 additional courts, yet to be funded, in Phase 2.
  • Linn Benton Community College: Renovation of their four unused, underutilized tennis courts.  Initial discussions have just begun at this point and involves up to 12 permanent pickleball courts.

New courts are the result of over 6 years of work and focus by the Albany Pickleball Club Board and Members.  Since the inception of the club, the overall goals= has been to grow pickleball and to provide new, adequate pickleball courts in Albany.  To that end, the club members have contributed untold hours to put on 6 tournaments to raise funds to help in the cause.  The club officers have met many times over that period with the city Parks and Recreation to provide input on design, location and pickleball needs.  The presence of an organized club, the member’s work and commitment and the funding partnerships has been a major factor in getting new courts in Albany, as it has all over the country. It is due to club membership contributions (through dues) and the Board’s continued focus and presence that  we are at this point where new courts are finally being funded.

Stay tuned for future updates.

Free Pickleball Clinics Tuesdays and Thursdays

Place:  Hackleman Park – 654 SE Pine St.; Albany, OR
Time:  Tuesdays &/or Thursdays  (see schedule below)
Duration:  30 minutes to an hour in June & July 2018
Questions?  E-mail  hacklemanpb2018@gmail.com

Special Thanks to Stephanie Lowe for organizing these clinics.

Experienced pickleball players are volunteering their time and knowledge to help you improve your pickleball game.  Some sessions are drills, some are talks, some are demonstrations—all are informative and interesting.  Join other pickleball enthusiasts of all levels learn new (or relearn old) ways to improve one’s play.  Everyone is welcome!

Here is the schedule:
Tues. June 5 at 9 am – “Mastering the Basics“ with Derrick Cox
Thurs. June 7 at 9:30 am – “Improving the Soft Game” with Jim Hoggatt
Tues. June 12 at 9:30 am – “Third Shot Drop vs. a Drive” with Ric Harris
Thurs. June 14 at 9:30 am – “The Serve and Return“ with Harold Bates
Tues. June 19 at 10 am – “Strategies and the Mind Game” with Kendall Herriott
Thurs. June 21 at 9 am – “Doubles Play—Strategies & Positions” with John Morey, Linda Neal and Sally Kennel
Tues. June 26 at 9:30 am – “Individualized Analyses” with Bob VanderLinden
Thurs. June 28 at 9:30 am – “More Individualized Analyses” with Po Leung
Thurs. July 5 at 10 am – “No Bounce Dink Drill” with Loren Humphrey

(Future July Dates to be Announced)

Hackleman Pickleball Courts Renovation Ceremony – June 6, 2016


Thanks to a successful partnership between the Albany Pickleball Club, the City of Albany and the Offices of Edward Jones in Albany, the Hackleman Pickleball Courts were resurfaced and repainted. A celebration was held on June 6, 2016.

IMG_2223Almost 100 people were in attendance including Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, Parks and Recreation Director Ed Hodney and 5 of the 9 Edward Jones Advisors.


The repair of Hackleman Pickleball courts was paid for in part by the Edward Jones offices of: James Brown, Clay Dluehosh, Mark Floyd, Ryan Hanson, Rosco Huebner, Bari Rogers, Chris Scariano, Patty Street, and Jeff White.





An introduction and thank you was  made by John Morey, Club President.






Parks and Recreation Director Ed Hodney talked about the successful partnership and the benefits to the community.





Mayor Sharon Konopa spoke of successful community relationships meets the demand for facilities for different activities.





Clay Dluehosh, representing the nine Offices of Edward Jones, spoke of their support for activities in the community.




USA Pickleball Association Ambassador Bob VanderLinden gave some of the history of the sport of pickleball and the evolution of pickleball in Albany.




New players flooded the courts to try pickleball for the first time with mentors from the club.  Pizza and deserts were served following the ceremony.

The Albany Pickleball Club and the City of Albany have developed a successful long term relationship which has resulted in conversion of the under-utilized tennis court at Eleanor Hackleman Park into 4 dedicated pickleball courts in 2012 and the current resurfacing project to deal with cracks and old court issues.

We want to thank the offices of Edward Jones for their fantastic support and the city of Albany for the past and present relationship that provides needed facilities for the fastest growing sport in the country.

As we look forward, we know that the 4 courts at Hackleman are already at the limits of play and we are looking at strategic liaisons with the city and businesses for future court locations that will accommodate the explosive growth of pickleball in Albany.

2015 Rally In The Valley APC Medal Winners

Congratulations to our Albany Pickleball Club medalists in the 4th Annual Rally In The Valley. From super hot weather to a rain delay on Sunday.  Great competition and great times! Our Gold Sponsors

Moda-Health-logo                 Edward Jones
Moda Health                   Edward Jones – Chris & Ralph Scariano
877-605-3229                                        541-926-9700

See our full list if sponors below.  They support you in the tournament, please support them if you are able. Mens Doubles 3.0  Silver – Kevin Naylor/Jon Miller Mens Doubles 3.0  Bronze – Jack Cotterman/Loren Humphrey Mens Doubles 3.5 Bronze – Larry Haima (and his partner Charlie Crouse) Mens Doubles 4.0 Silver – Mark Floyd (and his partner Len Spencer) Mens Doubles 4.0 Bronze – Lee  Nordhagen (and his partner Bill Keiser) Mens Doubles 5.0 Gold – Patrick Williams (and his partner Tony Tollenaar) Mens Singles 3.0  Silver – John Morey Mens Singles 3.5 Gold – Eric Swander Mixed Doubles 4.5 Bronze – Julie Kanouse/William Kanouse (New friends to Albany Pickleball) Womens Doubles 4.0 Silver – Julie Kanouse/Anne Reynolds Womens Doubles 4.5 Bronze – Suzanne Nordhagen/Sherri Oslie

2015 State Games of OR

Congratulations to Albany Pickleball Players that medaled at the State Games of Oregon this weekend in Beaverton, OR!  Nice Job Everyone. Way to represent Albany OR Pickleball!
Men’s Doubles Age 35+ Gold – Patrick Williams
Men’s Doubles Age 65+ Gold – Bob Anderson
Men’s Doubles Age 60+ Gold – Craig Poole
Men’s Doubles 5.0 Bronze – Patrick Williams

Mixed Doubles Age 35+ Silver – Emily & Patrick Williams
Mixed Doubles Age 60+ Bronze – Connie & Bob Anderson
Women’s Doubles Age 35+ Silver – Emily Williams/Louise Muscato
Women’s Doubles 4.5 Gold – Suzanne Nordhagen/Sherri Oslie

Pat’s Picklosophy Bootcamp

Pat Carroll presented a free clinic and 2 sessions of her Picklosophy Bootcamp for our Albany Pickleball Club members.  Here are a few pics of Pat and her boot camp attendees.  We had over 25 people attend the free clinic.  10-12 people took advantage of Pat’s Bootcamp.  Great reviews for both!

Pat’s Bootcamp provided “Simple and efficient technique on all shots, drills for improving each shot, successful court management and shot-selection, plus lots of strategy.”

Thanks Pat for breaking down so close to us!

2105 Oregon Senior Games

A great showing by our APC players in the Senior Games.

Congratulations to APC Players (first listed name in each) that medaled at the Oregon Senior Games last weekend in Bend, Or!

Mens Doubles
Age 50-59 Silver Mark Floyd – Edwin Jaffarian

Mens Doubles
Age 60-64 Gold Craig Poole – Craig Palermo

Mens Doubles
Age 65-69 Gold Bob Anderson – Ed Obermeyer

Mens Doubles
Age 70-74 Silver Bob LeRoy – Ron Greene

Mens Doubles
Age 75-79 Bronze Jack Cotterman – Lee Graff

Mens Singles
Age 65-69 Silver Bob Anderson

Womens Doubles
Age 70-79 Gold CoraMay Johnson – Linda Sandford