Block 3 - Pickleball Tournament

Second Saturday Series - Pickleball Tournament


Rosters Due: Register Here by Thursday, November 2, 5:00 pm
Play Begins: 
11:00AM on Saturday, November 4 with the Championship Bracket being played on Sunday, November 5 - Fitness Center Rec Gym, Auxiliary/Small Gym & Reid Arena (Actual start times will depend on the number of teams entered and will be determined/communicated to those registered on Friday, November 3)
The Block 3 Pickleball Tournament will start with pool play matches with team(s) advancing to a single elimination bracket. Matches are played with a doubles format and using rally scoring. Please list your partner when registering. You can also register as a single and we will pair individuals together for this event.
Where: Adam F. Press Fitness Center - Fitness Center Rec Gym & Auxiliary Gym

Pre-registration is required for the Second Saturday tournaments as brackets must be drawn up in advance of the competition. The email address that the captain submits on the official roster form will be used to communicate information prior to the start of the tournament regarding schedules, rules, policies, and procedures. All equipment necessary to compete in the tournament will be provided by Campus Rec. All outdoor tournaments will be "weather dependent" with the possibility of moving the competition day in the case of inclement weather.  

2023 Block 3 Champions


Aidan Smith & Ben Murphy


Use a paddle to hit the ball over the net. Do that without messing up and you might get a point. Points are good and the first team to get 21 points (using rally scoring) wins.

The Serve

  • The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.
  • Only one serve attempt is allowed per server.

Serving Sequence

  • The first serve of each side-out is made from the right/even court.
  • If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left/odd court and as subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed, and the first server loses the serve.
  • When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the court (except for the first service sequence of the game*).
  • The second server continues serving until his team commits a fault and loses the serve to the opposing team.
  • Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right/even court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.

*At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team.


  • Rally Scoring - all points played are scored. Both the serving team and the returning team will score a point anytime they win a rally.
  • Games are played to 21 points, win by 2.

Two-Bounce Rule

  • To help extend rallies, 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.
  • After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce.


Non-Volley Zones

  • The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.
  • Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone.

Determining Serving Team

  • A quick game of rock, paper, scissors (best of three) will be used to determine which player or team has first choice of side, service, or receive.


Questions? Contact Andy Obringer


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Tiger Shield

Director of Recreation & Fitness Center

Campus Rec Athletic Trainer

Assistant Director - Fitness Center