Referees and Line Judges are an important part of tournament play and enjoy giving their time and energy to this great sport!
All the resources you need, and the steps toward becoming an official, are provided below.
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All the resources you need, as well as a complete explanation of the steps toward becoming an official, are provided below.
NOTE: Any item with an asterisk ( * ) requires a USA Pickleball membership login for access.
- 2021 Official Rulebook - BUY NOW
- 2021 Alternate Rulebook - LEARN MORE
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- 2021 Rule Changes Document
- 2021 Officiating Handbook* - Revisions List
- ***Draft 2022 Rulebook*** Final version will be posted and effective on January 1, 2022.
- ***Draft 2022 Rule Changes Document*** Coming soon.
- Referee Casebook*
- Equipment Standards Manual
- Approved Paddle List
- Approved Ball List
- Video Tutorial: How to Use Online Referee Training Materials
- NEW: On-Demand Referee Training Videos*
- Referee Quick Start Video
- Referee Training PowerPoint*
- Line Judge Self-Training*
- Continuing Education Series - "In the Ref Tent"
Next Session: Wednesday, December 15, 9 pm ET/8 pm CT
This continuing education series is presented by the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) in partnership with USA Pickleball. Each one-hour session is an online discussion (via Zoom) of topics that came up in the referee tent during the most recent APP or USA Pickleball-branded tournament. All referees are invited to participate and learn.