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LEAGUE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!
League Play: There will be a 7-week evening doubles league held on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, August 15 and concluding September 26. Game times will be between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. As part of the league registration, a season-culminating tournament will be offered for each skill level.
New for 2023: Rain dates will no longer be held on Wednesdays. Instead, teams will be given the opportunity to reschedule the games during the final week of the season or another mutually agreed to date/time.
New for Late Summer 2023: Once team registration closes, we will place teams in divisions based on skill levels. The first week's games will not count in the final standings, but will be "Friendly Matches" for all teams. This will allow teams to determine whether the division they have been placed in fits their skill level. Once week 1 games are completed, any teams wishing to change divisions must contact us no later than Thursday, August 17th to allow us adequate time to adjust the schedule.
Note: Teams that include one or more HCPSS Students, HCPSS Staff Members, and/or current (2023-2024) Viking Backers members are eligible for a team discount! Scroll down to COSTS section for more details!
$300 per team (2 people) and includes two Viking Backers Pickleball t-shirts.
If one or more players on a team is a current HCPSS student, the team is eligible for a 20% discount. Use promo code "20PICKLE" at checkout during team registration.
If one or more players on a team is a current HCPSS employee, the team is eligible for a 10% discount. Use promo code "10PICKLE" at checkout during team registration.
If one or more players on a team is a paid 2022-2023 or 2023-2024 Viking Backers member, the team is eligible for a 10% discount on the team registration. Use promo code "10PICKLE" at checkout during team registration.
Want to use the 10PICKLE discount but not yet a member? Click here to be taken to our membership purchase page. Once purchased, use code 10PICKLE at checkout to save!
All league players must:
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A. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) rulebook will be used to govern all pickleball
play unless otherwise stated by the Mount Hebron Viking Backers Pickleball Program Team
(VBPP). Please refer to both the rules summary and detailed rules provided on the Viking
B. Pickleball is played on a court sized: 20’ x 44.’ Up to 8 courts will be lined and
numbered within the space of the Mt. Hebron tennis courts. Lines will be evident and laid out as
perfectly as possible. Court assignments for each match will be defined by the league schedule
and cannot be changed.
C. Players can determine who will serve first by coin toss or full consensus. Teams
should decide BEFORE PLAY whether or not to switch sides halfway through the game. Due to
the number of concurrent games being played during league night, this detail must be managed
between the teams without intervention by VBPP staff.
D. The VBPP league will be split into two or more divisions depending on enrollment:
Beginner and Intermediate / Advanced. Teams from each division will not normally play each
other but may be asked to do so to accommodate schedules, at the discretion of VBPP.
E. Each game will be played to 15 points, or for a maximum of 13 minutes, whichever comes
first. Time permitting, the game will be win-by-two, but at the 13 minute mark, game play will
end regardless of score. The next game on the court will start as soon as possible when both
teams are available and the court is open. It is understood that at some point in the night an
opponent may still be playing another game. A team awaiting their opponent may choose to
practice on the court by themselves or invite another team to practice with them. As a courtesy,
each team will be allowed no more than 2 minutes of rest time between games to allow for
hydration and rest ahead of the next game.
F. A whistle will be blown to indicate the beginning and end of timed play. If teams are in the
middle of a point when the whistle is blown, the teams should complete the point and then
record the score. If no team has reached 15 points when the 13 minutes has expired, teams will
record the score as-is. Ties will be allowed in this league, no tie breaker point will be played.
One player from each team must sign the scoresheet to confirm the score.
G. Substitutes. Teams may use an infinite number of substitutes across the season. Two
players, however, must be defined and play an entire game. A team of three can rotate play
during a single night of play but cannot rotate play within a single game. Substitutes are
allowed to substitute for more than one team, but may only play on one team per division per
H. Forfeits. In the event a team does not provide at least 2 players, each game not attended will
be counted as a forfeit; a win for the team present and a loss for the team absent. If neither
team attends, the game will be scored as a double forfeit, and neither team will be awarded
I. Weekly Schedules and Standings will be posted online. In the standings, for each game, a win
is awarded five (5) points, a draw is awarded two (2) points, and a loss is awarded zero points.
J. Each court will be self-regulated by the players. Please do your best to ensure that you are
calling balls in and out of bounds fairly. Each team calls their own balls in or out on their own
side of the court. If your team is unsure or did not see the ball, then the opponent gets the
benefit of the doubt on the line calls made. All disputes must be settled within the two teams
competing and if no agreement can be made, a replay is allowed. Keep in mind, time in dispute
counts towards the time limit.
K. Teams are subject to disqualification for inappropriate behavior. The purpose of this league
is to provide fun, friendly competition and to promote enjoyment of the sport! Please report any
concerns to the VBPP Adult Supervisor immediately.
L. The VBPP takes the health and safety of its players very seriously. The VBPP Adult
Supervisor has full authority to ask a player to remove themselves from competition if exhibiting
symptoms of a concussion, heat related illness, or any other health risk to the player or those
around them. As a player, and a teammate, and a member of our community, all players share
responsibility to report any health concerns immediately and to act accordingly, as agreed to
when signing the playing waiver, and to abstain from attendance if they are not able to
participate as outlined in the various waivers including that related to COVID.
M. Weather and Cancellations. The VBPP has sole discretion in the decisions to postpone or
cancel play due to weather. The VBPP plans to communicate via email no later than 30
minutes ahead of the planned start time when a weather related cancellation is able to be
reasonably predicted. Canceled Tuesday night games will be postponed. Opportunities to
make-up canceled Tuesday night games will be offered on Monday (9/25), Wednesday (9/27),
and/or Thursday (9/28), and games may also be made up on mutually agreed upon dates and
times. For any make-up games, the winning team must report the score to the VBPP, so it can
be included in the standings.
During play, the on-site Adult Supervisor will act on behalf of the VBPP to make any similar
● Play will not be allowed when the Accuweather “Real Feel” is 95 degrees or higher
● Play will not be allowed when the courts are wet from a prior or currently occurring rain
● Play will not be allowed when there is thunder or lightning – any observance of this will
result in game play stoppage of 30 minutes; participants must seek shelter indoors or in
a car and a decision will be made by the VBPP whether and how to proceed
The VBPP will be acting in good faith and consistent with HCPSS policies that govern outdoor
play for the other athletic programs taking place at the same time.
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