Format and Rosters

League Format

  • All Pickleball Leagues are doubles format; teams will play with two players on the court.
  • All Pickleball Leagues are double opponent; teams will play two matches per night against different opponents.
  • All Pickleball Leagues use an Event Coordinator (EC).
  • All Pickleball Leagues are self-officiated.

Game Format

  • Pickleball leagues use a weekly time slot that ranges from 1.5 to 2.0 hours.
  • Pickleball leagues do not use a rally-point scoring system. Points can only be scored by the team holding serve.
  • Each match consists of a best-of-three game format;
    • Game 1 - first team to 15 points (must win by two to a max of 21)
    • Game 2 - first team to 15 points (must win by two to a max of 21)
    • Game 3 (if necessary) - first team to 11 points (must win by two to a max of 15)

Season Length

  • All 9 Week Pickleball Leagues use the following structure:
    • 8 weeks of seeding / regular season games (16 total matches).
      • Seeding round is dependent on the number of teams registered.
    • 1 week of playoff games (2 total matches).
  • All 8 Week Pickleball Leagues use the following structure:
    • 7 weeks of seeding / regular season games (14 total matches).
      • Seeding round is dependent on the number of teams registered.
    • 1 week of playoff games (2 total matches).
  • There may be instances where byes are scheduled due to facility availability, meaning the season may be played over 9-12 total weeks. 
  • In rare cases, games may be played on Long Weekends or Holidays.

Playoffs

  • Playoff Format:
    • All teams are guaranteed 2 playoff matches.
    • Only the Top 4 teams will compete for the League Championship.
    • League champs will receive t-shirts that can be picked up from the Season-end Party.
    • There are no ties in the Playoffs:
      • If time is called, the team who has won the most games wins the match.
      • ​​​A minimum of 5 total points must be played in any game for it to count.
      • If both teams have won the same number of games:
        • ​​The team with the higher point differential wins the match.
        • If teams are tied in point-differential, one additional tie-breaker point must be played.

Rosters

 Format Ideal Roster Size
(F) = Female
Total # of Players
required on the court
Total # of Females
required on the court
Co-Ed 2 (1 F) 2 1
Open 2 0
  • When registering a full team, there is no limit to the maximum number of players teams can have on their roster.
  • Prior to the first game of the season, teams must have 2 players confirmed on the roster in MyESSC. This number is equal to the total number of players required on the court in the above chart.
    • If the minimum amount of confirmed roster players is not met, the team will receive a loss for every game played until the requirement is met.
  • Prior to the first playoff game, teams must have all players who are playing in the playoff game(s) displayed as part of the confirmed roster in MyESSC.
    • If this requirement is not met, teams will receive an automatic loss and will not be eligible for the championship.
  • A team may bring in subs that are not listed on the roster. To learn more about the sub policies, click here.