Play & Safety Procedures

GVPC is a member of USAPA - the national governing body for the sport of pickleball in the US that provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials.


Outdoor Open Play

During GVPC reserved Open Play sessions members play in a 4-on, 4-off rotation using a signup board. Players may write their name in any one of the available slots on the board and may sign up again only when they complete their game and come off the court.  Unless fewer than 4 players are waiting, all 4 players leave the court at the end of a game. If there is a large turnout and wait times are unusually long, shortening the game length is an option.

Players wishing to play with a specific player or players may sign up together when all the players are not playing, i.e. placing a player’s name on the board when that player is currently playing is not permitted.  When there are 16 or fewer players present, the option to rotate play in a different manner may be agreed upon by the entire group.

The club "lock-box" may be used during the reserved club times. Feel free ask a member with a key to borrow a ball and paddles.


Indoor Open Play 

The GVPC indoor program at the Veterans Memorial Building is currently using the same Open Play 4-on 4-off rotation using a white board for player signup (see above).  Advanced and practice play should continue to be arranged at other venues.This is a recent change to the previous paddle lineup system. This Open Play rotation system will continue through February 2020. The new GVPC Board will evaluate this change and make recommendations accordingly.

There is no easy solution for so many members wanting to play on only 3 courts, especially on rainy days; at some sessions there have been as many as 30 players. Please remember that those coordinating this program are volunteering a lot of time and effort to make it happen.  Do let the Indoor Play Program Manager know if you would like to get involved, we can always use more help!

Players can help move the game along by being aware of when it is their turn, cooperating with the changes as they occur and remembering this is Open Play - not a practice session for individuals or teams.

We ask all players to assist with setting up and taking down nets.


For your personal health and safety, we recommend the following guidelines:

  • Proper Footwear: Comfortable court shoes are a must; sneakers or running shoes do not supply the right kind of support for the side-to-side action inherent in pickleball.

  • Eye Protection: While hollow and lightweight, the ball used in pickleball is a hard polymer and can travel at a very high rate of speed. The use of proper eye protection is highly recommended for all players.

  • Be aware of any obstacles in the area that you might run into or trip over, such as pickleballs, water bottles or player belongings

  • Never play on a wet court; they are extremely dangerous. One way to check a damp court surface is to press your toe down firmly and make a twisting motion. If you leave an obvious “wet” spot it’s too wet to play.

  • Learn to return lobs correctly and never back up on your heels. Instead, turn around and go back to get to the ball. Serious head or other injuries can occur if you fall backwards.

  • During play, if pain occurs stop playing and ice the area of pain (emergency ice packs are available in the club lock-box at both GVPC play locations).

  • Continuing to play will likely aggravate your problem and give any existing injury plenty of time and rest to heal before you resume play.

  • Age, experience, physical condition and athletic ability will impact the level of your game. Don’t try to make plays beyond your abilities.

  • Check with your doctor regarding exercise and any physical conditions that exist or may have previously existed.

  • Be sure to drink water, replenish electrolytes and eat appropriate snacks. You need a balance of electrolytes and food to prevent dehydration. Symptoms include dizziness, weakness, fatigue, an irregular heartbeat and fainting.

  • Don't forget to Cool Down. After playing, you may want to do a little stretching or take a slow walk home. This will help lower your body temperature and bring your heart rate slowly back to normal.

    A more complete guide to player health and safety is available on the USAPA website.