For those looking to play in tournaments regularly, and especially in sanctioned tournaments, you'll need to ensure that your paddle meets the Paddle Material Specifications set out by the IFP and/or that it's on the official IFP and USAPA Paddle List.
If your paddle is not on the IFP and USAPA Paddle List or is listed as a "Fail", you will be unable to compete in a sanctioned tournament with that paddle.
According to the IFP, the purpose of the Paddle Material Specifications is to ensure that pickleball paddles used for tournament play "pass all other paddle specifications and meet the requirement of preserving the traditional nature and character of the sport and preserve the skills traditionally required to play the sport."
The current version of the IFP Paddle Material Specifications is with a last revised date of September 15, 2017.
Download your copy of this PDF document using one of the download links below:
We will update the links when later versions of the IFP Paddle Material Specifications become available.