Pickleball Code of Conduct
Every person involved in pickleball (participant, official, volunteer, or representative of the USAPA & GOPB or spectator) pledges as follows:
- I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct or encourage others to do so.
- I will not engage in any behavior that would endanger the health, safety or wellbeing of others.
- I will not engage in the use of profanity.
- I will treat others with respect.
- I will exhibit fairness and honesty in my dealings with others.
- I will not flaunt my position.
- I will not use USAPA records or materials for personal gain.
- I will observe the Golden Rule of doing unto others as I would have them do unto me.
The above Code applies in all situations that relate directly or indirectly to pickleball play.
Whenever possible Code of Conduct violations arise, the First Vice President will ask the court monitor on duty when the conduct issue occurred to obtain written documentation of the event from several witnesses and from the person whose conduct may have violated the club's Code of Conduct policy. The First Vice President will share the documentation of the event with at least one of the other two club Vice Presidents for review. After reviewing the documentation, if at least two of the Vice Presidents who reviewed the case concurs that a Code of Conduct violation has occurred, the First Vice President will present all supporting documentation and his or her recommendation to the club President. If the President agrees that a Code of Conduct violation has occurred, the First Vice President will issue a Letter of Reprimand to the person whose conduct was inappropriate. This letter will discuss the conduct issue, let our club member know the conduct was inappropriate and that we expect better going forward, and let them know that additional offenses of this nature will result in increased disciplinary action that could include removal from the club. This letter and the supporting documentation will be forwarded to the club Secretary to retain and the GOPB Board will be notified. For a second offense we may suspend or ban the club member from participating in any GOPB organized/scheduled play session for a period of up to 30 days. This means the person may not participate in any scheduled or organized play the club puts on during the suspension. The letter to the club member communicating this decision and the supporting documentation will be forwarded to the club Secretary to retain and the GOPB Board will be notified. After a third Code of Conduct violation the club member will be removed from the club and will be prohibited from re-joining the club for a period of 12 months. The letter to the club member communicating this decision and the supporting documentation will be forwarded to the club Secretary to retain and the GOPB Board will be notified. The Board also reserves the right to suspend or ban a club member for up to 30 days, remove them from the club, or permanently ban them from the club after either a first or second offense in cases where the conduct is deemed by the Board to be especially egregious.