12 Sep - 30 Nov 2020
About FLEX LEAGUE
Since start of Phase 2, with the lack of our usual indoor facilities, Pickleball players had taken our sport to new grounds - more games are played outdoors than ever before. This really shows how versatile Pickleball is. We have heard of remote working, staggered work hours, adopt new habits, live under a new norm… Well, here is our FLEX League!
Hinging on sportsmanship and integrity, where matching players come to mutual agreement on where to play and when to play, and match results are then submitted online.
In this current climate, this League really has more meaning. It will be about our pickleball community’s demonstration of enjoying this sport under the new norm. It is to show our creativity to make play possible whilst embracing brand new habits, new rules and safe distancing measures. It is about our community working together to show what humanity is about.
Here’s the gist… It’s anywhere, anytime. Based on integrity and sportsmanship, matching players shall arrange amongst themselves and come to a mutual agreement of the time and place. Groups shall not exceed 5 and play will be self-officiating.
It shall also be our version of domestic tourism. Be a great host and suggest venues that showcases the best spots to play pickleball - it can be a fabulous public space, or your Condo’s tennis/multi-purpose court, or even in Pulau Ubin if you know the village head there. Imagine inviting other players to visit your turf, play near your home, and after the game and whilst maintaining safe distancing (of course), walk them through some places of interests in your neighbourhood and introduce the nice food there. How Singaporean is that!
START 9 Sep 2020 | END 13 Sep 2020
3 Days event
Men's / Women's Singles
START 14 Sep 2020 | END 27 Sep 2020
Men's / Women's Doubles
START 28 Sep 2020 | END 18 Oct 2020
START 19 Oct 2020 | END 15 Nov 2020
Flexible location, flexible play date and time, players are required to complete all the matches within the stipulated End Dates.
Prevention and containment of COVID-19 is the top concern. League shall start only if the situation improves and further resumption of activities is allowed by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce.
Therefore, there will be possibility of changes, postponement or cancellation. Strict adherence to safe distancing measures. The Organisers shall not in any event be held liable for any injury or loss as a result of the player’s participation in the event. All players are advised to have personal accident insurance cover.
Registration Dates:- 8 Aug 2020 (Sat) to 4 Sep 2020 (Mon) or
max of 300 participants, whichever comes first. Registration Closed.
Flight Schedule Announcement Date:-
11 Sep 2020 (Friday) on Pickleball Global.
Age below *55 years old, SGD 12 per participant per event.
Age *55 years old an above, SGD 4.80 per participant per event.
Apply Coupon Code SENIOR during check out.
Inclusive free one year SPA Provisional Membership.
Participants age shall be as at 1 Jan 2020.
Payment deadline shall be 7 Sep 2020.
Divisions are organised by player age.
As a guide, player’s rating registration will be verified to past national tournament results.
Tournament Director shall have the rights to reclassify the player’s rating and the player shall be informed accordingly.
Players can participate in as many events as they wish, as the league will be played over 10 weeks.
Players may elect to “play-up”, e.g. Skill 3.0+ can also participate in 4.0+. Age 60+ can also participate in 50+.
Unless otherwise stated, game rules shall be referenced from the USAPA/IFP 2020 Official Rulebook, which can be found on www.usapickleball.org.
Game Format -
Round Robin League (1 or more flights, followed by Single Elimination).
Best of 3 games (2-0, 2-1, 1-2, 0-2).
3rd game need not be played if 2 straight games won. (2-0, 0-2)
11 point match for singles, first to reach 11 points shall be the winner.
15 point match for doubles, first to reach 15 points shall be the winner.
No line judges.
Only final matches, at the discretion of the organisers, may be refereed.
Results will be published on www.pickleball.global. Divisions may be combined if there are insufficient entries. Tournament Director reserves the rights to modify the divisions and format.
A Player’s Handbook providing more details of the games and league shall be published with the Flights Schedule announcement.
All equipment necessary for play shall be provided by matching players themselves, not limiting to nets, portable net system, balls, court tapes etc.
Players are expected to liaise and coordinate amongst themselves prior to the mutually agreed match date.
The official ball for this league shall be Yellow Onix Sports Fuse G2 Outdoor Ball, for both indoor and outdoor courts. One free official ball will be given for every registered event.
Any paddle meeting the specifications listed under Section 2.E of the USAPA/IFP 2020 Official Rulebook and/or USAPA approved paddles may be used in this league. Approved paddle listing can be found on https://equipment.usapickleball.org.
Due to the nature of the league, players are to expect that court specifications and equipment shall not be uniform or standardised across the entire league, or in accordance to the USAPA/IFP 2020 Official Rulebook. Examples not limiting to the following:-
Deviations if utilising existing badminton net posts available on outdoor courts. Rules pertinent to Permanent Object shall apply accordingly.
Player effort required to mark additional Non Volley Line over badminton courts.
Differing court surfaces. - Games may be played on both indoor and outdoor courts.
For matching players intending to play on existing badminton courts (both indoor or outdoor), you may opt to play using the existing Badminton Short Service Line measuring 6-1/2 feet from the net line, if mutually agreed, as the Non-Volley Line.
All players shall support contact tracing by installing the latest version of the TraceTogether app and keeping it active.
All players and participants shall abide to relevant authority advisories on COVID-19.
We need help in the league as Volunteers and Referees, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to amend or remove your registration, or any other queries, please send to email@example.com.
Pickleball Global Ranking - A Modern Approach
We are adopting the Pickleball Global Ranking (GPR) system to establish a competition structure for future national level tournaments, applicable also to regional and international tournaments. Details of the PGR system and how to rate players for this league can be found in this PDF write-up.
Asia Flex League (Singapore) Ranking