Sunday, October 23, 2011

Paddle Material Specifications

Oct 22, 2011 USAPA and International Federation of Pickleball have determined that the POP paddles with the cork core (model Q-1), both graphite skin and aluminum skin have been disallowed for sanctioned tournament play. This is because the paddles, as manufactured, to not meet the deflection test. It is highly recommended that all players be notified of this as soon as possible so they can have correct paddles at the tournaments.

From the USAPA and IFP websites: List of Commercial Paddles Not Meeting Specifications of the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP)

Paddle Name Reason
Apike Fails the deflection test. See Paddle Material Specifications.
Hush Fails the deflection test. See Paddle Material Specifications.
Performance One Paddles (POP). Model Q1 (graphite and cork), Model Q1 (aluminum and Cork) Fails the deflection test. 10-22-11 Fails the deflection test. See Paddle Material Specifications.
Pickleball Now Whomper Some paddles have been slightly oversize. Models at tournaments can be measured for compliance.
http://ipickleball.org/rules/IFP_Paddle_Material_Specifications.pdf

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