Approved vs non approved paddles

If you are new to pickleball you may not know that to play a national pickleball association’s officially sanctioned tournament, paddles have to be approved by the national association. For those of us in North America this the USAPA.

Paddle approval

The approval process is to ensure that paddles meet a certain standard and are not providing an unfair advantage to a player.


There are restrictions on, what type of materials can be used, size, surface texture, appearance, identification and surface compression.

A competitive tournament player will need at least one approved paddle. The USAPA website has a list of over 800 approved paddles including Brick House paddles.

If you are playing at a club or recreational level you likely do not need an approved paddle but its not hard to find one at a reasonable price. Just look for the USAPA logo on the paddle.