SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule Submission TitleCalls of "Out" can ONLY be used when a ball lands outside of the Playing Surface and ends the Point.
Existing Rule #6.C.11.
Proposed Rule Change

6.C.10. While the ball is in the air, if a player yells “out,” the point is over and the ball is dead. While the ball is in the air, if a player yells “out,” “no,” “bounce it,” or any other words to communicate to
their partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered player communication only and not considered a line call.

Original Rule Text

6.C.10. While the ball is in the air, if a player yells “out,” “no,” “bounce it,” or any other words to communicate to their partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered player communication only and not considered a line call.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

In many instances, Players will stop play because their opponent(s) have called "Out."

The call of "Out" should be reserved ONLY for indicating that a Ball has landed out of Play.

As a metaphor, there is a saying in Football. The Play is not over until the Official blows the whistle. The SAME definition should apply in Pickleball, where, when a Player call "Out," the point is over and the ball is now dead.

The following circumstances apply:
6.C.10. While the ball is in the air, if a player yells “out,” “no,” “bounce it,” or any other words to communicate to
their partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered player communication only and not considered a line call.

6.C.11. An “out” call made after the ball bounces is a line call. The ball is dead and play shall stop. If, upon appeal,
the referee overrules any type of “out” call, it is a fault against the player or team that made the “out” call.
Exception: If the match has line judges, the baseline and sideline judges are responsible for the call. (See Rule 13.E.2)

15. Audible or visible calls. No matter how obvious it is to a player that an opponent’s ball is out, the opponent is entitled to a prompt audible or visible out call.

17. Prompt calls eliminate two chance option. A player must make all calls promptly. A call must be made either before the player’s return shot has gone out of play or before an opponent has had an opportunity to play the return shot. Prompt calls will quickly eliminate the “two chances to win the point” option that some players practice. To illustrate, a player is advancing to the net for an easy put away and sees a ball from an adjoining court rolling toward the court. The player continues to advance and hits the shot, only to have the supposed easy put away fly over the baseline. The player then claims a let. The claim is not valid because the player forfeited the right to call a let by choosing instead to play the ball. The player took a chance to win or lose and is not entitled to a second chance.

34. Talking when ball is in play.
• Singles players should not talk during points.
• Talking between doubles partners when the ball is moving toward them is allowed.
• Doubles players should not talk when the ball is moving toward their opponent’s court.
• Any talking that interferes with an opponent’s ability to play a ball is a hindrance.
For example, if a doubles player hits a weak lob and yells “get back” and the yell distracts an opponent who is about to hit the ball, then the opponent may claim the point based on a deliberate hindrance. If the opponent chooses to play the lob and misses it, the opponent loses the point because the opponent did not make a timely claim of hindrance.

Players should ONLY communicate with their Partners when the Ball has left their Opponent's Paddle and before the Ball is hit by them.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Four Players are playing a point and their opponent calls "Out." The Players stop play because their opponents called "Out" and regarded the point as over and that the ball was a Dead Ball.

6.C.10. While the ball is in the air, if a player yells “out,” “no,” “bounce it,” or any other words to communicate to
their partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered player communication only and not considered a line call.

6.C.11. An “out” call made after the ball bounces is a line call. The ball is dead and play shall stop. If, upon appeal,
the referee overrules any type of “out” call, it is a fault against the player or team that made the “out” call.
Exception: If the match has line judges, the baseline and sideline judges are responsible for the call. (See Rule 13.E.2)

15. Audible or visible calls. No matter how obvious it is to a player that an opponent’s ball is out, the opponent is entitled to a prompt audible or visible out call.

17. Prompt calls eliminate two chance option. A player must make all calls promptly. A call must be made either before the player’s return shot has gone out of play or before an opponent has had an opportunity to play the return shot. Prompt calls will quickly eliminate the “two chances to win the point” option that some players practice. To illustrate, a player is advancing to the net for an easy put away and sees a ball from an adjoining court rolling toward the court. The player continues to advance and hits the shot, only to have the supposed easy put away fly over the baseline. The player then claims a let. The claim is not valid because the player forfeited the right to call a let by choosing instead to play the ball. The player took a chance to win or lose and is not entitled to a second chance.

34. Talking when ball is in play.
• Singles players should not talk during points.
• Talking between doubles partners when the ball is moving toward them is allowed.
• Doubles players should not talk when the ball is moving toward their opponent’s court.
• Any talking that interferes with an opponent’s ability to play a ball is a hindrance.
For example, if a doubles player hits a weak lob and yells “get back” and the yell distracts an opponent who is about to hit the ball, then the opponent may claim the point based on a deliberate hindrance. If the opponent chooses to play the lob and misses it, the opponent loses the point because the opponent did not make a timely claim of hindrance.

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Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1433
Date CreatedMarch 13, 2024
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