SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule Submission TitleSelection of Defer
Existing Rule #5.A.1.
Proposed Rule Change

Any fair method shall be used to determine which player or team has first choice of end, serve, receive, or defer (e.g., a 1 or 2 written on the back of the score sheet, flipping a coin). If the winner chooses to serve or receive first, the loser chooses the starting end. If the winner chooses the starting end, the loser chooses to serve or receive. If the winner chooses to defer, the loser must choose to either serve, receive or choose an end. After the loser makes a choice, the player or team that deferred must select among the remaining choices. Once a selection has been made, it cannot be changed.

Original Rule Text

Any fair method shall be used to determine which player or team has first choice of end, serve, receive, or defer (e.g., a 1 or 2 written on the back of the score sheet, flipping a coin). If the winner chooses to serve or receive first, the loser chooses the starting end. If the winner chooses the starting end, the loser chooses to serve or receive. Once a selection has been made, it cannot be changed.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

There is no description of what to do if the DEFER choice is selected.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Team A wins the coin flip and elects to defer.  Team B chooses to receive. Team A chooses their choice of end and serves first.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1472
Date CreatedMarch 21, 2024
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