SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule Submission TitleMedical Time-Out
Existing Rule #12.F.2.
Proposed Rule Change

During a match, if a player/team cannot immediately continue after the 15-minute medical time-out period has expired, a Retirement will be imposed. The player may use their available regular timeouts after the medical timeout has expired to allow more time before the match must be retired.

Original Rule Text

During a match, if a player/team cannot immediately continue after the 15-minute medical time-out period has expired, a Retirement will be imposed.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Make the rule book consistent.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Player's 15-minute medical time-out expires.  Player has two (or three depending on match format) remaining standard time-outs that may be used to extend recovery time before a retirement will be imposed.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1477
Date CreatedMarch 21, 2024
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