SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule Submission TitleChange End Section (5.B.)
Existing Rule #5.B.3. - 5.B.9.
Proposed Rule Change

Remove current rules 5.B.3., 5.B.4., 5.B.5, 5.B.6. (renumbered), 5.B.7. (renumbered), 5.B.8., and 5.B.9. (renumbered)

Replace with:

5.B.3. In matches that consist of a single game, the teams will change ends at the midpoint based on the match format. Examples: change ends at 6 for game to 11; 8 for a game to 15; or 11 for a game to 21. Serve remains with the player holding serve.

5.B.4. In matches that consist of multiple games, the teams will change ends at the midpoint of the last game based on the match format. Examples: change ends at 6 for the last game to 11. Serve remains with the player holding serve. Exception: If the first game was forfeited due to a no-show, the change end will NOT occur in the last game since each team has spent the same number of games on each end.

5.B.5. End Change Time-Out. One minute is allowed to switch ends during a game. Rule 10.A.5 shall be used to continue play.

5.B.6. Once the end change point has been scored, a technical foul resulting in the loss of a point for the serving team shall have no impact on the completion of the end change.

5.B.7. If the end change fails to be executed per Rules 5.B.3 or 5.B.4, the end change will be executed when realized. It is not a fault on either team, score is not impacted and serve remains with the player holding the serve.

Original Rule Text

5.B.3. In a match with two out of three games to 11 points, in game three, the teams will switch ends when the first team reaches a score of 6. Serve remains with the player holding serve. Exception: If the first game of such match was forfeited due to late arrival, the teams will not switch ends during game three.
5.B.4. In a game to 15 points, the teams will switch ends when the first team reaches a score of 8. Serve remains with the player holding serve.
5.B.5. In a game to 21 points, the teams will switch ends when the first team reaches a score of 11. Serve remains with the player holding serve.
5.B.6. End Change Time-Out. One minute is allowed to switch ends during a game. Rule 10.A.5 shall be used to continue play.
5.B.7. Once the end change point has been scored, a technical foul resulting in the loss of a point for the serving team shall have no impact on the completion of the end change.
5.B.8. In a match with three out of five games to 11 points, in game five, the teams will switch ends when the first team reaches a score of 6. Serve remains with the player holding serve.
5.B.9. If the end change fails to be executed per Rules 5.B.3, 5.B.4, 5.B.5 or 5.B.8, the end change will be executed when realized. It is not a fault on either team, score is not impacted and serve remains with the player holding the serve.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Brevity - shortens 7 rules to 5.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

N/A

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1482
Date CreatedMarch 25, 2024
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