SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule Submission TitleRecreation play for non-approved paddles
Existing Rule #2.F.1
Proposed Rule Change

2.F.1. USA PICKLEBALL Approved Paddle List – Players are responsible for confirming that the paddle they are using for tournamentmatch play is approved and listed as “Pass” on the USA PICKLEBALL Approved Paddle List. The lists of approved equipment may be posted on the USA PICKLEBALL website: USA Pickleball.org.

Original Rule Text

2.F.1. USA PICKLEBALL Approved Paddle List – Players are responsible for confirming that the paddle they are using for match play is approved and listed as “Pass” on the USA PICKLEBALL Approved Paddle List. The lists of approved equipment may be posted on the USA PICKLEBALL website: USA Pickleball.org.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Some recreation players attempt to tell beginners they can't use a paddle because it isn't on the approved paddle list. For recreational play, this should not be required. Changing from 'Match' to 'Tournament' solves this problem.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Beginner recreation players not investing in a $70-300 paddle being denied play. rare, but totally unnecessary in the first place with the change of one word in the rule.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1490
Date CreatedMarch 27, 2024
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