SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule Submission TitlePlayer Communication "OUT" call revision
Existing Rule #6.c.10
Proposed Rule Change

6.C.10. While the ball is in the air, if a player yells  "out", “no,” “bounce it,” or any other words except “out” to communicate to their partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered player communication only and not considered a line call. To avoid miscommunication “out” cannot be used during a rally prior to the ball landing out. If a team calls “out” prior to the ball landing and the ball lands out it is a replay of the rally. If a team calls “out” prior to the ball landing and the ball lands in it is a fault on the team that called the “out”.

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

Out calls can quite often be a contentious issue in Pickleball this rule change can help reduce this. When a team calls “out” prior to the ball landing the opposing team is confused about the call. If the ball then lands in and is returned, it is not clear to the opposing team if there was an out call or not. If the ball lands out and the team does not make an actual out call, the opposing team is also confused. This issue has caused numerous arguments and is unnecessary. As we all know once ther is a “misunderstanding” bad attitudes and/or feelings can come to the surface. It is not an onerous request to ask the players to omit using “out” as player communication. It will not be hard to get players out of the habit of using “out” and instead use another word to communicate with their partner. This perhaps is the easiest rule change that can significantly improve the game.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

In all play where there is an "out" call communication between partners.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1501
Date CreatedMarch 28, 2024
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