SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule Submission TitleServe, Receive, Defer for Tiebreakers
Existing Rule #5A.1 section
Proposed Rule Change

5.A.1.a The team scoring the highest number of points in the match preceding the tiebreaker will get the option to serve, receive or defer in the tiebreaker.

 

Original Rule Text

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Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Using the number of points scored is the best way to decide the FINAL game that will decide the match. This gives the team with the most points a reward for a higher score in the previous games. Should the score be a tie, the previous rule (whoever wins the choose 1 or 2 under section 5A.1) will apply.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Team A wins the first game 11-6 and Team B wins the 2nd game 11-8.   Team A having scored 19 points and Team B having scored 17 points total.  Team A will choose to serve, receive or defer in the tiebreaker.

 

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1502
Date CreatedMarch 29, 2024
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