SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

Rule change submissions will close on May 15th, 2024, at 11:59 PM. Comments on the existing rule change submissions will remain open until May 31st, 2024, at 11:59 PM.

Rule Submission TitleLine Call
Existing Rule #3.A.19.
Proposed Rule Change

3.A.19. Line Call – A loud word(s) spoken by a player or line judge(s) and/or a hand signal to indicate to the referee and/or players that a live ball has not landed in the required court space. The preferred word to indicate a line call is “OUT.” Distinctive hand signals can be used in lieu of or in conjunction with a spoken line call. Words such as “wide”, “long”, “no”, “deep” are also acceptable.

Original Rule Text

3.A.19. Line Call – A loud word(s) spoken by a player or line judge(s) to indicate to the referee and/or players that a live ball has not landed in the required court space. The preferred word to indicate a line call is “OUT.” Distinctive hand signals can be used in conjunction with a line call. Words such as “wide”, “long”, “no”, “deep” are also acceptable.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Rule 3.A.19 is not consistent with rule 6.C.9.  (6.C.9. “Out” line calls must be promptly signaled by voice and/or hand signal (as described in Rule 13.E.2).). In addition, a player may not be able to speak and a hand signal may be their only option for making line calls.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

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Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1726
Date CreatedMay 5, 2024
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