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 TitleDraws and Seeding for Round Robins
Existing Rule #12.d
Proposed Rule Change

The participants are seeded based on the results of the round robin.  The top 2 seeds play best of three games, win by 2, for gold/silver.  The 3 and 4 seeds play best of three games, win by 2, for bronze.

Original Rule Text

The original text under 12.C.6 states "the participants are seeded based on the results of the round robin and play either a single or double elimination medal round format of two of three games to 11, one game to 15, or one game to 21.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

I've been in a number of tournaments where a team wins every match in the round robin and then loses bracket play to the 4th seed in a 1-15 match.  It doesn't seem fair.  At these tournaments, after the round robin seeding, 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3. I don't see this particular format in the USAP Pickleball rulebook, but it seems like it has been adopted at all tournaments. It seems more fair that 1 plays 2 for the gold/silver and 3 plays 4 for the bronze.  Too often the 1 seed has won every match in the round robin and loses to the 4 seed after the seedings.  Many of us are choosing not to play based on too many times that this scenario plays out.  If a team wins all their matches after playing in a round robin, they should be going for the gold medal against the 2nd place team.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Round Robins

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1730
Date CreatedMay 6, 2024
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