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 TitleClarity for Application of 6.C.4
Existing Rule #6.C.4
Proposed Rule Change

Provide clarity for the application of 6.C.4.  Spectators should not be consulted on any line call. The referee my issue a verbal or technical warning to a player for consulting spectators.

Original Rule Text

6.C.4.  Spectators should not be consulted on any line call.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

This addition to 6.C.4 provides the referee with a recourse if the rule is violated.  Until this point, the only procedure allowed to a referee (based on the wording) of the rule, was for the referee to say to a player, "Hey, you shouldn't do that."   This additional wording now (legally) allows the referee a recourse when it is violated.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

A player consults a spectator on where a ball landed. The referee gives a verbal warning for consulting a spactator.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1738
Date CreatedMay 7, 2024
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