SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

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Rule Submission TitleMove Section 13.D.1.x out of Section 13 ("Tournament Play") and INTO the main part of the rulebook
Existing Rule #13.D.1.*
Proposed Rule Change

This rule (and all of 13.D.1) should get moved out of Section 13, "Tournament Play" and placed in the main rulebook.
13D.1.a:   Move to Section 7, “Faults”
13.D.1.b   This rule should be deleted as it is otherwise covered by Rule 6.C.1 (call lines on your side) and the current 13.D.1.a  (Call Faults on themselves, which is their side)
13.D.1.c   Move part to Section 9, “NVZ” and part to Section 7” Faults”
13.D.1.d   Move to Section 7, “Faults” and incorporate the other submitted rule change suggestion.

For example:
- Take the current 7.A - 7N rules and renumber to 7.A.1 - 7.A.14 since they ARE the faults
- Add 7.B, (which was the old 13.D.1.a)  and  7.C  (was the old 13.D.1.c) and 7.D (was the old 13.D.1.d)  which defines HOW and WHEN to resolve fault calls.
**In short, the remedy should be in the same section as the violation, as it is in Section 6, Line Calls

The result:
SECTION 7 – FAULT RULES
7.A fault (and resulting dead ball) will be declared for the following:
7.A.1 If the serve or service return does not bounce before the ball is struck.
7.A.2 Hitting the ball into the player’s side of the net without the ball crossing over to the opponent’s
7.A.3 Hitting the ball under the net or between the net and the net post
7.A.4.... 7.A.14

7B.  (was the old 13.D.1.a) In the spirit of good sportsmanship, players are expected to call any type of fault on themselves **OR THEIR TEAMMATE** as soon as the fault is committed or detected. The fault call must happen before the next serve occurs.
7.C.  (was the old 13.D.1.c). Players may call service foot faults on the opponent’s end of the court. If there is any disagreement among players about the called foot fault, a replay
shall occur.
7.D. (was the old 13.D.1.d) For non-officiated matches, if a player believes an opponent has committed any type of fault other than a service or non- volley zone foot fault as noted in Section 7 –Fault Rules, they may mention the specific fault to the opponent(s) but they have no authority to enforce the fault. The final decision on fault resolution belongs to the player **OR TEAM** that allegedly committed the fault.

Make similar change to move the current 13.D.1.c  "Players may call non-volley zone faults on the opponent’s end of the court. If there is any disagreement among
players about the called foot fault, a replayshall occur" and place at the bottom of that section.

Original Rule Text

SECTION 7 FAULTS (**where the Faults are defined**)
SECTION 13 – TOURNAMENT MANAGEMENT AND OFFICIATING (**where faults are resolved**)
13.D.1. Non-Officiated Play.
13.D.1.a. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, players are expected to call any type of fault on themselves as soon as the fault is committed or detected. The fault call must happen before the next serve occurs.
13.D.1.b. Players call all lines on their end of the court, including non-volley zone and service foot faults.
13.D.1.c. Players may call non-volley zone and service foot faults on the opponent’s end of the court. If there is any disagreement among players about the called foot fault, a replay
shall occur.
13.D.1.d. For non-officiated matches, if a player believes an opponent has committed any type of fault other than a service or non- volley zone foot fault as noted in Section 7 –
Fault Rules, they may mention the specific fault to the opponent(s) but they have no authority to enforce the fault. The final decision on fault resolution belongs to the
player that allegedly committed the fault.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

- All of the other main rules, player responsibilities, and non-refereed rules resolutions are in Sections 1-12.   This is the lone example of rules resolution NOT being in Sections 1-12.

- Reinforces that there are one set of rules for rec play and matches in tournaments.     Admittedly,  the blessing of having referees in a tournament can slightly adjust the “who calls what” convention---but the main rule resolution should exist in the main part of the rulebook.  We players should not have to go looking for a recreational play call resolution deep in “Tournament Management.”   If a tournament match has no referees, it is reasonable to expect that the competitors will follow the same processes as players do in non-tournaments--which is governed by the earlier parts of the rulebook.

- The rest of Section 13 is largely related to tournament administration.  It makes no sense to clutter up this section with rules resolutions.  While many tournament games are not refereed, those players should follow the rest of the rulebook ; if there is a disagreement among players, invoke existing Rule 13.L, which provides additional resolution for unrefereed disagreements in a Tournament.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

We want all players to have useable  eand easy to read rulebook where the rule and the remedy for a broken rule are located together....not in separate sections.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1744
Date CreatedMay 8, 2024
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