SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

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Rule Submission TitleReword 4.L for consistency
Existing Rule #4.L
Proposed Rule Change

4.L. Service Foot Faults.
During the serve, it is a fault against the server resulting in loss of serve if, when the ball is struck, the server’s feet shall:
4.L.1. Not Touches the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline.
4.L.2. Not Touches the area on the wrong side of the imaginary extension of the centerline.
4.L.3. Not Touches the court, including the baseline.

Original Rule Text

4.L. Service Foot Faults. During the serve, when the ball is struck, the server’s feet shall:
4.L.1. Not touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline.
4.L.2. Not touch the area on the wrong side of the imaginary extension of the centerline.
4.L.3. Not touch the court, including the baseline.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Note how peer rules are written:  4L describes what is permissible while 4M and 4N describe what constitutes a violation. This is inconsistent among similar rules and inconsistent with Guiding Principle 3 “Center on what should NOT occur, not what is permitted or allowed”

For example

4.L. Service Foot Faults. During the serve, when the ball is struck, the server’s feet shall:.....
4.M. Service Faults. During the service, it is a fault against the server resulting in loss of serve if…
4.N. Receiver Faults. It is a fault against the receiving team resulting in a point for the server if…

I think that if this rule is re-written, you may be able to eliminate "Section 4" from the troublesome rule 7.F. "Violation of Section 4, Section 9, and Section 11 rules."  Rules and their remedies should be together in their respective Sections.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Just re-wording 4.L to read in a similar manner to the other portions of Section 4

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1746
Date CreatedMay 8, 2024
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