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 TitleAdditional Time-Out Awarded at "Overtime"
Existing Rule #n/a
Proposed Rule Change

Overtime Definition: Overtime occurs when the score is tied at one point below the game format points. Example: 10–10 for a game to 11.

10.A._ Overtime Time-Out: An additional time-out will be given to each team when a game goes into overtime.

Original Rule Text

N/A

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

In other sports, additional time-outs are given when the game goes into overtime.  The game itself is getting more strategic and being played at a faster pace.  Giving an additional timeout is progressing with the "current" game.

For those teams that take timeouts, this would be a plus. For those playing singles, this would help with their stamina to finish the game strong.

This may also affect the Pro side with video challenges.

 

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

When an 11 point game gets to 10-10, a 15 point game gets to 14-14, or a 21 point game gets to 20-20, the additional timeout would be awarded.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1787
Date CreatedMay 14, 2024
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