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 TitlePlay Strategy Style Pickleball
Existing Rule #Not sure
Proposed Rule Change

The team serving the ball shall have the ball drop and bounce in the NVZ on the 3rd shot.

The receiving team cannot take the ball out of the air on that 3rd shot and must let it bounce before returning the ball.

Failure to do so results in either a side out or a point.

Original Rule Text

Not sure of the original number for this rule

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Paddle technology is transforming the style of play. Players coming from tennis in addition to the new technology are moving away from skill shots and moving more towards how hard can I hit this ball hoping to hit body mass instead of real estate. Many players I talk to are no longer feeling like pickleball is a skill sport but rather a power sport from 14 feet away. No other sport can place a ball at your body from 14 feet away and at least 34 mph - 45 mph.

With this rule change, players will be forced to focus on skill and thus producing a somewhat slowed down game initially and creating an opportunity for more that 2 hits and you are out mentality and also reducing potential for injury.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Age group play

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1789
Date CreatedMay 14, 2024
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