SUGGESTED USA PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR 2025

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Rule Submission TitleConfict between Rules 8.B and 13.D.1.a ......and Rule 13.D.1.d
Existing Rule #8.A, 13. D.1.a, 13.D.1.d
Proposed Rule Change

8.B. (I cannot make a recommendation on how to word this and will leave it to the Rules Committee).

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) upon completion of the rally but they have no authority to enforce the fault. The final decision on fault resolution belongs to the player that allegedly committed the fault.

Original Rule Text

8.B. A fault called by a referee or player, or a fault committed by a player, will result in a dead ball.
(**Seems to suggest any player can call any fault on their opponent at any time***)

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.  (**Seems to suggest any player can call any fault on their opponent at any time***)

VERSUS....

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.  (**Seems to suggest any player can call any fault on only themselves at any time***)

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

This suggestion offers an alternative to what the Committee may have considered in Suggestion 1661.  THAT suggestion would allow an identification of an opponent's fault at the moment it happened (to avoid a 2-chance scenario); this suggestion mandates the 'mentioning' until after the rally. This suggestion also seeks to clarify (soften) that 8B does not actually grant "any fault" calling authority to an opponent.

 

There appears to be (at worst) a conflict or (at best) a very ambiguous interpretation  of Rule 8B and 13.D.1.d (both seem to give a player the authority to call ANY fault on their opponent at any time and stop play), and

and 13.D.1.a, which seems to limit the calling of "all faults" on oneself or their teammate.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Anytime a fault occurs.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1796
Date CreatedMay 14, 2024
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