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 Title6.C.5. Requesting that Opponent make a line call
Existing Rule #6.C.5.
Proposed Rule Change

6.C.5. A player/team may ask the opponent’s opinion to make the line call on the player’s end of the court. If requested and the opponent makes a clear “in” or “out” call, it must be accepted. If the opponents cannot make a clear “in” or “out” call, then the ball is ruled as being “in” on the receiving team.If the opponents clearly disagree, with one making a clear “in” call an the other making a clear “out” call, then the ball is ruled “out” on the receiving end of the court. The moment the receiving player/team asks for the opponent's opinion, they lose their right to make any subsequent "in" or "out" call for that rally. The receiving team/player may also appeal to the referee to make a clear call. If the referee cannot make a clear call, the outcome of the opponent’s ruling will stand.

Original Rule Text

6.C.5. A player/team may ask the opponent’s opinion to make the line call on the player’s end of the court. If requested and the opponent makes a clear “in” or “out” call, it must be accepted. If the opponents cannot make a clear “in” or “out” call, then the ball is ruled as being “in” on the receiving team. The moment the receiving player/team asks for the opponent's opinion, they lose their right to make any subsequent "in" or "out" call for that rally. The receiving team/player may also appeal to the referee to make a clear call. If the referee cannot make a clear call, the outcome of the opponent’s ruling will stand.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

This proposal follows the pickleball premise that contradictory line call rulings should be resolved in favor of the opponent.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

If team A is facing the net (or has their view blocked for any reason) when team B hits a ball that lands on team A’s end of the court, but team A does not see the ball land, team A may ask team B to make a line call.  At that point one B player may state that the ball was “in” while the other may state that ball was “out”.  In this case it would not be consistent with line calling guidelines that the resolution would be a call that the ball was “in”, benefitting team B.

Situations where a team does not or cannot see a ball when it lands on their end of the court are common during play.  Asking the opponents to make a line call is certainly a legitimate option, but it should follow the same principles which apply to the receiving team when the receiving team is making a line call.  This rule would apply every time an opponent is asked to make a line call and there is clear doubt.

Rule Book Year2025
Rule Change ID1842
Date CreatedMay 15, 2024
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