Rule Submission TitleChange Contact Point of Serve to Below the Hip
USAP Board Voting StatusNot voted upon
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusFail
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 2.4 Detail:1,0,0,7,2,7,0
Existing Rule #4.A.5
Proposed Rule Change

4.A.5 Contact with the ball must not be made above the hip.

Original Rule Text

4.A.5 Contact with the ball must not be made above the waist.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Two reasons for this change both designed to enforce the "underhand" serve in pickleball.

  1. The paddle being above the wrist (4.A.4.) is the most violated rule and uncalled rule violation in pickleball.  And thus when a questionable serve occurs it is frequently a topic of discussion/argument in refereed matches.  If you watch tape you can find this rule being violated at almost any tournament including the pro level yet I have never seen a serve violation called .  By moving the contact point to below the hip it is harder to violate this rule.
  2. The hip bone is easier to determine visually than the navel.  Thus it is easer for referees to call violations than with the current rule.
Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID109
Date CreatedJune 25, 2021
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