|Rule Submission Title
|USAP Board Voting Status
|Not voted upon
|USAP Rules Committee Voting Status
|IFP Voting Status
|Average: 7.3 Detail:8,3,8,8,10,8,6
|Existing Rule #
|4.B.6 + numerous others
|Proposed Rule Change
Doubles. One player on a team will serve before a side out is declared. A side out will occur once a rally is lost or a fault is committed by the serving team and service is awarded to the opposing team.
|Original Rule Text
Doubles. Both players on a team will serve before a side out is declared, except at the start of each game, when only the starting server will serve. The starting server of each game is therefore designated as “Server 2” for scoring purposes, since a side out will occur once a rally is lost or a fault is committed by the serving team and service is awarded to the opposing team.
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
Since pickleball was originally developed based on a badminton court and some of the badminton rules, you would expect that rally-point scoring would have been implemented in pickleball back when it was implemented for badminton is 2006. (Volleyball implemented rally-point scoring in 1999).
Pickleball remains the only racquet/net sport that has not permanently implemented a rally-point scoring system!
What is rally-point scoring?
Change in Strategy?
I've heard the tired old argument that rally-point scoring will require a change in strategy - how players approach the game. Well it certainly will require players to be even more focused from the start of matches. What it won't change is the fundamental elements of the game and of playing winning pickleball. It will still remain a highly-skilled sport with a great variety and different styles of play.
To increase the passion and engagement in pickleball - to grow our fan base globally and make it accessible to all, we need to make the change to rally-point scoring sooner, rather than later. It's inevitable - let's do it now!
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
This would represent a fundamental change. I believe the change should be immediate and universal, in the same way it was implemented by volleyball in 1999 and badminton in 2006, and has always been used by tennis, squash, racquetball & table tennis.
Suggested match scoring:
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 10, 2021