List of Suggested USA Pickleball Rule Changes for 2023

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 Rule Book Year Existing Rule # Rule Change ID Rule Submission Title USAP Board Voting Status USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusLink to Single Entry
202311.H.40611.H. Items on the Court.PassedPassed. 1) simple editorial changeView Details
20233.A.6.4053.A.6. DistractionFailedFailed. 1) Doesn't significantly improve the rule 2) The proposed rule is written from the perspective of a player, but a distraction is actually called by the referee.View Details
2023None3723rd and 4th shot RuleFailedFailed: 1) Unenforceable 2) Impractical to expect all players to have complete control over where their shot goes. 3) There are many trainers who teach effective, safe ways to respond to lobsView Details
20234.A.1.4964.A.1. The entire score must be called before the ball is served.FailedFailed. Reverts back to previous years when there was confusion about the service motion and serves.View Details
20236.D.75016.D.7. Players shall not call a ball "out" unless they can clearly see a space between the line and the ball as it hits the ground.FailedFailed. Same as rule suggestion 389View Details
20232.G.1568All clothing colors are acceptableFailedFailed. See the approved suggestion 526.View Details
20236.A.290All Lines InFailedFailed. Also, technically the way this is written would mean a ball hitting the NVZ sideline would be in.View Details
202313.g.1.j444Allow coaching during play rather than only at time outs and between games.FailedFailed. Too much of a change to the basic tenets of the game.View Details
20234B273Alternate Serve / ScoringFailedFailed. Confusing proposal. Another rally scoring suggestion will be reviewedView Details
20237.D.567Ambiguous wordingPassedPassed. Wording was modified by the rules committee.View Details
20236.D.5324Appeals to refereeFailedFailed. The edit is redundant and attempts to address something that isn't an issueView Details
20232.e.6545Carbon faced paddlesFailedFailed. The paddle testing standards are based on surface roughness, not on the paddle material. If the paddle meets the standards, it should be approved.View Details
20232.B. Lines and Areas292Center line in the NVZFailedFailed. We are fine with the temporary solution for mini-singles. Definitely would not want a dashed line.View Details
202313.G.2.d489Challenge of a referee ruling and the declining the challenge once the Head Referee arrives at the court with no remaining time-outsFailedFailed. Proposal was too broad and overreaching. Proposal did not address all scenarios.View Details
20233.A. 24485Change definition of permanent object to concur with proposed changes to rule 11K.FailedFailed. Too many scenarios where the result would be a fault, replay or let the rally standView Details
202313G-13M224Change Penalization Process - Technical Foul/Verbal WarningsFailedFailed. Current process is not causing issuesView Details
202313D.1.b & c580clarification of Player Line and FAult Call Responsibilities in non-officiated playPassedPassed. We agree that the last sentence of the proposed 13.D.1.d is not necessary and should not be included.View Details
20234.B.6.b517Clean up wording of 4.B.6.B to properly differentiate among Starting Server and First Server and correct positionsFailedFailed. Although this may be marginally better wording, this is not a rule change. Most of the issues with people not understanding the rule result in having a discussion to help them understand the concept involved in the rule. The proposed change won't drastically reduce the potential confusion.View Details
20232.G.1526Clothing as a distractionPassedPassed. This doesn't add any additional punative result. This just clarifies that the TD can choose to request apparel changes due to the clothing matching the ball color. It also suggests to players that they should not intentionally choose clothing that is the same color as the tournament ball.View Details
20234.B.8.392Confirming correct score, server/receiver, positionFailedFailed. 1) Not necessary 2) We have heard of only 1 incident where this has been an issue 3) Sportsmanship issues are covered at the section 1, not in the specific rulesView Details
20232.A.1361Court Dimensions for SinglesFailedFailed. Moot point now that mini-singles is available.View Details
202311.E.360Degraded but not cracked ballPassedPassed with editsView Details
20234.A.6.b.399Drop Serve - no propelling down, tossing up, or spinning the ballPassed"Passed with edits . 1) Approved primarily for consistency with the volley serve change that prevents one handed spin serve Use similar language about spin as in 524."View Details
20234.B, 4.D, 4.M, 4.N536Eliminating Out of Position Faults and Minimizing Incorrect Score Call OccurencesFailedFailed. Part 1) Change referee score calling process: Failed. Too cumbersome Part 2) Allow the referee to change player positions: Failed. This is part of the mental game. Players may ask questions to help them not fault. It would be referee coaching. Part 3) Allow a good faith rally to stand. Failed. This would allow an incorrectly formatted rally ( server/receiver) to stand. The error would be a fault if the referee caught it, but not if they didnt? Part 4) Non - officiated match score calling procedure. Failed. Reason: The server is supposed to wait until the receiver is ready. Receivers have clear not-ready signals to slow down quick servers, if they get caught by one. Receivers can claim non-readiness.View Details
20234.A.5524Eliminating the spin servePassed"Passed. 1) Original purpose was to just use the serve to get a begin play 2) Most players cannot master a truly effective spin serve, or return a good spin serve 3) Effective spin serves require more court space to allow a receiver to react. 4) Only a limited number of players have mastered this, giving them an unfair advantage 5) It is particularly devastating for amateur players Edit: replace 'reserve' with 'replay'"View Details
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