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.p439Smart watchesFailedFailed. Difficult to enforce. Some people need them for medical reasons.View Details
20234.A497Swing attempts on the serve.FailedFailed. A swing and a miss is not a fault. To obtrusive.View 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
202311.N495Paddle Use/CarryFailedFailed. Proposal will be addressed in the casebook.View Details
202311.K491Proposed changes regarding net post support structuresFailedFailed. Too many scenarios where the result would be a fault, replay or let the rally standView 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
202313. G.1.g488Head Referee called then declinedFailedFailed. 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
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
202313.J498Referee ruling appealed then rescindedFailedFailed. Proposal was too broad and overreaching. Proposal did not address all scenarios.View Details
20232.B.4. Service Court438Proposed 2023 Service Court Rule ChangeFailedFailed. Changing this rule would make the NVZ line become inconsistent as it would be part of the NVZ at certain times and not part of the NVZ at others.View Details
202311.I.1434Plane of the Net exceptionFailedFailed. Keeping the current wording would help clarify situations when this event does occur.View Details
20234.A.4428Volley Serving rule to discard pleaseFailedFailed. 1) We would want to see some type of study about the potential impact of allowing the paddle head to be above the wrist. 2) We have no evidence of how players might take advantage of removing this restriction. 3) Removing it would not significantly make a referee's job easier when trying to identify an invalid serveView 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
20234B10404Incorrect player or positionFailedFailed. 1) We'd be asking every single match to change the end of match procedure ( requiring all teams to sign the scoresheet) for a relatively rare occurrence. 2) This drastically reduces the amount of time that they identify an out of position error. 3) We don't want a referee error to substantially affect the outcome of the match 4) If passed, the change about referees correcting players out of position would address this.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
20236.D.7.389The "out" debacle and contradictionFailedPassed 1) Passed last year by the rules committee but overridden by the boardView Details
202313G-13M224Change Penalization Process - Technical Foul/Verbal WarningsFailedFailed. Current process is not causing issuesView 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
20234.M502Single Toss ServeFailedFailed. We do not want to limit the number of serve attempts. Note that the spin serve will now be illegal.View Details
2023Many513Rally scoring option for singles and doublesFailedFailed. USAP not ready to incorporate this as a rule. A task force will be formed in 2023 to investigate the details of how to implement this.View Details
20234.A.2514Placement for mini-singlesFailedFailed. The mini singles information is already presented on the USAP website. There are other aspects of MS that would also need to be codified in the rulebook. So, this rule suggestion, as written, is not complete. The intent to create a more complete rule change suggestion for the 2024 rulebook.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
202313.4.H518Late forfeited team also forfeits their chance at the coin toss/fair method.FailedFailed. This adds an additional penatly to the team that has already lost the first game. That is not necessary.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
 Rule Book Year Existing Rule # Rule Change ID Rule Submission Title USAP Board Voting Status USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusLink to Single Entry