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
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
20234.A497Swing attempts on the serve.FailedFailed. A swing and a miss is not a fault. To obtrusive.View Details
202313.J498Referee ruling appealed then rescindedFailedFailed. Proposal was too broad and overreaching. Proposal did not address all scenarios.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
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
2023The Players Section on Page 1521Guidance on clothing colorPassedPassed. This doesn't add any additional punative result. This just clarifies that the Tournament Director 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.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
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
202312.C.3527Round robin tie-breaking rule clarification.PassedPassedView 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
202310.D539Equipment Time-OutsPassedPassed.View Details
20232.G.4540Time-outs for apparel changesPassedPassedView Details
20234.K544Wrong score calledPassedView 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
20234.K550Wrong Score CalledFailedFailed. See the approved changed under 544.View Details
20236.D.11.561Out balls-partner communicationFailedFailed. Reason same as 277.View Details
20237.D.567Ambiguous wordingPassedPassed. Wording was modified by the rules committee.View Details
20232.G.1568All clothing colors are acceptableFailedFailed. See the approved suggestion 526.View Details
20234.B.7569Partner PositionsFailedFailed. This is not perceived to be a problem that needs a rule change to solve. Referees or players would not immediately call the score in this situation because the player is not seen to be ready.View Details
202311.M.570Elimination of Shots around the net postFailedFailed. An ATP, along with the frequent defense of an ATP, are some of the most exciting shots in pickleball. The team who has to defend an ATP has often made strategic errors that set up the ATP for the opponent. Why should their opponent be restricted from making a great shot at that point?View Details
2023Section 1572The GameFailedFailed. Not needed because the referee duties are clearly defined in 13.C.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