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 Rule Change ID Submitted From Comment
1045May 15, 2023Bob

I cannot disagree more. The guidance in 6.D.6 adds confusion to to the rule (6.C) instead of clarity. A ball is either in or out. We as humans may not be able to specifically discern that as if we had a high speed camera with freeze frame but it is absolute. Referees are doing a job which is to make a line call (when appropriate) based on what they saw. Adding 6.D.6 to the requirements for the referee means that based on where the referee stands (to the side of the court) balls could land 3"-4" out an the nearest sideline and he/she would still not see a space. When making line calls the human has to factor in speed, direction, size of the ball, etc. Referees (and players) should make the decision based on where they see the ball land and not a false buffer of having to see space between the ball and the line (especially based on where they stand).

1045May 26, 2023James

Rule "6.D.6. 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" implies the diameter of the ball is used to determine in/out. So rule 6.D.6. is in conflict with this diagram: https://usapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball/judging-ball-in-or-out/ as you can tell it shows the center-line of the ball as the determinant for the ball being in/out. It is is also in conflict with "6.C. A ball contacting the playing surface completely outside of the court is “out"," because it is clearly using the contact point (center-line) of the ball as the determinant for the ball being in. Pick one!

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