LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleMake 13.D.1.c. and 13.D1.d. consistent
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonExpanding the type of faults that players can call on their opponent will invite conflict among players and will not be good for the game. Players calling service motion faults would be particularly problematic. The rules currently allow players to request a referee as a recourse to detect other faults.
Existing Rule #13.D.1.c. and 13.D1.d.
Proposed Rule Change

13.D.1 Non-officiated Play



13.D.1.c. Players may call non-volley zone and service faults on the opponent’s end of the court. This includes service foot faults, illegal service motions, incorrect servers and receivers and players out of position. If there is any disagreement among players about the called service fault, a replay shall occur. 



13.D.1.d. For non officiated matches, iIf a player believes an opponent has committed any type of fault other than a service or non-volley zone fault as noted in Section 7 - Fault Rules, they may mention the specific fault to the opponent(s) but they have no authority to enforce the fault. The final decision on fault resolution belongs to the player that allegedly committed the fault.

Original Rule Text

13.D.1 Non-officiated Play



13.D.1.c. Players may call non-volley zone and service foot faults on the opponent’s end of the court. If there is any disagreement among players about the called foot fault, a replay shall occur.



13.D.1.d For non officiated matches, if a player believes an opponent has committed any type of fault other than a service or non-volley zone fault as noted in Section 7 - Fault Rules, they may mention the specific fault to the opponent(s) but they have no authority to enforce the fault. The final decision on fault resolution belongs to the player that allegedly committed the fault.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

13.D.1.c. references Service Foot Faults while 13.D.1.d. reference Service Fault. Service Fault is much broader that Service Foot Faults, therefore the following changes are proposed:



13.D.1.c. Change ‘Service Foot Faults’ to ‘Service Faults’ to make it consistent with 13.D.1.d. and to cover illegal service motions, incorrect servers and receivers and players out of position in the Non-Officiated play section. This patches a ‘hole’ in the faults included in this Non-Officiated Play Section. 



13.D.1.c Remove the words ‘In non-officiated matches’. This duplicative as it is in the Non-Officiated Play section.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1018
Date CreatedApril 10, 2023
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