LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleClarification of Net Post & Net Wire In/Out of Bounds (Rules 11.K and 11.L)
USAP Board VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed with modification
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThe intent of the change is vaild. Editorially, delete "circumference" since that would not apply to a square net post. Only curved shpes have a circumference. Do not relocate the first sentence of 11.L.1 to 11.L because it is too specific to be a lead-in to all subsections under 11.L.
Existing Rule #11.K and 11.L
Proposed Rule Change (edited)

11.K. Net Posts. The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, net cable or rope on top of the net post, or other support construction) are positioned out of bounds. 



11.K.1 It is a fault if a player contacts the net post while the ball is in play.

11.K.2. A ball contacting the net post results in a dead ball and the team that hit the ball loses the rally.
11.K.1. A ball contacting the net, the net cable, or rope between the net posts remains in play.

11.L. Net.

11.L.1 The net and the wires or strings holding up the net are positioned (mostly) on the court. Therefore, iIf the ball strikes the top of the net or the top net cable or rope that is between the net post and the net strikes the top net wire or stringand lands inbounds, it remains in play.

Proposed Rule Change

11.K. Net Posts. The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, net cable or rope on top of the net post circumference, or other support construction) are positioned out of bounds. 



11.K.1 It is a fault if a player contacts the net post while the ball is in play.

11.K.2. A ball contacting the net post results in a dead ball and the team that hit the ball loses the rally.
11.K.1. A ball contacting the net, the net cable, or rope between the net posts remains in play.

11.L. Net. The net and the net cable or rope holding up the net are positioned (mostly) on the court.



11.L.1 The net and the wires or strings holding up the net are positioned (mostly) on the court. Therefore, iIf the ball strikes the top of the net or the top net cable or rope that is between the net post and the net strikes the top net wire or stringand lands inbounds, it remains in play.

Original Rule Text

11.K. Net Posts. The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, or other support construction) are positioned out of bounds. It is a fault if a player contacts the net post while the ball is in play.

11.K.1. A ball contacting the net, the net cable, or rope between the net posts remains in play.

11.L. Net.

11.L.1.  The net and the wires or strings holding up the net are positioned (mostly) on the court. Therefore, if the ball strikes the top of the net or strikes the top net wire or string and lands inbounds, it remains in play.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

1. Rationale is that if the net post is defined as being out of bounds then logically anything that is in the net posts circumference (e.g. the net cable or rope on top of the net post circumference) is also out of bounds.



2. Over the past 2 years there have been several conference call discussion regarding the ‘net cable or rope’ that is on top of the net post. Specifically if the ball hits just the ‘net cable or rope’ that is on top of the net post is it a fault/dead ball. The rulebook currently does not provide clarity on this.



3. Updated terms for Clarity - 11.K.1 uses the terms ‘net cable or rope’ and 11.L.1 uses the terms ‘wires or string holding up the net’. For consistency and clarity changed to net cable or rope in both.


Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1020
Date CreatedApril 10, 2023
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