|Rule Submission Title
|Non-Officiated Rule Summary for Players and Referees
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason
|This would require a closer examination of the content to ensure that it is comprehensive and accurate. While such a list may be useful, it would be challenging to maintain a separate appendix for this purpose and opens the door for errors in managing the rulebook.
|Existing Rule #
|13.D.1.c and 12.D.1.d
|Proposed Rule Change
|Original Rule Text
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
During rec play and in tournaments where there is non-officiated play, many players and referees seek information about what USA Pickleball Rules are enforceable and what rules are not, in non-officiated play. In reality, many game scenarios/situations result in replays, which is not the accurate action as per USA Pickleball rules. The aforementioned table labeled with USA Pickleball Rules Source, Game Situation in Non-Officiated Play, and Action in Non-Officiated Play makes clear, what actions should happen for each non-officiated game situation. This summary is similar to summaries and tables now included in the 2023 USA PICKLEBALL HANDBOOK: APPENDIX C - Standardized Calls and Announcements, ACTIONS THAT CAN INTERRUPT PLAY table, LINE CALL APPEAL ACTIONS table, PENALTY SYSTEM table, APPENDIX B: Penalties, table.
I suggest that notations should be kept with each rule, in addition to, a summary for Non-Officiated Play. There is a good chance that this will enhance and provide clarity to players and referees who use the USA Pickleball Rulebook as a resource, for non-officiated play. This may also yield a decrease in the use of Replays for game situations for which Replays are not intended.
Thank you to the USA Pickleball Rules Committee for your consideration.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
|Upload Any Supporting Documentation
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|April 30, 2023