LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleSingle Elimination WITHOUT Consolation for Pro and Sr Pro Player tournaments
USAP Board VotePassed with modification
USAP Board Vote ReasonThe Board approved the original suggestion as written, with the restriction to Pro/Senior Pro brackets.
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed with modification
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonApproved with modification to allow the format for all skill levels. The Tournament Director will have the authority to determine whether or not to use this format.
Existing Rule #12.C, 12.G
Proposed Rule Change

12.C.X. (Pro and Senior Pro Player Brackets) Single Elimination. The first player/team to score the match-winning point by at least a two-point margin wins.  The final two players/teams in the winner’s bracket play for the gold/first-place and silver/second-place medals.  The determination of the final standings of the remaining players/teams is left to the discretion of tournament officials.

12.G.Two-Match Minimum. In all USA PICKLEBALL-sanctioned tournaments, each entrant shall be entitled to participate in a minimum of two scheduled matches per event entered. Exception: Single Elimination events guarantee only 1 match per event.

Original Rule Text

12.G.Two-Match Minimum. In all USA PICKLEBALL-sanctioned tournaments, each entrant shall be entitled to participate in a minimum of two scheduled matches per event entered.

 

 

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

 

Pro Tours desire the option to hold sanctioned tournaments without a consolation format.  The reason for this is because it's easier to market the tournament to broadcast partners and potential sponsors.  It now becomes easier to advertise when, for example, the quarterfinals and semifinal matches will occur.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

 

All Pro / Sr Pro tournament that selects this format

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1189
Date CreatedMay 11, 2023
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