LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleRule adjustments Non Sanctioned tournaments
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonNon sanctioned tournaments have the authority to do what they want with the rules for all brackets, including those above 3.5. USAP does not have authority to place additional restrictions on the tournament director.
Existing Rule #Page 1
Proposed Rule Change

Non-sanctioned tournaments may also use these sections as guidelines. Tournament Directors for non-sanctioned tournaments may be flexible with the rules for brackets 3.5 and belowthese guidelines to better fit the skills, ages, and diversity of the players. USA Pickleball enthusiastically encourages these non-sanctioned tournaments to promote the knowledge and growth of the sport, and skill development, while having fun playing pickleball.

Original Rule Text

Non-sanctioned tournaments may also use these sections as guidelines. Tournament Directors for non-sanctioned tournaments may be flexible in the use of these guidelines to better fit the skills, ages, and diversity of their players. USA Pickleball enthusiastically encourages these non-sanctioned tournaments to promote knowledge and growth of the sport, and skill development, while having fun playing pickleball

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Skill levels higher then 3.5 should be following all the rules, as these players have already developed the skills necessary to follow the rules.  These players are already enjoying and growing the sport.  Players that are above a 3.5 rating, should be following the rules that define our sport.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1206
Date CreatedMay 15, 2023
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