LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitlePaddle Specs.
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed
Proposed Rule Change

2.E.2 Surface. The paddle’s hitting surface shall not contain delamination, holes, cracks, rough textures, or indentations that break the paddle skin or surface, or any objects or features that allow a player to impart excessive spin on the ball

2.E.5.a. The only alterations or additions that may be made to a commercially made paddle are edge guard tape, lead tape, changes to the grip size or grip wrap, and name decals and/or other identification markings on the paddle face.  Player alterations or additions to a commercially produced paddle as certified, may include items such as edge guard tape/replacements, weighted tape, weights for an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) integrated weight system, changes to the grip size via inserts, grip wraps, OEM interchangeable grips, OEM replacement paddle faces, and name decals and/or other identification markings on the paddle face.

2.E.5.c. Hand-drawn or handwritten markings are allowed on the paddle’s playing surface as long as they do not impact the surface roughness and are in good taste. No aftermarket graphics are allowed on a commercially made paddle other than “hand-drawn” or “handwritten” pen markings. Any hand-drawn or handwritten depictions must be in good taste. The only permissible handwritten pen markings allowed on the paddle’s playing surface must be for identification purposes only (name, signature, phone, email address). No aftermarket graphics are allowed on a commercially made paddle. 

2.E.6.e. Removable parts. Only removable parts except for paddle grip adjustments and/or grip wraps and lead tape on the paddle edge. (This is the rule to be moved to the Equipment Standards Manual.)

Original Rule Text

2.E.2 Surface. The paddle’s hitting surface shall not contain delamination, holes, cracks, or indentations that break the paddle skin or surface. 

2.E.5.a. The only alterations or additions that may be made to a commercially made paddle are edge guard tape, lead tape, changes to the grip size or grip wrap, and name decals and/or other identification markings on the paddle face. 

2.E.5.c. Hand-drawn or handwritten markings are allowed on the paddle’s playing surface as long as they do not impact the surface roughness and are in good taste. No aftermarket graphics are allowed on a commercially made paddle other than “hand-drawn” or “handwritten” pen markings. Any hand-drawn or handwritten depictions must be in good taste. 

2.E.6.e. Removable parts. Only removable parts except for paddle grip adjustments and/or grip wraps and lead tape on the paddle edge.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

The Board sees the need to expand the paddle rules to allow permissible paddle alterations
based on emerging new paddle technology. The Equipment Standards (ES) Manual will address those
paddle specifications and characteristics that are designed and built into a paddle at the point of
manufacture and which can be addressed in the paddle approval/certification process including current
2.E.6.e which will be moved to the ES Manual. The rules in the rulebook must be consistent with those
in the ES Manual. Additionally, they should address the allowable post-production modifications that
can be made by a player, some of which will now encompass new paddle technology.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1352
Date CreatedNovember 27, 2023
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