LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleDrop Serve - no propelling down, tossing up, or spinning the ball
USAP Board Vote ReasonPassed
USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason"Passed with edits . 1) Approved primarily for consistency with the volley serve change that prevents one handed spin serve Use similar language about spin as in 524."
Existing Rule #4.A.6.b.
Proposed Rule Change

4.A.6.b. The ball shall not be propelled (thrown)
downward or tossed or hit upward with the
paddle. The ball may not be spun during its release.

Original Rule Text

4.A.6.b. The ball shall not be propelled (thrown)
downward or tossed or hit upward with the
paddle.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

If you visit many social media pickleball groups or play in rec games, there is much disagreement on if or when you can spin the ball during release using a drop serve. The rule as written mentions tossing the ball up or propelling it downward but doesn't specifically say you can't spin the ball on release even though it seems implied. Adding a specific phrase prohibiting spin clears up any doubt.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Applies to drop serves.

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID399
Date CreatedMay 22, 2022
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