LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleIncorrect player or position
USAP Board Vote ReasonFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFailed. 1) We'd be asking every single match to change the end of match procedure ( requiring all teams to sign the scoresheet) for a relatively rare occurrence. 2) This drastically reduces the amount of time that they identify an out of position error. 3) We don't want a referee error to substantially affect the outcome of the match 4) If passed, the change about referees correcting players out of position would address this.
Existing Rule #4B10
Proposed Rule Change

The offending team can be faulted until the next serve occurs or prior to the score sheet being signed by both teams at the end of the match.

Original Rule Text

The offending team can be faulted until the next serve occurs or prior to the score sheet being returned to the tournament operations desk.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
  1. This gives both teams a chance to look at the score sheet and confirm the outcome.
  2. The score sheet becomes a final document when signed preventing any change.
  3. If there is a discrepancy it can be handled when both teams are present preventing any chance of having to go find the teams if it is decided that there should be a replay.
  4. The referee will have the confidence that both teams or players agree with their score sheet since it is signed and agreed upon conclusion of the match
Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID404
Date CreatedMay 25, 2022
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