LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleEquipment Time-Outs
USAP Board Vote ReasonPassed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonPassed.
Existing Rule #10.D
Proposed Rule Change

10.D.Equipment Time-Outs. Players are expected to keep all apparel and equipment in good playable condition. and are expected to use regular time-outs and time between games for adjustments and replacement of equipment. If a player or team is out of time-outs and If the referee determines that an equipment change or adjustment is necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match, the referee may award an equipment time-out of reasonable duration. of up to 2 minutes. Rule 10.A.5 will be used to continue play.  In non-officiated matches, players will work out a reasonable accommodation among themselves for equipment malfunctions.

Original Rule Text

10.D.Equipment Time-Outs. Players are expected to keep all apparel and equipment in good playable condition and are expected to use regular time-outs and time between games for adjustments and replacement of equipment. If a player or team is out of time-outs and the referee determines that an equipment change or adjustment is necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match, the referee may award an equipment time-out of up to 2 minutes. Rule 10.A.5 will be used to continue play.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

 

This proposal eliminates the inconsistency of how equipment time-outs are handled at tournaments between matches with and without referees.  For the same equipment malfunction, players in non-officiated tournament matches will work out a reasonable accommodation for a player who has for example, a broken paddle.   The opponents won’t typically ‘charge’ the other a time-out either. That, however, has never been part of the rules.  This proposal codifies what is happening naturally in matches without a referee. Contrast that to the prescriptiveness in the rule for a match with a referee.  This proposal removes that inconsistency.  Furthermore, requiring players to use their regular time-outs for circumstances beyond their reasonable control, for example, a broken paddle, sunglasses, hat, etc., is inconsistent with other situations where we expect referees to use their best judgment.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

All play

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID539
Date CreatedJune 27, 2022
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