LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

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Rule Submission Titleclarification of Player Line and FAult Call Responsibilities in non-officiated play
USAP Board Vote ReasonPassed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonPassed. We agree that the last sentence of the proposed 13.D.1.d is not necessary and should not be included.
Existing Rule #13D.1.b & c
Proposed Rule Change

13.D.1.a In the spirit of good sportsmanship, players are expected to call any type of fault(s) on themselves as soon as the fault is committed or detected.  The fault call must happen before the next serve occurs.   ((*new placement of this statement))

13.D.1.b Players call all lines on their side of the court, including NVZ and service foot faults.  ((Same statement new letter b)) 

13.D.1.c Players may call NVZ foot faults and service foot faults on the opponent's side of the court. If there is any disagreement among players about the called fault, a replay shall occur.

13.D.1.d  For non-officiated matches, if a player believes another player has committed any type of fault other than a baseline or NVZ fault as noted in Section 7 - Fault Rules they may mention the specific fault to player(s) but have no authority to enforce the fault.  The final decision on fault resolution belongs to the player that allegedly committed the fault.  **may not need following: The exception to which player has enforcement authority is provided in Rule 13D.1.b.

Original Rule Text

13.D.1.b Players may call NVZ and service foot faults on the opponent's side of the court. If there is any disagreement among players about the called fault, a replay shall occur.

13.D.1.c In the spirit of good sportsmanship, players are expected to call faults on themselves as soon as the fault is committed or detected.  The fault call must happen before the next serve occurs.  For non-officiated matches, if a player believes a player has committed a fault, they may mention the specific fault to player(sP but have no authority to enforce the fault.  The final decision on fault resolution belongs to the player that allegedly committed the fault.  The exception to which player has enforcement authority is provided in Rule 13D.1.b.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Players and trained referees have asked me for clarity about the above rules, I emailed Mark Peifer, Bob Swisshelm and Joe Santoro on May 14th to help me understand the background and explanation of these rules and received great feed back from Mark.  I believe I understand both rules more clearly now and the difference and think that the addition of the above words provided a distinction.  Clearly 2022 "b" is specific to foot faults and 2022 "c" about any other type of fault ie double bounce, contact net system, live ball stopped, carry, etc.

One person who I trained as a referee insisted to me that either foot fault or a non foot fault dispute results in the "resolution belongs to the player that allegedly committed the fault" and a replay was not an option.   This person sited the referee test question 139 which refers to 13.D.1.c, I have not come across a referee or player test question that refers to 2022 13.D.1.b about foot faults.

 

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

I return a ball to my opponent which is a winner, my opponent insists it double bounced on my side, I am convinced that I hit the ball after only one bounce, the decision would be mine.

My opponent hits a ball to my partner at mid chest level, may partner punch volley's it back defensively from the transition zone, the opponent insists the ball came off my partners forearm, not the paddle.  The decision of if a fault occurred relies with the person who made contact with the ball and knows where the contact was made.  Honesty and good sportsmanship is expected.

I am at the NVZ and my opponent just hit a volley, I believe that she stepped onto the NVZ line before regaining balance and pulling foot back, I state this at the end of the rally and she disagrees, this would result in a replay.

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID580
Date CreatedJune 30, 2022
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