LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

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Rule Submission TitleAlter 4.D.2 to allow for change of score caller
USAP Board Vote ReasonNot voted upon
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFail
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 8.6 Detail:7,7,10,10,7,10,9
Existing Rule #4.D.2
Proposed Rule Change

4.D.2. In non-officiated play, the server normally calls the score, but the server’s partner may call the score if the server is unable to call the score. The person calling the score shall not change during the game without notifying the other team of the change before the serve.
4.D.2.a. If the partner of the person designated to call the score for the game inadvertently calls the score, no fault shall be called and the person designated to call the score shall recall the score to start the rally.

Original Rule Text

4.D.2. In non-officiated play, the server normally calls the score, but the server’s partner may call the score if the server is unable to call the score. The person calling the score shall not change during the game.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

There are instances where one partner has a very soft voice and it is difficult for the receiving team to hear them. This change would allow that team to have the partner call the score during the game to help keep the game moving along without the receiving team not fully hearing the score being called.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID72
Date CreatedJune 20, 2021
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