|Rule Submission Title||Change Contact Point of Serve to Below the Hip|
|Rule Book Year||2022|
|Date Created||June 25, 2021|
|Rule Change ID||109|
|Existing Rule #||4.A.5|
|Original Rule Text|
4.A.5 Contact with the ball must not be made above the waist.
|Proposed Rule Change|
4.A.5 Contact with the ball must not be made above the hip.
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change|
Two reasons for this change both designed to enforce the "underhand" serve in pickleball.
- The paddle being above the wrist (4.A.4.) is the most violated rule and uncalled rule violation in pickleball. And thus when a questionable serve occurs it is frequently a topic of discussion/argument in refereed matches. If you watch tape you can find this rule being violated at almost any tournament including the pro level yet I have never seen a serve violation called . By moving the contact point to below the hip it is harder to violate this rule.
- The hip bone is easier to determine visually than the navel. Thus it is easer for referees to call violations than with the current rule.
|IFP Voting Status||Average: 2.4 Detail:1,0,0,7,2,7,0|
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