Rule Submission TitleEdits to rule 5
USAP Board Voting StatusApproved
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusPass
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 7.6 Detail:7,5,8,10,3,10,10
Existing Rule #5
Proposed Rule Change

5,B. Change of Ends Between Games.

5.B.1. Players/Teams switch ends and initial service upon the completion of each game.

5.B.2. A maximum of 2 minutes is allowed between games. The referee will announce a 15-second warning. When the full 2 minutes have elapsed, the referee will state the game number, call “Time in”, call the score and start the 10-second count. The referee will call the score even if all players are not on the court and/or not ready to play. (See Rule 4.E.) If both players/teams agree, play may resume early.

5.C. Change of Ends During a Game.

5.C.1. In a match with two out of three games to 11 points, in game three, the player/teams will switch ends when the first player/team reaches a score of 6. Serve remains with the player holding serve. Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.

5.C.2.  In a game to 15 point, the player/team will switch ends when the first player/team reaches a score of 8.  Serve remains with the player holding serve.  Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.

5.C.3.  In a game to 21 points, the player/team will switch ends when the first player/team reaches a score of 11.  Serve remains with the player holding the serve.  Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.

5.C.4.  After the end change has occurred, a technical foul resulting in the loss of a point for the serving player/teamshall have no impact on the completed end change.

10.F. Time to Change Ends. The time allowing players to change ends in a game shall not exceed 1 minute. Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to resume play.

 

Note: The existing rules 10.F, 10.G, and 10.H will need to be renumbered.  If there are any cross references to those rules, update them.

Original Rule Text

5.B. Change of Ends.

5.B.1. Teams switch ends and initial service upon the completion of each game.
5.B.2. A maximum of 2 minutes is allowed between games. The referee will announce a 15-second warning. When the full 2 minutes have elapsed, the referee will state the game number, call “Time in”, call the score and start the 10-second count. The referee will call the score even if all players are not on the court and/or not ready to play. (See Rule 4.E.) If both teams agree, play may resume early.
5.B.3. In a match with two out of three games to 11 points, in game three, the teams will switch ends when the first team reaches a score of 6. Serve remains with the player holding serve.
5.B.4. In a game to 15 points, the teams will switch ends when the first team reaches a score of 8. Serve remains with the player holding serve.
5.B.5. In a game to 21 points, the teams will switch ends when the first team reaches a score of 11. Serve remains with the player holding serve.
5.B.6. End Change Time-Out. A maximum of one minute is allowed to switch ends during a game. Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.
5.B.7. After the end change has occurred, a technical foul resulting in the loss of a point for the serving team shall have no impact on the completed end change.

 

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

5.B.1.  A Review is needed...

1).The first word, ”Teams” only addresses Teams and not Singles Players. Single Players have to change ends and initial service.  Teams needs to be changed to Players/Teams.

2) “… completion of each game”.  The term “each” means “used to refer to every one of two or more people or things”.  The pickleball game formats only have one format (2 out of 3) that can use the term “each”.  The other two formats, 1 to 15 and 1 to 21 are singular in nature.

Suggested revisions:

 

Change "Change of Ends" to "Change of Ends Between Games".

 

Players/Teams switch ends and initial service upon the completion of each game.

 

5.B.2.  The last sentence…. “If both teams agree, play may resume early”.

 

Suggested revision:

 

“If both players/teams agree, play may resume early”.

 

The biggest change…..

 

5.B. Change of Ends deals with one match format (2 out of 3).  Rules 5.B.3. through 5.B.5. deals with End Change During a Game.  Keeping that thought in mind, create a new section.

 

5.C. Change of Ends During a Game.

5.C.1. In a match with two out of three games to 11 points, in game three, the player/teams will switch ends when the first player/team reaches a score of 6. Serve remains with the player holding serve. Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.

5.C.2.  In a game to 15 point, the player/team will switch ends when the first player/team reaches a score of 8.  Serve remains with the player holding serve.  Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.

5.C.3.  In a game to 21 points, the player/team will switch ends when the first player/team reaches a score of 11.  Serve remains with the player holding the serve.  Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.

5.C.4.  After the end change has occurred, a technical foul resulting in the loss of a point for the serving player/team shall have no impact on the completed end change.

 

Remove the old 5.B.6. and move it to Section 10 - Time-Out Rules keeping all the time-out rules together.  By adding  "Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to continue play.”, the reader should know that this is a time-out because of the application of 10.A.5.

By creating Change of Ends Between Games and Change of Ends During a Game, you align the Rulebook with Section J and K of the Officiating Handbook.  Also, new rule 5.C.4 is now more aligned with Change of Ends During a Game vs the whole section Change of Ends.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID14
Date CreatedMay 29, 2021
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