|Rule Submission Title
|remove all Section 11 plane-of-the-net rules
|USAP Board Voting Status
|Not voted upon
|USAP Rules Committee Voting Status
|IFP Voting Status
|Average: 0.6 Detail:1,0,0,0,3,0,0
|Existing Rule #
|11.i, 11.i.1, 11.L.3
|Proposed Rule Change
remove 11.i, 11.i.1, 11.L.3
|Original Rule Text
11.L.3. A player is allowed to go around the net post and
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
The natural flow of the game includes players occasionally using the space across the net alongside their opponents' court. This is true in all divided-court net games (volleyball, badminton, tennis, ping pong, etc.) including pickleball. Pickleball had no "plane of the net" rule for many decades without issue. Plane-of-the-net rules are an un-neccessary restriction on players. Such rules also necessitate a tangle of exceptions and special cases (backspin: 11.i.1, after striking the ball 11.L.3), and even today this tangle hasn't been fully articulated: How long is a player allowed to linger past the net after striking the ball? Can they stay indefinitely?
Also: Faults under rule 7.M are under-appreciated: "Once the ball is in play, a player hitting the ball before it passes the plane of the net." 7.M prevents some of the situations that proponents of plane-of-the-net rules will put forth in defense of the Section 11 rules. Specifically, some people think that removing the Section 11 plane-of-the-net rules would allow players to hit the ball before it comes to their side of the court, but this is not true, since 7.M makes doing so a fault.
Overall: plane-of-the-net rules restrict the natural flow of the game and needlessly diminish the playing experience, in addition to complicating the rulebook unnecessarily. The game is better off without such rules.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
Any time the ball is live and in play; the rules come into play most often in Erne situations.
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 22, 2021