Rule Submission TitleRenumber Headings and Sub-Headings in Section 12.F.
USAP Board VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFor the reasons indicated in the proposal.
Existing Rule #12.F. through 12.K.
Proposed Rule Change

12.F. Retirements.
12.F.1. After the initial score has been called to start the match, the only option available for a player/team to discontinue playing the match until completion is Retirement.
12.F.2.  During a match, if a player/team cannot immediately continue after the 15-minute medical time-out period has expired, a Retirement will be imposed.
12.F.3.  The player/team must make a Retirement request during the match to either the referee or the opposing player/team.
12.F.4. The player/team who requests a Retirement during a match, or a player/team on which a rule-based Forfeit has been imposed, will have all score(s) reported per the guidelines in the Retirement Scoring section (see Rule 12.F.6.a.) 

12.F.4.a. If applicable, a player/team is still eligible for the next match in the same bracket after choosing a Retirement option for a previous match.
12.F.4.b. A player/team may request a Retirement for any upcoming match in the specified bracket.
12.G.  Withdrawals 

12.G.1. A player/team may request to be withdrawn from any scheduled bracket(s) that has not been started by tournament operations personnel. 

12.G.2. If a player/team has completed any matches, the player/team may request to be withdrawn from all upcoming matches in that bracket. The request must be made prior to the initial score being called to start their next match. 

12.G.3. The player/team must make their Withdrawal request to either the Tournament Director, Head Referee or operations desk personnel.

12.G.4. The withdrawn player/team shall be removed from any future participation in the specified bracket.

12.G.5. The withdrawn player/team shall have all scores reported per the guidelines in the Withdrawal Scoring section. (See Rule 12.F.7.)
12.H. Match Scoring Guidelines for Forfeits, Ejections, Expulsions and Retirements

12.H.1. Actual game scores at the time of retirement shall be reported for the player/team that retires. The opponents shall be awarded all points necessary for proper match completion, ensuring a two- point margin. For example, in Game 1 of a two-out-of-three games match, a team with 10 points retires when the score is 10-5. The final scores will be recorded as: 

“12-10, 11-0”
Match scores after a rule-based forfeit, ejection or expulsion shall be reported as:
Two out-of-three games format: “11-0, 11-0” 
Three out-of-five format: “11-0, 11-0, 11-0” 
15 or 21 point format: “15-0” or “21-0”
12.H.2. If a player/team elects the Retirement option or a Forfeit has been imposed for the match, (and the Withdrawal option has not been chosen) the player/team may continue to compete in any upcoming matches.
12.H.3. All previous completed match scores, prior to an Ejection, Forfeit or a player Retirement, will be retained.
12.I. Withdrawal Scoring Guidelines for Remaining Matches
12.I.1. Two-out-of three format:“0-0,0-0” 
Three-out-of five format: “0-0, 0-0, 0-0” 
One Game to 15 format: “0-0”
One Game to 21 format: “0-0”
12.I.2. Scores for all matches completed prior to the Withdrawal request will be retained. 

12.J. Two-Match Minimum. In all USA PICKLEBALL-sanctioned tournaments, each entrant shall be entitled to participate in a minimum of two scheduled matches per event entered.
12.K. Scheduling Matches. A player is not permitted to enter multiple events scheduled on the same day with an overlapping time frame.
12.L. Doubles Play. A doubles team shall consist of two players who meet the classification requirements to participate in a particular division of play.
12.L.1.  In an event based upon skill rating, the higher-rated player determines the team’s ability level. In an adult event (ages 19 and over) based upon age grouping, the lower age of the team members will determine the team’s age classification. Players may play in a younger division unless prohibited by the rules of the National Senior Games Association.
12.L.2.  Juniors (ages 18 and under) may enter any junior event for which they are age qualified. If a junior event is not available or does not receive enough entrants, or at the Tournament Director’s permission, juniors may play as adults in the 19-and-over events.
12.M. Partner change may be made prior to the first-round match, with the consent of the Tournament Director, if the change is due to injury, illness, or circumstances beyond the control of the player.
12.M.1. Under no circumstances can a partner change be made after the partners have begun team play.
12.N.Court Changes. In USA PICKLEBALL-sanctioned tournaments, the Tournament Director or designee may decide on a change of courts after the completion of any tournament game if such a change will accommodate better spectator or playing conditions.

Original Rule Text

12.F. Retirements and Withdrawals.
12.F.1.  After the initial score has been called to start the match, the only option available for a player/team to discontinue playing the match until completion is Retirement.
12.F.2.  During a match, if a player/team cannot immediately continue after the 15-minute medical time-out period has expired, a Retirement will be imposed.
12.F.3.  The player/team must make a Retirement request during the match to either the referee or the opposing player/team.
12.F.4.  The player/team who requests a Retirement during a match, or a player/team on which a rule-based Forfeit has been imposed, will have all score(s) reported per the guidelines in the Retirement Scoring section (see Rule 12.F.6.a.) 

12.F.4.a. If applicable, a player/team is still eligible for the next match in the same bracket after choosing a Retirement option for a previous match.
12.F.4.b. A player/team may request a Retirement for any upcoming match in the specified bracket.
12.F.5.  Withdrawals 

12.F.5.a. A player/team may request to be withdrawn from any scheduled bracket(s) that has not been started by tournament operations personnel. 

12.F.5.b. If a player/team has completed any matches, the player/team may request to be withdrawn from all upcoming matches in that bracket. The request must be made prior to the initial score being called to start their next match. 

12.F.5.c. The player/team must make their Withdrawal request to either the Tournament Director, Head Referee or operations desk personnel.

12.F.5.d. The withdrawn player/team shall be removed from any future participation in the specified bracket.

12.F.5.e. The withdrawn player/team shall have all scores reported per the guidelines in the Withdrawal Scoring section. (See Rule 12.F.7.)
12.F.6.  Forfeits, Ejections, Expulsions and Retirement Match Scoring Guidelines 

12.F.6.a. Actual game scores at the time of retirement shall be reported for the player/team that retires. The opponents shall be awarded all points necessary for proper match completion, ensuring a two- point margin. For example, in Game 1 of a two-out-of-three games match, a team with 10 points retires when the score is 10-5. The final scores will be recorded as: 

“12-10, 11-0”
Match scores after a rule-based forfeit, ejection or expulsion shall be reported as:
Two out-of-three games format: “11-0, 11-0” 
Three out-of-five format: “11-0, 11-0, 11-0” 
15 or 21 point format: “15-0” or “21-0”
12.F.6.b. If a player/team elects the Retirement option or a Forfeit has been imposed for the match, (and the Withdrawal option has not been chosen) the player/team may continue to compete in any upcoming matches.
12.F.6.c. All previous completed match scores, prior to an Ejection, Forfeit or a player
Retirement, will be retained.
12.F.7. Withdrawal Scoring Guidelines for Remaining Matches
12.F.7.a. Two-out-of three format:“0-0,0-0” 
Three-out-of five format: “0-0, 0-0, 0-0” 
One Game to 15 format: “0-0”
One Game to 21 format: “0-0”
12.F.7.b. Scores for all matches completed prior to the Withdrawal request will be retained. 

12.G.Two-Match Minimum. In all USA PICKLEBALL-sanctioned tournaments, each entrant shall be entitled to participate in a minimum of two scheduled matches per event entered.
12.H. Scheduling Matches. A player is not permitted to enter multiple events scheduled on the same day with an overlapping time frame.
12.I. Doubles Play. A doubles team shall consist of two players who meet the classification requirements to participate in a particular division of play.
12.I.1.  In an event based upon skill rating, the higher-rated player determines the team’s ability level. In an adult event (ages 19 and over) based upon age grouping, the lower age of the team members will determine the team’s age classification. Players may play in a younger division unless prohibited by the rules of the National Senior Games Association.
12.I.2.  Juniors (ages 18 and under) may enter any junior event for which they are age qualified. If a junior event is not available or does not receive enough entrants, or at the Tournament Director’s permission, juniors may play as adults in the 19-and-over events.
12.J. Partner change may be made prior to the first-round match, with the consent of the Tournament Director, if the change is due to injury, illness, or circumstances beyond the control of the player.
12.J.1. Under no circumstances can a partner change be made after the partners have begun team play.
12.K.Court Changes. In USA PICKLEBALL-sanctioned tournaments, the Tournament Director or designee may decide on a change of courts after the completion of any tournament game if such a change will accommodate better spectator or playing conditions.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Currently Section 12.F. Retirements and Withdrawals contains information for:

- Retirements

- Withdrawals

- Forfeits

- Ejections

- Expulsions



In addition, a Retirements sub-heading does not exist for the 4 Retirements sub-bullets as there is for the 5 Withdrawals sub-bullets.



Therefore, for consistence and clarity purposes suggest adding a separate Sub-Heading for each of the unique topics covered the current Section 12.F. Retirements and Withdrawals.



12.F. Retirements

12.G. Withdrawals

12.H. Match Scoring Guidelines for Forfeits, Ejections, Expulsions and Retirements

12.I. Withdrawal Scoring Guidelines for Remaining Matches



Then Renumber the remaining Sub-sections in Section 12.


12.J. Two-Match Minimum

12.K. Scheduling Matches
12.L. Doubles Play

12.M. Partner change 

12.N.Court Changes

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1019
Date CreatedApril 10, 2023
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