Rule Submission TitleCarbon faced paddles
USAP Board Vote ReasonFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFailed. The paddle testing standards are based on surface roughness, not on the paddle material. If the paddle meets the standards, it should be approved.
Existing Rule #2.e.6
Proposed Rule Change

Prohibit carbon faced paddles with high spin rates that are close to, or at the legal spin limit.

Original Rule Text

Prohibited Surface Features and Mechanical Features.
2.E.6.b. 2.E.6.c. 2.E.6.d.
Anti-skid paint or any paint textured with sand, rubber particles, or any material that causes additional spin

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

As the games evolves, and more and more athletic players join the game. Spin will increase.  Top spin serves, and topspin been fourhand and backhand ground strokes can make existing courts with small space harder to play on.

high level players using a lot of top spin from these new paddles, is causing players to hit the fence or netting behind the court because of limited room.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

The CRBN, Joola, electrum, Gruvn, rouge and more paddles utilizing the Carbon faces

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID545
Date CreatedJune 28, 2022
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