Rule Submission TitleElimination of Shots around the net post
USAP Board Voting StatusFailed
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusFailed. An ATP, along with the frequent defense of an ATP, are some of the most exciting shots in pickleball. The team who has to defend an ATP has often made strategic errors that set up the ATP for the opponent. Why should their opponent be restricted from making a great shot at that point?
Existing Rule #11.M.
Proposed Rule Change

 

  1. Rule 11.M. should be eliminated. Or.
  2. Rule 11.M. should be amended to reflect that the ball must land in the no volley zone after being struck by the stryker.
Original Rule Text

11.M. Shots Around the Net Post. A player may return the ball around the outside of the net post. 11.M.1. The ball does not need to travel back over the net. 11.M.2. 11.N. One There is no restriction on the height of the return, meaning a player may return the ball around the net post below the height of the net.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Rule 11.M. The around-the-net post (ATP) provides the stryker with an unfair advantage to hit the ball behind the receiving team or strike the receiving players with the ball. Thus the receiving team does not have the opportunity to return the ball.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Rule 11.M. The around-the-net post (ATP) provides the stryker with an unfair advantage to hit the ball behind the receiving team or strike the receiving players with the ball. Thus the receiving team does not have the opportunity to return the ball.

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID570
Date CreatedJune 30, 2022
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