Rule Submission Titlelinecalls: treat the ball as if it makes a point contact
USAP Board Vote ReasonNot voted upon
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFail
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 0.9 Detail:1,0,0,0,5,0,0
Existing Rule #none
Proposed Rule Change

New Rule:

For the purpose of line calls, the ball is treated as if it makes contact with the playing surface at a single point.  If this point is outside the line, the ball is considered to be out.  The ball is not treated as deformable for line calls.

Original Rule Text


Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
This rule will (hopefully!) end all debate regarding how much a pickleball deforms when it bounces on the playing surface, and whether the ball deforms enough to touch a line in a line call situation.
Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

line calls

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID84
Date CreatedJune 22, 2021
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