Rule Submission TitlePlayer must play with approved paddle.
USAP Board VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFor the reasons indicated in the proposal.
Existing Rule #2.F.1.a.1.
Proposed Rule Change

If the violation is identified prior to the match starting, the player shall switch to a paddle listed as Pass on the USA Pickleball Approved Paddle List. There is no penalty to switch paddles.

Legislative format showing the changes to the original rule.

If the violation is identified prior to the match starting, the player mayshall switch to a paddle listed as Pass on the USA Pickleball Approved Paddle List without penalty. There is no penalty to switch paddles.

Original Rule Text

If the violation is identified prior to the match starting, the player MAY switch to a paddle listed as Pass on the USA Pickleball Approved Paddle List without penalty.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

The player MAY switch gives the player an option.  What if the player says "No, I'm not switching".  There is no rule to cover this refusal.  Changing MAY to MUST takes away the option to refuse.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID906
Date CreatedMarch 11, 2023
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