|Rule Submission Title||Non-Officiated Rule Summary for Players and Referees|
|USAP Board Vote||Failure Confirmed|
|USAP Rules Committee Vote||Failed|
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason||This would require a closer examination of the content to ensure that it is comprehensive and accurate. While such a list may be useful, it would be challenging to maintain a separate appendix for this purpose and opens the door for errors in managing the rulebook.|
|Existing Rule #||13.D.1.c and 12.D.1.d|
|Proposed Rule Change|
|Original Rule Text|
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change|
During rec play and in tournaments where there is non-officiated play, many players and referees seek information about what USA Pickleball Rules are enforceable and what rules are not, in non-officiated play. In reality, many game scenarios/situations result in replays, which is not the accurate action as per USA Pickleball rules. The aforementioned table labeled with USA Pickleball Rules Source, Game Situation in Non-Officiated Play, and Action in Non-Officiated Play makes clear, what actions should happen for each non-officiated game situation. This summary is similar to summaries and tables now included in the 2023 USA PICKLEBALL HANDBOOK: APPENDIX C - Standardized Calls and Announcements, ACTIONS THAT CAN INTERRUPT PLAY table, LINE CALL APPEAL ACTIONS table, PENALTY SYSTEM table, APPENDIX B: Penalties, table.
I suggest that notations should be kept with each rule, in addition to, a summary for Non-Officiated Play. There is a good chance that this will enhance and provide clarity to players and referees who use the USA Pickleball Rulebook as a resource, for non-officiated play. This may also yield a decrease in the use of Replays for game situations for which Replays are not intended.
Thank you to the USA Pickleball Rules Committee for your consideration.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies|
|Upload Any Supporting Documentation||Non-Officiated-Play-Rule-Proposal.xlsx|
|Rule Book Year||2024|
|Rule Change ID||1123|
|Date Created||April 30, 2023|
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