Rule Submission TitleChange time players are allowed to call time out to eliminate gamesmanship.
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonA timeout stops play immediately, regardless of when it is called. Whether the server is startled is irrelevant because the ball is dead.
Existing Rule #10.A.3.
Proposed Rule Change

10.A.3. If a team has any remaining time-outs, any player on that team may call a time-out before the score has begun to be calledthe next serve occurs.

Original Rule Text

10.A.3. If a team has any remaining time-outs, any player on that team may call a time-out before the next serve occurs.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

I found it very distracting when time out was called between the referee calling the score and when I struck the serve.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

All Pickleball play.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1135
Date CreatedMay 2, 2023
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