Pickleball rules changes for 2023 have recently been implemented and all eyes are now on proposed rule changes for 2024 – with the goal to continue making the sport better and better.
Have a Proposed Pickleball Rule Change for 2024? Have your Voice Heard!
Is there a rule that absolutely drives you crazy? Perhaps one that gives your opponent an unfair advantage? Beginning March 1, 2023 – and continuing through May 15, 2023 – members of USA Pickleball may propose rule changes for the 2024 rulebook. These proposed new rules will be captured by USA Pickleball in the New Rulebook Database.
Members will also be allowed to comment on any proposed rule changes through May 31, 2023. Proposing rule changes and commenting on proposed rule changes is your opportunity to directly influence how the game of pickleball is played.
Status of Proposed Rule Changes for 2024
There are currently 20 proposed pickleball rule changes as of March 18, 2023.
Of these 20 proposed rule changes, one sticks out as deserving significant consideration, in my opinion. Rule ID # 872 would make the drop serve the only valid serve type – therefore, making the volley serve illegal to hit.
The reasoning is pretty straight-forward. It is nearly impossible for an opponent or referee to discern if a volley serve violates any of the three requirements of a volley serve (upward motion, highest part of paddle below wrist, contact point below the waist) in real time. And because it is nearly impossible to discern in real time, both amateurs and professionals are pushing the envelope further and further and the contact point is becoming higher-and-higher. A drop serve – because the three aforementioned requirements do not apply – is much easier to police and enforce.
Please note that this particular proposal (Rule ID # 872) is just that – a proposal. If you are a USA Pickleball member and you want to weigh in on this particular rule change proposal, you can do so by navigating to Rule ID # 872 in the New Rulebook Database.
I will be Submitting a Proposed Rule Change for 2024
This afternoon I will practice what I preach and submit a rule change proposal. First, however, I need to find my USA Pickleball membership card!
What about you? Are there any rules you would like to be added/changed to the official pickleball rulebook in 2024? Please leave your comments below. It’s you who will continue to advance the game and make it better and better!