Pickleball is getting some exciting updates for 2024! Here's a rundown of the key rule changes to keep in mind
1. Referees to the Rescue: No Faults for Player Position Errors
Worried about getting faulted for being out of position? Relax! Referees will now correct any server, receiver, or player position errors before calling the score.
2. Draped Nets? No Problem!
No more fretting over draped nets. If the ball hits a net that's touching the ground (except on a serve), it's an automatic replay, no questions asked.
3. Catch and Carry: Automatic Fault
Accidentally carrying the ball on your paddle? That's now a fault, even if it wasn't intentional. Keep those shots clean!
Catch or carry ball on the paddle (7.L):
Any "carry" of the ball on the paddle is now a fault, regardless of intent. Previously, referees had to determine if the carry was deliberate.
4. Conceding Rallies: A New Option
Think you couldn't have returned that ball? Now you can concede the rally to your opponent, even if a line judge or referee originally called it 'out'.
5. Extended Medical Time-Out
Players can now use standard time-outs after a 15-minute medical time-out has expired.
Medical timeouts and regular timeouts (10.B.2.c):
If a player uses a medical timeout, they can now still use their remaining regular timeouts before having to retire, if able.
6. Paddle Specs Get an Update
– The rules for paddle specifications have been adjusted to reflect new technologies and features, ensuring fair play and innovation.
Paddle legality in non-officiated play:
Players can now ask the Head Referee or Tournament Director to determine if their opponent's paddle is legal in non-officiated matches.
7. Mini-Singles: Now Official
Enjoy playing solo? Mini-singles is now officially recognized with its own set of rules, offering a fun and challenging twist on the game.
Stay ahead of the curve and familiarize yourself with these rule changes to keep your pickleball game on point in 2024!