Pickleball play restrictions, updated January 1, 2021 - click here.
No more let serves? A bounced serve is now legal? What? Don Stanley Certified Referee, Registered Referee Trainer and one of the authors of USA Pickleball's 2021 change documents discusses the most impactful rule changes for 2021 and to answer your questions, on this recently recorded Zoom conference call.
There are some rule changes coming in 2021 and the document has come out earlier than expected. Some key changes to note:
1. No more lets. A serve that hits the tape and lands in the correct service box is now live and must be played.
2. Drop serves allowed. Serves may be hit after the ball bounces and with no restrictions on the nature of the swing.
3. Asking about positions. Serving teams can now ask both whether they are the correct server and in correct position.
See the whole change document here.
Pickleball players can expect more stringent guidelines when the game returns to Thunder Bay, Ontario, warns the chair of the Thunder Bay Pickleball Association. Read the full CBC article here.
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