New USA Pickleball Rules Committee Member

USA Pickleball Director of Officiating and Rules Committee Chairman Mark Peifer has announced Ken Schoonover as the newest USA Pickleball Rules Committee member, replacing John Grasso who decided to retire from the committee.

“Ken brings a unique depth of pickleball rules knowledge, a strong experience base for writing and approving rules, and an excellent reputation as a certified referee to the position,” said Mark Peifer.

Nominations for the opening came from existing Rules Committee members, the National Certified Referee Evaluator Committee (NCREC) and USAPA Regional Directors. Nominees were interviewed by a three-person panel of Suzanne Guerin (USAPA Board member and Certified Referee), Karen Parrish (Rules Committee member and USA Pickleball Director of Competition) and Mike Hoxie (Pacific Northwest Regional Director). The panel selected three finalists who were then interviewed by Mark Peifer.

“John Grasso was an original member of the Rules Committee and has been an integral part of some significant efforts to make the rules easier to grasp during his tenure on the Committee. He was an excellent team member and we will miss his expertise,” said Mark.

“It was definitely a privilege to be a part of this team. I am going to miss this group, but felt it was time for some new blood with some fresh ideas,” said John Grasso.

Schoonover joins Jeff Shank, Simone Jardim, Karen Parrish, and Mark Peifer on the five-member committee.

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