Background and Purpose
The process outlined below will be used for the 2023 Rulebook revision. The process for 2023 introduces additional transparency and opportunities for USA Pickleball member input and comment.
The steps below are designed to result in an effective date of January 1, 2023, for the new Rulebook.
1.) USA Pickleball Member Input Opportunity: The window for USA Pickleball member input and comments for proposed rule changes is now open and will end on June 30. Each proposed rule will have a tracking number assigned that will not change throughout the process so interested parties can follow or track a particular proposed rule through the process. All changes to a rule submitted, including editorial changes, will be captured in the New Rulebook Database (NRD).
2.) Comment Opportunity: Proposed rules will be listed (without attribution) in the NRD on the USA Pickleball website for comment. During the time that proposed rules are allowed, comments on those proposed rules can also occur. The proposed rule submission period will end on June 15. The comment period, however, will end on June 30.
3.) USA Pickleball Rules Committee Action: During the month of July, the USA Pickleball Rules Committee will convene a series of meetings to review the proposed rules that were submitted. During those meetings, the USA Pickleball Rules Committee will vote on which proposed rules will be adopted as is and approved, which will need revision for wording and then approved, and which will be rejected. Each of those decisions will be documented in the NRD. The USA Pickleball Rules Committee will complete their voting by August 1.
4.) Rule Writing: As soon as a rule is approved by the USA Pickleball Rules Committee, members of the committee will perform any needed editing of the rule. Some proposed rules are submitted already written in ‘rules language’. Those typically don’t require much work. Most proposed rules, however, require significant attention to get them in the required format and ‘rules language’. Edited rules will require a final review by the Rules Committee.
5.) Transparency of Results: The results of the USA Pickleball Rules Committee approval and any editing of new rules will be shared in the NRD no later than August 30.
6.) USA Pickleball Draft: The USA Pickleball Rules Committee finishes rule-writing by September 15. At this point, every proposed rule has been subject to either USA Pickleball member input and public comment. Every person querying the NRD will be able to see what proposed rules were made and what has happened to them in the process.
7.) USA Pickleball Board of Directors Action: The results of the USA Pickleball Rules Committee voting are forwarded to the USA Board of Directors for final approval on or before October 31. The USA Pickleball Board of Directors voting results will be posted in the NRD.
8.) Public Comment Opportunity/Transparency of Results: The Rulebook is proofed and published on the USA Pickleball website by December 1. That starts a 30-day clock so the public can become familiar with the changes before the official effective date.
9.) The 2023 Rulebook will be posted on the USA Pickleball website on or before January 1, 2023, and be made available for purchase approximately two weeks later.