PPA Rules and Regulations Update in 2023

Are you curious about the (Pickleball Players Association) PPA rules and regulations? Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting out, it’s important to be aware of the guidelines that govern our sport. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the basic rules of pickleball and provide an overview of the PPA governing body. Let’s get started!

There will be no changes to the following pickleball rules by the Professional Pickleball Association at this time:

  1. The Drop Serve. Rule: 4A8
  2. The COVID Serve or the Paddle Swipe Serve. Rule: 7N (we’ll use 2020 rule: 7.O)
  3. Let Serves. (2020 Rule 4.O “Let’s Serve” is set to be reinstated)

PPA Rules and Regulations

ppa rules and regulations

No More Spin Serve

There is no problem with the PPA Tour playing by its own rules. PPA Tour players decided to maintain the status quo and replay let serves when USA Pickleball introduced a new let serve rule this year.

In light of the new serve rules banning chainsaw serves, the PPA has decided to go its own way again. Their decision to eliminate pre-serve manipulation of the ball has been made instead of adopting the one-handed spin toss rules. The PPA has released its official language below.

It is forbidden for the server to manipulate or spin the ball immediately before serving. Referees should be able to see the ball being released to perform the serve. Referees shall call reserves when manipulation or spin is apparent, or if the ball does not appear to have been released.

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Therefore, next year’s pros won’t worry about getting aced on center court at PPA events. Additionally, it might be a waste of time to practice a one-handed spin toss.  There are two ways it changes pickleball for professionals.

In the beginning, the serve will be more neutral at the start of each point. There will be fewer opportunities for servers to gain an advantage on their serves. 

With the 2-bounce rule working in their favor, the returning player or team has an advantage. Reducing the number of aces and third-shot winners is likely to lead to longer matches and longer points.

A second difference between the PPA Tour and other professional events will be that players will be able to differentiate between the two. The PPA will be even more attractive if they prefer not to use a spin serve. It must be pleasing to see the spin serve eliminated as it was never adopted by players like Tyson McGuffin and Dekel Bar.

It seems the Freestyle Boys, Ben Johns, and Rob Nunnery, are suggesting a change in the way pickleball serves are governed. Other podcast hosts will be pretty happy if they don’t have to face spin serves again, though we don’t know if they had any influence on the decision.

Only PPA events at the pro level follow this serve rule. One-handed spin serves will still be allowed at the amateur level.

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Outside the PPA Tour

From January 1, 2022, the new one-handed toss rules in USA Pickleball will take effect outside the PPA. The non-paddle hand may be used to impart spin on the toss.

The PPA is the first and only organization to offer official, pickleball-specific insurance coverage for PPA members and PPA member tournaments. PPA members are also eligible for PPA discounts on gear and merchandise.

The other PPA rules and regulations include the following:

  • PPA members must be at least 18 years old to join.
  • PPA member tournaments must follow PPA guidelines and use PPA-approved insurance.
  • PPA members must adhere to the PPA code of conduct.

The PPA Code of Conduct includes the following:

  • PPA members must respect the game of pickleball and show sportsmanship at all times.
  • PPA members must not engage in any illegal activity.
  • PPA members must not use performance-enhancing drugs or substances.
  • PPA members must not engage in any form of cheating or unsportsmanlike conduct.

What is a PPA and what are the benefits of having one

A professional pickleball association is a group that establishes and enforces rules and regulations for the sport of pickleball. The benefits of having a professional pickleball association include regulating the sport to ensure safety and fair play, and promoting the growth of the sport by organizing tournaments and other events.

The PPA also sets guidelines for equipment standards and officiating, and works to improve the overall quality of pickleball play. In addition, the PPA provides support and resources for pickleball players and coaches at all levels.

The PPA is a great way for serious pickleball players to get involved in the sport and improve their game. However, the PPA also offers opportunities for players to meet other players and make new friends. Although, the PPA is a great way to stay active and have fun while playing a competitive sport.

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Final Thoughts

If you are interested in playing Pickleball, be sure to familiarize yourself with the PPA rules and regulations. Knowing these guidelines will help ensure that everyone has a fun and safe experience while playing this growing sport. Have you ever played Pickleball? What was your experience like?

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