Pickleball 2024 Rules & League Changes

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(picture Kerry Pittenger)

Some notable key points and changes have surfaced for 2024.

1. Rule Changes for 2024:

  • Simpler Fault Rules: They’ve made it easier to call faults. For instance, if you ‘carry’ the ball on your paddle (meaning the ball kind of sticks and doesn’t bounce off), it’s now always a fault. No need for the ref to figure out if you meant to do it.
  • Paddle Checks: In games, if you think someone’s paddle doesn’t meet the standards, you can now ask for an official check. Keeps things fair.
  • Ball Quality: They’ve added rules about when to replace balls that are worn out or too soft. If a ball breaks during a rally, you can replay the point.
  • Medical Time-Outs: You’ve got more wiggle room now. If you need a medical break, you can use your regular timeouts to extend the break if needed.
  • Scoring and Paddle Tech: They’re still deciding if they’ll change the scoring system. Plus, there are updates on what tech and mods you can have on your paddle. It’s about keeping the game fair and not letting equipment give an unfair advantage.
  • Rally Scoring: There is an ongoing consideration regarding the implementation of rally scoring, with further details expected soon.

2. Major League Pickleball 2024:

  • New League Structure: They’ve divided the league into two levels – Premier and Challenger. This means teams are more evenly matched.
  • Teams to Watch: Each level has its own set of teams. For example, Arizona Drive is in Premier, and Austin Pickleballers are in Challenger.
  • Match Marathon: Teams have a packed schedule – 40 matches over eight events. That’s a lot of pickleball!
  • Playoffs and Promotion: There’s a mid-season championship and end-of-season playoffs. The best part? The top teams in the Challenger level can move up to Premier next year.

That’s the quick rundown. Let me know if you need more info or have other questions.

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About Dan Langston

With experience in the ecotourism industry and time well spent as a fly fishing guide in the remote absaroka mountain range for 6 years, Dan brings a unique perspective on customer service to the digital world. As the operator, Dan is now committed to revitalizing Pickleball Portal and plans to build a support system for content creators and provide helpful information for the pickleball community. dan@pickleballportal.com

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