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Moose Lake Area Pickleball Club!
Two Big Changes
2021 Pickleball Rule Changes
Click on the PDF button on the left to download the new 2021 rule changes.
#1. The first major change deals with the elimination of the Let Service. On a serve,
the ball may now hit the net as long as it still lands in the proper receiving court. If the ball hits the net on a serve and lands out of bounds or in the kitchen area, it will be a service fault.
It is noted that out of habit, both referees and players may sometimes habitually call a service let. If any player stops play because of a service let being called, that player/team will have committed a fault per rule 7.I.
#2. Drop Serves. In addition to the standard serve sequence described in Rules 4.A.1 to
4.A.7, players may opt to use an alternate “drop serve” method. Servers must release the ball from one of the server’s hands or dropped off the server’s paddle from any natural (un-aided) height and hit the ball after the ball bounces on the playing surface. The server’s release of the ball must be visible to the referee and the receiver.
Before bouncing on the ground, the ball shall not be propelled (thrown) downward or tossed or hit upward with the paddle. Failure to drop the ball properly will result in a fault.
If the drop serve is used, the ball may be struck with either a forehand or backhand motion without any other restriction.