USA Pickleball – Mid-Year Rule Change – Incorrect Player Position Penalty

A few changes have been made to the USA Pickleball Rule Book for 2023. Probably the most interesting for “amateur” players is the rule eliminating player out of position penalty.

Here’s the essence of the new rule:

4.B.9.a. If the referee or a player stops a rally in progress to correctly identify a player/position error, the rally shall be replayed. If a player stops a rally and incorrectly identifies a player/position error, it is a fault on the player who stopped the rally. If the referee stops a rally in progress and incorrectly identifies a player/position error, the rally shall be replayed.

If you want the actual rule change details go to

If you want a great explanation of the new rule as it relates to non-officiated play, check out The Pickler article by Mark Peifer


This is a test run for this popular concept. It could go longer based on your demand. So take advantage of this opportunity while you can!

What to learn more about DUPR and how to record a DUPR score? 
Starting on Monday, August 14, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Cathy Rollins will facilitate DUPR matches at Rymer Courts.  She will take the first 10 players to sign up weekly and assist with how the process works and how to enter these matches into DUPR. 

All you need to do is sign up, create a DUPR account and add the DUPR app to your phone before heading out to play. 

A little information about DUPR . . .  

What is DUPR? Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating is the most accurate and only global rating system in Pickleball. All players, regardless of their age, gender, location, or skill, are rated on the same scale between 2.0-8.0 based on their match results.

Who can have a DUPR rating? DUPR is free and anyone can have a rating. One match result is all it takes to have a DUPR rating, and 5-10 match results is all it takes to have an even more accurate rating. If you’ve ever played in a Pickleball tournament you most likely already have a DUPR rating and can claim your account at or by downloading the iOS or Android app.

How is the DUPR rating calculated? DUPR is a modified Elo algorithm that uses a player’s last rating to update their new rating. The algorithm considers three factors:  
Victory: Did you win or lose? If you win your rating will go up and if you lose, your rating will go down.  
–Type of Result: Was this a self-posted rec play score, a league match, or a sanctioned tournament result? Rec play will count less towards your rating change.  
–Rating Difference of Opponent: If your opponent is higher than you and you win, you’ll increase more than if your opponent is lower rated and vice versa.