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Pickleball Rules to Know - Pickleball Apparel Rules

by Stacie Townsend 3 Comments

Pickleball Rules to Know - Pickleball Apparel Rules | Pickler Pickleball

Have you ever been asked to change your outfit while on the pickleball court? For instance, if you were wearing a yellow shirt that matched the color of the pickleball?

Rule 2.G of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball states that a player may be required to change outfits if the outfit is inappropriate. This could include an outfit that causes a safety risk or distraction on the pickleball court (e.g. camouflages the pickleball) or an outfit that has pictures, writing, symbols, or other graphics that are not in good taste. Also, to note, shoes may not mark or damage the pickleball court's playing surface.

It is important to comply with these pickleball apparel rules during sanctioned competitive play, as a player could end up forfeiting a match if a tournament director requests an outfit change and the playing refuses to change.

Have you ever been asked to change your outfit? Share with us in the comments below!




Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend

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Tony Minerva
Tony Minerva

June 30, 2020

I have played against people who wear shirts the color of which match the ball and I played against one person whose paddle matched the ball very distracting

George Atlas
George Atlas

June 29, 2020

Never had to change due to a distraction, but I’ve had many women ask me to remove my shirt to show off my fabulous chest!

Tracy
Tracy

June 29, 2020

Yes. I was asked to change my sparkly hat one time by our ref at a sanctioned tournament in St. George, Ut, because the female player on the opposing team said it was distracting her. Luckily, my partner’s wife had an extra hat for me to wear so I didn’t have to display my horrible hat hair!

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