Rule Submission TitleCombine rules about player questions (4.B.8, 4.B.9)
USAP Board Voting StatusApproved
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusPass
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 7.9 Detail:7,10,0,10,9,10,9
Existing Rule #4.B.8, 4.B.9
Proposed Rule Change

Before the serve occurs, any player may ask the referee for the score, correct server or receiver, correct player position, and may challenge/confirm the called score. Any player may ask any one or more of these questions.

Original Rule Text

4.B.8. Before the serve occurs, the serving team may ask
the referee for the score, correct server, correct
position, and may challenge/confirm the called
score. Any player on the serving team may ask any
one or more of these questions.

4.B.9. Before the serve occurs, the receiving team may ask
the referee for the score, correct receiver, correct
position, and may challenge/confirm the called
score. Any player on the receiving team may ask
any one or more of these questions.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Suggestion: Combine 4B8 and 4B9 for simplicity and add wording to encompass teams asking questions about the opponent's conditions.

Overview: During the past months, on social media and on the courts, situations have arisen whereby a team asks a correct player/position question about their opponents. Currently 4B8 and 4B9 state that the serving team and receiving team respectively may ask questions concerning only their team. Given that it is not recommended that a team ask questions about the opponents (thereby giving away a possible upcoming fault) it is not clear in the two rules if such questions are allowed or should be answered by the referee. Some players feel it is "good sportsmanship" to help the opponents in this manner. In summation, if a player wants to ask about an opponent's condition, the referee should comply as normal.

Goal: Combine the two rules for simplicity and allow any player to ask any question of the referee.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID36
Date CreatedJune 2, 2021
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