Rule Submission TitleTreat equipment timeouts as referee timeouts
USAP Board Voting StatusNot voted upon
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusFail
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 0.9 Detail:1,0,0,0,5,0,0
Existing Rule #10.D
Proposed Rule Change


Original Rule Text

10. D. Equipment Time-Outs. Players are expected to keep all apparel and equipment in good playable condition and are expected to use regular time-outs and time between games for adjustments and replacement of equipment. If a player or team is out of time-outs and the referee determines that an equipment change or adjustment is necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match, the referee may award an equipment time-out not to exceed 2 minutes. Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to resume play during an equipment time-out.
10.D.1. Apparel and equipment adjustments that can be accomplished quickly are allowed between rallies (e.g., tying shoelaces, cleaning glasses, adjusting hat).

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Since there is no limit on the number of equipment time-outs that can be granted and no record is kept of the use, the equipment time-out could be eliminated and such situations handled as a Referee Time-out. Standard time-outs would still be used before a referee time-out to address equipment issues would be granted.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID96
Date CreatedJune 23, 2021
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