LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

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Rule Submission TitlePlayer may use regular timeouts after a medical timeout
USAP Board VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed with modification
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFor the reasons indicated in the proposal. The time-out technically does not extend the medical time-out. Editorially, modify the proposal to read "The player may use their available regular timeouts after the medical time-out has expired to allow more time before the match must be retired."
Existing Rule #10.B.2.b
Proposed Rule Change (edited)

10.B.2.b. If the player cannot resume play after the 15-minute medical time-out period, the match will be declared a retirement. The player may use their available regular timeouts after the medical timeout has expired to allow more time before the match must be retired. 

Proposed Rule Change

10.B.2.b. If the player cannot resume play after the 15-minute medical time-out period, the match will be declared a retirement. The player may use their available regular timeouts to extend the medical timeout. 

Original Rule Text

10.B.2.b. If the player cannot resume play after the 15-minute medical time-out period, the match will be declared a retirement.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Players should be allowed to use their timeouts in any legal way to give them the rest that they are entitled to.  It seems arbitrarily harsh to force a player to retire if they only need another minute or two to get prepared.  If they have available timeouts, they are not gaming or abusing the system by using them at this time.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1004
Date CreatedMarch 30, 2023
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