LIST OF SUGGESTED PICKLEBALL RULE CHANGES FOR PREVIOUS YEARS

Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleEdit for clarity
USAP Board VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonReferees cannot call a medical time-out. They can only call referee time-outs, even if it is due to medical concerns.
Existing Rule #10.H.2.a
Proposed Rule Change

10.H.2.a. In the interest of safety, if the referee determines a potential medical situation exists, (for example, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, etc.) and the player is unable to or refuses to call a medical timeout, the referee is authorized to call a referee timeout and summon medical personnel or the Tournament Director. Referee requested medical time-outs will not be charged against the player as either a standard or medical time-out.

Original Rule Text

10.H.2.a. In the interest of safety, if the referee determines a potential medical situation exists, (for example, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, etc.) and the player is unable to or refuses to call a medical timeout, the referee is authorized to call a referee time-out and summon medical personnel or the Tournament Director. Referee requested medical time-outs will not be charged against the player.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Referees cannot call a medical time-out.  They can only call referee time-outs.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1026
Date CreatedApril 10, 2023
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