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Rule Submission TitleEliminate contradiction between Rule 10.B and Rule 10.H.1. regarding when a Medical Time out can be taken
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThere is no conflict in the existing rules. The last sentence in 10.H.1 applies to 'time-outs' generally and therefore includes medical time-outs.
Existing Rule #10.B and 10.H.1.
Proposed Rule Change

10.B. Medical Time-Out. A player needing medical attention during a match should request a medical time-out from the referee. Once the medical time-out has been requested, the following guidelines shall be used:

10.H.1.  Before a Match or Between Games: Neither medical nor regular time-outs may be taken before a match starts. A match cannot begin until all players are present and the starting score is called.

10.H.2 Time-out(s) and Medical Time-Out(s) may be used before the start of the second and subsequent games in a multiple-game match.

The current 10.H.2 should be renumbered to 10.H.3.

Original Rule Text

10.B. Medical Time-Out. A player needing medical attention during a match should request a medical time-out from the referee. Once the medical time-out has been requested, the following guidelines shall be used:

10.H.1.  Before a Match or Between Games: Neither medical nor regular time-outs may be taken before a match starts. A match cannot begin until all players are present and the starting score is called. Time-out(s) may be used before the start of the second and subsequent games in a multiple-game match. 

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

This change will eliminate the contradiction between current Rule 10.B.

Rule 10.B. Clearly states that a medical timeout can be taken anytime ‘during a match’; since there are no exclusions specified.  Clearly the time in between games is ‘during a match’. 

Rule 10.H.1. contradicts Rule 10.B. inferring that a only regular time outs can be taken in between games.  There is certainly a chance that a player can cramp up or have other serious medical needs in between games and per 10.B. is allowed to take a Medical Time out.

This rule change aligns 10.H.1 with 10.B removing the contradiction.

If this rule change is accepted, Referee Handbook Section 5.E.1. Medical Time-Out should be updated as follows:

1. Medical Time-Out [Rule 10.B]
If a player suffers an injury or medical condition (including muscle cramping) during play a match, the player may request a medical time-out. NOTE: A player may rescind the request before medical personnel arrives. 

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1122
Date CreatedApril 30, 2023
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