Rule Change Process

Rule Submission TitleOverriding Player Line Calls
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThe current rule is appropriate. Players should have the ability to overrule a line judge's call to their own disadvantage.
Existing Rule #6.D.12
Proposed Rule Change

6.D.12. After the completion of a rally, players may override a partner’s "out" line call, and officiating team's line call or an opponent’s “in” call to their own disadvantage.

Original Rule Text

6.D.12. After the completion of a rally, players may overrule a partner's line call, an officiating team's line call, or an opponent's "in" call to their own disadvantage.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Officials are used for tournament play to make unbiased and more accurate calls than players. A player moving on the court will not have a better view of a ball than a stationary official (line judge or referee) or an official reviewing a video replay in slow motion.  Therefore, players should not be allowed to override line calls made by the officiating team. Allowing a player to override an accurate call made by an official is not fair play and can result in players influencing the results of a game/match. It also defeats the purpose of the officiating team.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

A line judge makes an "out" call on a ball that lands close to the line. Team A loses the rally but pleads to Team B that the ball was "in." To avoid argument with Team A or to appear gracious, Team B concedes the rally so Team A doesn't lose the rally.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1213
Date CreatedMay 15, 2023
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