|Rule Submission Title
|Paddle and Clothing Colors
|USAP Board Vote Reason
|Not voted upon
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason
|IFP Voting Status
|Average: 0.1 Detail:1,0,0,0,0,0,0
|Existing Rule #
|2.E.2a and 2.G.1
|Proposed Rule Change
2.E.2.a Reflection and Color. The paddle’s hitting surface
2.G.1 Safety and Distraction. A player may be required to change garments that are inappropriate or closely match the color(s) of the ball. Tournament directors should, but are not require to, announce well ahead of the start of any given tournament the color(s) of the ball(s) that shall be used. It shall be the individual player's responsibility to have a change of clothing, if necessary should the referee of tournament director request a change.
In this regard yellow, green and neon yellow and green shall be consider close matchesit has the potential to negatively affect the
|Original Rule Text
2.E.2.a. Reflection. The paddle’s hitting surface
2.G.1. Safety and Distraction. A player may be required to
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
It is widely recognized by most advanced tournament players that wearing clothing or using a paddle with a significant amount of its surface area similar to the color of the ball represents an unfair advantage and also a potential safety risk as it makes the ball difficult to see. Despite this many players, in my experience particularly intermediate players, use this to their advantage. I have seen players whose entire wardrobe from shoes, to socks, to shorts, to shirt and hat all are virtually identical to the color of the ball. And I believe all players recognize that having a significant portion or the paddle face that matches the ball represents an unfair and dangerous advantage as one loses the sight of the ball and therefore the opposing player may not see a strongly struck ball it in time to avoid being hit in the body, eye, face or neck. The proposed common sense rule changes will prevent such unsportsmanlike and unfair behaviors from continuing.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
Tournament play and also encouraged for competitive recreational play. Ultimately the referee or the tournament director shall have the right to determine if a player is in violation of these rules on their own or when requested by opposing players. In terms of these suggested changes to the rules, I believe yellow, green, pale yellow, pale green and neon yellow and green should all be considered close color matches. Potentially the only exception should be when a white ball is chosen for tournament (or recreational) play as white is so common for paddles, clothing, hats and shoes.
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 25, 2021