|Rule Submission Title
|Amend Act of Volleying
|USAP Board Vote Reason
|Not voted upon
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason
|IFP Voting Status
|Average: 0.3 Detail:1,0,0,0,0,0,1
|Existing Rule #
|Proposed Rule Change
9. B. It is a fault if the volleying player or anything that has contact with the volleying player touches the non-volley zone during the volley interval. For a wheelchair player, the front (smaller) wheels may touch the non-volley zone.
|Original Rule Text
9. B. It is a fault if the volleying player or anything that has contact with the volleying player while in the act of volleying, touches the non-volley zone. For a wheelchair player, the front (smaller) wheels may touch the non-volley zone.
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
Under the current rules, if a player starts a swing, then steps on the NVZ, reestablishes both feet outside the NVZ, then contacts the ball in a volley, this is a violation under 9.B. It appears to be allowed under 9.D since both feet were reestablished. Many players believe it is permitted and don't realize there is a 9.B violation. Under the proposed rule change, it would be allowed under both 9.B and 9.D.
It is difficult for the referee to decide if a swing started before a player stopped contacting the NVZ. The term swing is not defined in the rules, and the referee has to watch both the swing and the feet at the same time. By defining the volley interval as starting when the player contacts the ball, the referee can watch the feet and listen for the contact. If the feet are down outside the NVZ at contact, the volley is legal.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
When a player executes an erne and touches the NVZ but has both feet down outside the NVZ at contact, the volley would be legal.
If the player contacts the NVZ with the paddle before striking a volley, this would also be legal under the proposed rule change. This situation happens infrequently and touching the NVZ with the paddle before striking the ball does not confer a competitive advantage, so making it legal would have a negligible effect.
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 26, 2021