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Rule Submission TitleNo headphones or earbuds
USAP Board Vote ReasonApproved
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonPass
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 8.9 Detail:7,8,10,10,8,10,9
Existing Rule #N/A
Proposed Rule Change (edited)

Players are not allowed to wear any form of headphones or earbuds during competition play. Exception: Prescribed or necessary hearing aids are permitted.

Proposed Rule Change

Players are not allowed to wear any form of headphones or earbuds during competition play.

Original Rule Text

N/A

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

I think this rule is becoming increasingly necessary for several reasons. 1) With advances in technology, players could receive electronic coaching through such devices during the match and neither the opponents nor the referees would know. 2) Player safety. 3) Players being able to clearly hear calls (score, lines, etc) throughout the game and not wasting time asking things to be repeated for them to hear.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID26
Date CreatedMay 30, 2021
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