Rule Submission TitleReferee-called Medical timeout
USAP Board Voting StatusApproved
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusPass
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 9.1 Detail:7,10,10,10,8,10,9
Existing Rule #13.G
Proposed Rule Change

10.H.2.a. In the interest of overall safety, if the referee determines a potential medical situation exists, (for example, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, etc.) and the player is unable to or refuses to call a medical timeout, the referee is authorized to call a referee time-out and summon medical personnel or the Tournament Director. This medical time-out will not be charged against the player.

Original Rule Text

10.H.2.a. In the interest of overall safety, if the referee determines a potential medical situation exists, (for example, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, etc.) the referee is authorized to call a referee time-out and summon medical personnel or the Tournament Director. If determined to be a valid medical situation requiring treatment, the referee will charge a medical time-out to the affected player and proceed in accordance with Rule 10.B. If the player did not require treatment, play resumes and no time-out is charged to the player. If the player has previously used, or been charged a medical timeout, the referee will call a referee time-out and summon medical personnel or the Tournament Director to determine if the player may resume play.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

I offer a change to 10.H.2.a for the following:

Reason: A player should not lose their medical TO unless they have requested it.

Overview: If a referee believes a player may need medical attention, the referee will call a ref time-out and have medical personnel attend to the player. If medical personnel determine the issue to be a valid medical issue, the player shall be charged with their only medical time-out.

Conflict: Medical personnel, (as far as I and others have witnessed) have never determined a medical issue to be invalid. In the case where they are called to attend to a player at the ref's discretion, the chances are 99.9% that they will treat the player for some very minor issue and say the the ref's concern did result in a valid medical reason. A player should not have their medical time-out removed when they did not request a medical TO. Medical personnel will ALWAYS render some sort of "treatment" thereby removing a player's only medical TO when the player never requested the MTO intially.

Change: Remove the wording that if treatment is rendered, the player loses their MTO. It should be left as a referee TO due to the interest of player safety.

Summary: A player should not lose their MTO due to a, sometimes, overly cautious, referee.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID30
Date CreatedMay 30, 2021
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