Rule Submission TitleAllow a verbal warning to be used for things other than profanity.
Rule Book Year2022
Date CreatedJune 23, 2021
Rule Change ID93
Existing Rule #3.A.41, 3.A.45, 13.G.1
Original Rule Text

3.A.41 Technical Warning – A referee’s first verbal warning of a rule or behavioral violation given to a player or team prior to a technical foul being issued. Points are not awarded for a technical warning.

3.A.45 Verbal Warning – A referee’s Verbal Warning (VW) is an optional, non-penalizing, game management tool. A VW is specific to profanity which has not risen to the penalty level (TW or TF). When used, a referee’s VW is simultaneously administered to all players on the court. Only one VW for profanity is permitted during a match.

13.G.1. Verbal Warning and Technical Warnings. The referee is empowered to issue a single verbal warning for profanity or call technical warnings. A verbal warning may be issued for a potential profanity violation. Actions or behavior that shall result in a technical warning:

Proposed Rule Change

3.A.41 Technical Warning – A referee’s first penalizing warning of a rule or behavioral violation given to a player or team prior to a technical foul being issued. Points are not awarded for a technical warning.

3.A.45 Verbal Warning – A referee’s Verbal Warning (VW) is an optional, non-penalizing, game management tool.

13.G.1. Verbal Warning and Technical Warnings. The referee is empowered to issue verbal warnings or call technical warnings.  Actions or behavior that shall result in a technical warning:

Proposed Rule Change (edited)

3.A.45 Verbal Warning – A referee’s Verbal Warning (VW) is an optional, non-penalizing, game management tool THAT MAY BE ISSUED FOR ANY REASON.

13.G.1. Verbal Warning and Technical Warnings. The referee is empowered to issue A SINGLE verbal warning TO EACH TEAM or call technical warnings. THE REFEREE IS EMPOWERED TO CALL VERBAL WARNINGS, TECHNICAL WARNINGS AND TECHNICAL FOULS FOR AN ASSIGNED MATCH WHILE THE REFEREE IS AT THE PLAYING AREA. Actions or behavior that shall result in a technical warning:

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Verbal warnings should not be restricted to profanity only since they can effectively be used to quell other situations during a match. In addition to deterring the subsequent use of profanity, referees should use verbal warnings to diffuse situations (such as arguments) from escalating between the players .

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