Rule Submission TitleEditorial Changes
USAP Board Voting StatusApproved
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusPass
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 7.4 Detail:7,8,5,10,3,10,9
Existing Rule #Various
Proposed Rule Change

13.C.4.b. Before each match begins, the referee must meet with players courtside To point out approved rule modifications, court abnormalities and non-standard court conditions that could be potential safety issues, including but not limited to court repairs or seams, different distances from end lines to back fences, and spectators and their seating.

13.C.4.d. Use any fair method to determine the initial selection of side, end, serve, or receive, or defer.

13.C.5.b. Call the score to start each rally. Calling the score indicates to each side player/team that play is ready to resume.

13.D.1.b. Players may call NVZ faults and service foot fault on their opponents. opponent’s side of the court. If there is any disagreement among players about the called fault, a replay shall occur.

13.G.1.c. Arguing aggressively with the officiating team, other players or spectators in a way that disrupts the flow of play. the match.

13.G.1.d. Ball abuse (aggressively or purposely breaking or stepping on the ball) or striking the ball between games or rallies.

13.G.1.h. Requesting a medical time-out without a valid medical condition (time-out assessed) as determined by medical personnel or the tournament director if no medical staff if is present.

13.G.2. Technical Fouls - The referee is empowered to call technical fouls. When a technical foul is called, one point shall be removed from the score of the offending team unless their score is zero, in which case, a point shall be added to the opponent’s score. of the opposing side. Actions or behavior that shall result in a technical foul (without a technical warning being issued beforehand):

13.G.3.c. If a referee issues a technical foul, one point shall be removed from the score of the offending team unless their score is zero, in which case a point shall be added to the opponent’s score. of the opposing side. After the point is removed or awarded, the player or team losing or awarded the point must move on their own to the correct position(s) that reflects their score.

11.A. Double Hits. Balls A ball can be hit twice, but this must occur during an unintentional, continuous, single-direction stroke, by one player. After the serve, if the stroke is deliberate, or not continuous or not in a single direction, or the ball is struck by a second player, it is a fault.

11.I.1. Exception: If the ball bounces into a receiving player’s court with enough backspin or wind aid to cause it to return back over the net, the receiving player may cross the plane of the net (over, under or around the net post) to hit the ball. It is a fault if the receiving player (or anything the receiving player is wearing or carrying) crosses the plane of the net before the ball has first crossed back over the plane of the net to the opponent’s court. side. It is a fault if the player touches the net system, the opponent’s court, or the opponent while the ball is still in play.

11.J. Distractions. Players may not distract an opponent when the opponent is about to play the ball. If in the judgment of the referee a distraction has occurred, the referee shall immediately call a fault on the offending player/team.

7.E. Failure of a standing player to hit return the ball before it bounces twice on the receiving player’s court and failure of a wheelchair player to return a ball before it bounces three times.

7.F. Violation of any Section 4 rule. service rule. (Section 4)

7.K. Violation of any Section 9 rule. the non-volley-zone rules. (Section 9)

7.L. Violation of any Section 11 rule. the other rules. (Section 11)

4.H. Winning the Game. The first player/team side scoring the winning point wins.



Note for me: Consider adding a condition statement at the beginning of the Rulebook that states that the rules are primarily written for Doubles. When a rule says team, the same rule normally applies to player(s) in a singles match.

Note to me: Perform a word search for “timeout” and change to “time-out” for consistency throughout the rulebook.

10 Second rule 4.E

The second line…. switching “sides” 5.B.6. This needs to state switching “ends".

Original Rule Text


Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

These are editorial updates made for clarity. They do not change the purpose of the rules.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID15
Date CreatedMay 28, 2021
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