|Rule Submission Title
|Treat equipment timeouts as referee timeouts
|USAP Board Voting Status
|Not voted upon
|USAP Rules Committee Voting Status
|IFP Voting Status
|Average: 0.9 Detail:1,0,0,0,5,0,0
|Existing Rule #
|Proposed Rule Change
|Original Rule Text
10. D. Equipment Time-Outs. Players are expected to keep all apparel and equipment in good playable condition and are expected to use regular time-outs and time between games for adjustments and replacement of equipment. If a player or team is out of time-outs and the referee determines that an equipment change or adjustment is necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match, the referee may award an equipment time-out not to exceed 2 minutes. Rule 10.A.5 procedures will be followed to resume play during an equipment time-out.
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
Since there is no limit on the number of equipment time-outs that can be granted and no record is kept of the use, the equipment time-out could be eliminated and such situations handled as a Referee Time-out. Standard time-outs would still be used before a referee time-out to address equipment issues would be granted.
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 23, 2021