Rule Submission TitleClose Rules Gap for CASE 4-23: COIN FLIP TO DETERMINE MATCH WINNER
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThis happens infrequently enough that it is appropriate to be dealt with only in the casebook.
Existing Rule #13.H. and 13.I.
Proposed Rule Change

13.H. Game Forfeit. The referee will impose a game forfeit when either of the following occurs: 

  • 13.H.1.  After one technical warning has been assessed and the subsequent issuance of a technical foul listed in Rule 13.G.2. 
  • 13.H.2.  After one technical foul has been assessed in accordance with Rule 13.G.3.b. or Rule 13.G.2. and the subsequent issuance of another technical warning for any reason. 
  • 13.H.3.  For a match format that is one game to 15 or 21, a game forfeit is equivalent to a match forfeit. 
  • 13.H.4.  For a match format that is two-out-of-three or three- out-of-five games, a referee may impose a game forfeit when a player/team fails to report to play 10 minutes after the match has been called to play. The Tournament Director may permit a longer delay if circumstances warrant such a decision. 
  • A match forfeit will be imposed when a player/team fails to report to play 15 minutes after the match has been called to play. If the match format is a one game to 15 or 21, the match forfeit occurs when the player/team fails to report to play 10 minutes after the match has been called to play. The Tournament Director may permit a longer delay if circumstances warrant such a decision. 

13.I. Match Forfeit. The referee will impose a match forfeit when one of the following occursbased on a combination of Technical Warnings or Technical Fouls when either of the following occurs: 

  • 13.I.1.  The combined issuance of two technical warnings and a technical foul listed in Rule 13.G.2 
  • 13.I.2.  After one technical foul has been assessed in accordance with Rule 13.G.3.b or Rule 13.G.2 and the subsequent issuance of a second technical foul for any reason. 
  • 13.I.3.  Behavior that shall result in a match forfeit that is not due to a combination of Technical Warnings or Technical Fouls.
          13.I.3.a. Making deliberately aggressive physical contact with an opponent, official or spectator.
         13.I.3.b. Aggressively or recklessly striking or throwing a ball or paddle out of frustration or anger that puts an individual or facility property at risk or in danger. 

 

  • 13.I.4 If players/team fail to report to play by the timeframes specified in 13.I.4.a. and 13.I.4.b.  The Tournament Director may permit a longer delay if circumstances warrant such a decision.

    13.I.4.a  For a match format that is two-out-of-three or three-out-of-five games, a match forfeit will be imposed when a player/team fails to report to play 15 minutes after the match has been called to play.

    13.I.4.b. For a match format is a one game to 15 or 21, the match forfeit occurs when the player/team fails to report to play 10 minutes after the match has been called to play.

    13.I.4.c If both teams fails to fully report to play by the timeframes specified in 13.I.4.a and 13.I.b.b. a match forfeit occurs.  The Tournament Director, or the Tournament Director’s designee will conduct a coin toss to determine the match winner. 

  • 13.I.4. 3.I.5 The Tournament Director may impose a match forfeit for failure to comply with the tournament or host facility’s rules while on the premises, or for improper conduct on the premises between matches, or for abuse of hospitality, locker room, or failure to comply with other rules and procedures. 
Original Rule Text

13.H. Game Forfeit. The referee will impose a game forfeit when either of the following occurs: 

  • 13.H.1.  After one technical warning has been assessed and the subsequent issuance of a technical foul listed in Rule 13.G.2. 
  • 13.H.2.  After one technical foul has been assessed in accordance with Rule 13.G.3.b. or Rule 13.G.2. and the subsequent issuance of another technical warning for any reason. 
  • 13.H.3.  For a match format that is one game to 15 or 21, a game forfeit is equivalent to a match forfeit. 
  • 13.H.4.  For a match format that is two-out-of-three or three- out-of-five games, a referee may impose a game forfeit when a player/team fails to report to play 10 minutes after the match has been called to play. A match forfeit will be imposed when a player/team fails to report to play 15 minutes after the match has been called to play. If the match format is a one game to 15 or 21, the match forfeit occurs when the player/team fails to report to play 10 minutes after the match has been called to play. The Tournament Director may permit a longer delay if circumstances warrant such a decision. 

13.I. Match Forfeit. The referee will impose a match forfeit based on a combination of Technical Warnings or Technical Fouls when either of the following occurs: 

13.I.1.  The combined issuance of two technical warnings and a technical foul listed in Rule 13.G.2

13.I.2.  After one technical foul has been assessed in accordance with Rule 13.G.3.b or Rule 13.G.2 and the subsequent issuance of a second technical foul for any reason.

13.I.3.  Behavior that shall result in a match forfeit that is not due to a combination of Technical Warnings or Technical Fouls.

13.I.3.a.   Making deliberately aggressive physical contact with an opponent, official or spectator.

13.I.3.b.   Aggressively or recklessly striking or throwing a ball or paddle out of frustration or anger that puts an individual or facility property at risk or in danger. 

13.I.4. The Tournament Director may impose a match forfeit for failure to comply with the tournament or host facility’s rules while on the premises, or for improper conduct on the premises between matches, or for abuse of hospitality, locker room, or failure to comply with other rules and procedures. 

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

This proposed rules change accomplishes 2 things:

1. Closes the rules gap that is addressed by Casebook Case 4-23. (Proposed rule 13.I.4.c._ If accepted, Casebook Case 4-23 can be eliminated.

2.  Moves the Match Forfeit Rules that are in 13.H.4 Game Forfeit Section to 13.I the Match Forfeit Section.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1100
Date CreatedApril 27, 2023
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