Rule Submission TitleTiming for VW/TW/TF
USAP Board Vote ReasonApproved
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonPass
IFP Voting StatusAverage: 8.6 Detail:7,10,10,10,4,10,9
Existing Rule #8.E, 13.G.3.f
Proposed Rule Change (edited)

USAP Rules Committee:

8. E. Other than non-volley zone violations, faults may only be committed when the ball is live and in-play. The penalty for a fault may be enforced after a rally has ended (e.g., NVZ, incorrect player/position, etc) Note: Technical warnings or technical fouls may be called at any time during the match including when the ball is dead

13.G.3.f. Technical warnings and technical fouls may be assessed any time during a match while the players are at the court. Play should not be stopped to assess a warning or foul. The assessment of the warning or foul shall be applied after rally has ended.

Proposed Rule Change

8. E. Other than non-volley zone violations, faults may only be committed when the ball is live and in-play. The penalty for a fault may be enforced after a rally has ended (e.g., NVZ, incorrect player/position, etc) Note: Technical warnings or technical fouls may be called at any time during the match including when the ball is dead

13.G.3.f. Technical warnings and technical fouls may be assessed any time during a match while the players are at the court. Play should not be stopped to assess a warning or foul. The assessment of the warning or foul should be applied after rally has ended.

Original Rule Text

8. E. Other than non-volley zone violations, faults may only be committed when the ball is live and in-play. The penalty for a fault may be enforced after a rally has ended (e.g., NVZ, incorrect player/position, etc) Note: Technical warnings or technical fouls may be called at any time during the match including when the ball is dead

13.G.3.f. Technical warnings and technical fouls may be assessed any time during a match while the players are at the court.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Overview: Rules 8E and 13G3f have wording that could be interpreted that a referee may stop a rally in progress to immediately issue a technical warning or technical foul; which is not correct.

Suggestion: 8.E. Remove the "Note" at the end of 8.E. The phrase "including when the ball is dead" opens the debate door for refs stopping play to issue technical penalties. 13.G.3.f. Add wording to clarify that technical penalties committed during a live ball shall be assessed after the rally has ended.

Rule Book Year2022
Rule Change ID31
Date CreatedMay 30, 2021
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