Rule Submission Title3.A.6. Distraction
Existing Rule #3.A.6.
Proposed Rule Change

3.A.6. Distraction – Actions by an opponent that are ‘not common to the game’ that, in the judgment of the referee, may interfere with the opponent’s ability or concentration to hit the ball. Examples include, but are not limited to, making loud noises, stomping feet, waving the paddle in a distracting manner, or otherwise interfering with the opponent’s concentration or ability to hit the ball.

Original Rule Text

3.A.6. Distraction – Physical actions by a player that are ‘not common to the game’ that, in the judgment of the referee, may interfere with the opponent’s ability or concentration to hit the ball. Examples include, but are not limited to, making loud noises, stomping feet, waving the paddle in a distracting manner, or otherwise interfering with the opponent’s concentration or ability to hit the ball.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

The word "physical" is not needed in defining an action that may be a distraction. The word "player" is changed to "opponent" to further correct the definition.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

If a player on a very close adjacent court makes loud noises, stomping feet, waving the paddle in a distracting manner, etc., it may be called a hinder.  But only an opponent may be faulted for creating a distraction.

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID405
Date CreatedMay 27, 2022
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