|Rule Submission Title
|Head Referee called then declined
|USAP Board Vote Reason
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason
|Failed. Proposal was too broad and overreaching. Proposal did not address all scenarios.
|Existing Rule #
|Proposed Rule Change
Challenging the referee’s interpretation of a rule and losing the challenge (e.g., referee’s ruling was correct) and a time-out is assessed. (Verbal Warning not applicable) Challenging the referee’s interpretation of a rule and calling the Head Referee to court, then declining the HR once they arrive. A time- out is assessed.
|Original Rule Text
Challenging the referee’s interpretation of a rule and losing the Challenge (e.g., referee’s ruling was correct) and a time out is assessed. (Verbal Warning not applicable)
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
The player is essentially taking a time out by calling for the Head Referee. The player then changes their mind or declines the Head Referee so no challenge of a rule takes place. If a Time out is not assessed, then the player can actually receive a third stoppage of play by asking for and then declining the Head Referee. A time out should still be assessed since the player stopped the flow of the game by requesting the Head Referee.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
Player challenges a ruling by the referee. Once the HR arrives, they change their mind and does not follow through with the challenge. There is still a stoppage of play. So a Time out should still be assessed.
If the player is out of time outs, a TF should be assessed. This same scenario can be added to rule 13. G.2.e see additional proposed rule change to 13.G.2.d
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 13, 2022