|Rule Submission Title
|Proposed changes regarding net post support structures
|USAP Board Vote Reason
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason
|Failed. Too many scenarios where the result would be a fault, replay or let the rally stand
|Existing Rule #
|Proposed Rule Change
11.K The Net Posts. The net posts (including permanently attached net adjustment handles and winch) are positioned out of bounds. It is a fault if the player or ball contacts the net post while the ball is in play. Net post legs, wheels, removable adjustment handles and other support structures are not considered permanent objects. If after crossing the net a ball in play first bounces on the court and then contacts one of these support structures a hinder shall be called and a replay shall occur. If a player, a player’s apparel, or a player’s paddle contacts one of these support structures while the ball is in play and said contact interferes with play a hinder shall be called and a replay shall occur.
|Original Rule Text
11.K.The Net Posts. The net posts (including connected wheels,
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
As written, the rules specify net posts, net post legs and any support construction including connected arms or wheels as permanent objects, and as such are positioned out of bounds. It is a fault if a player or ball contacts any of these structures while the ball is in play.
The standard reference net post is a vertical post no more than 3 inches in diameter with the inside of the post positioned 1 foot from the sideline. No attachments other than the net assembly are addressed in the net post description.
A player should reasonably expect to have the right to play on a court based on the standard reference net post. Any other attached structures that can potentially interfere with player or ball movement should be considered a potential hinder.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 14, 2022