Rule Submission TitleClothing as a distraction
USAP Board Voting StatusPassed
USAP Rules Committee Voting StatusPassed. This doesn't add any additional punative result. This just clarifies that the TD can choose to request apparel changes due to the clothing matching the ball color. It also suggests to players that they should not intentionally choose clothing that is the same color as the tournament ball.
Existing Rule #2.G.1
Proposed Rule Change

2.G.1. Safety and Distraction. A player may be required to change apparel that are inappropriate, including that which approximates the color of the ball.  

Original Rule Text

2.G.1. Safety and Distraction. A player may be required to change garments that are inappropriate. 

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

This change is complementary to the new item added to "Players" on page 1.  It reflects the sportsmanship desired of players to refrain from wearing clothing that could camouflage the ball by virtue of the ball and clothing being closely matched in color.  It also replaces 'garments' with apparel for consistency throughout Rule 2.G.

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID526
Date CreatedJune 23, 2022
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