Rule Submission TitleOut balls-partner communication
USAP Board Vote ReasonFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonFailed. Reason same as 277.
Existing Rule #6.D.11.
Proposed Rule Change

Yell "bounce" rather than out when communicating a possible out ball

Original Rule Text

While the ball is in the air, if a player yells “out,” “no,” “bounce it,” or any other words to communicate to
their partner that the ball may be out, it shall be considered player communication only and not considered a line call.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Too many posts on the Forum complaining about a partner calling out before a ball has bounced and teams getting confused that it's partner communication. Personally I think the rule currently is clear cut but it causes many questions and problems if you read the Forum or Ask the Referee Facebook pages.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

When a partner communicates a possible out ball that ends up being in. Opposing teams don't understand its partner communication

Rule Book Year2023
Rule Change ID561
Date CreatedJune 29, 2022
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