Rule Submission TitleOfficiating Team Definition
USAP Board VotePassed
USAP Rules Committee VotePassed with modification
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonDelete 'and ball retrievers'. Ball retrievers are not involved in the actual officiating of a match. To correlate with the revised definition, modify the second sentence in 13.E.3 to read '... the referee shall canvass other appropriate members of the officiating team to assist in making the call.' The current text requires the referee to canvass all remaining officiating team members, which is no longer accurate with the revised definition.
Existing Rule #None
Proposed Rule Change (edited)

3.A.XX  Officiating Team - personnel under the leadership of the Tournament Head Referee on or off the playing surface, including Lead and Second Referees, Tracking Referee, Video Replay Referee, and Line Judges.

13.E.3. If a line judge shows the “blocked/blinded” signal, (both hands covering the eyes) the referee can make the call immediately if they clearly saw the ball land. If the referee cannot make the call, the referee shall canvass the remaining other appropriate members of the officiating team to assist in making the call.

Proposed Rule Change

3.A.XX  Officiating Team - personnel under the leadership of the Tournament Head Referee on or off the playing surface, including Lead and Second Referees, Tracking Referee, Video Replay Referee, Line Judges, and Ball Retrievers.

Original Rule Text

None

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

We use the term Officiating Team three times in the Rulebook but have not defined the term.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

All tournaments where one or more of the described personnel are used during the tournament.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID896
Date CreatedMarch 8, 2023
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