Rule Submission TitlePaddle Color in Tournament
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThis is being addressed in the Equipment Standards Manual so that it is addressed with the manufacturers, not dealt with at individual tournaments. Acceptable paddles will be those that are on the approved Paddle List.
Existing Rule #2E and 2G1
Proposed Rule Change

2.G. Apparel.
2.G.1. Safety and Distraction. A player may be required to
change apparel (also player's equipment) that is inappropriate, including that
which approximates the color of the ball.

Original Rule Text

2.G. Apparel.

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

2.G.2. Depictions. Graphics, insignias, pictures, and writing on apparel must be in good taste.

2.G.3. Footwear. Shoes must have soles that do not mark or damage the court’s playing surface.

 

2.E. Paddle Specifications.

2.E.1 Material.

2.E.2 Surface roughness.

2.E.3 Size.

2.E.4 Weight.

2.E.5 Alterations.

2.E.6 Prohibited Surface Features and Mechanical Features.

2.E.7 Model Designation.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

This is NOT about paddle production.  The sportsmanship; especially in tournament, is the main reason.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID930
Date CreatedMarch 14, 2023
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