Rule Submission TitleAppeal of rally ending shot
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThe current rule is adequate. It is not necessary or appropriate to shorten the time allowed for an appeal. There is nothing inherently wrong or unfair if a player chooses to use a timeout to give them more time to consider it or to get coaching.
Existing Rule #6d5
Proposed Rule Change

A player or team must appeal a rally ending shot before the next rally has started or before calling a time out, whichever comes first.

Legislative format showing the changes to the original rule.

A player or team must appeal a rally ending shot before the next rally has started or before calling a time out, whichever comes first.

Original Rule Text

A player or team must appeal a rally ending shot before the next rally has started.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

In the scenario below, Team B is allowed to be helped by spectators due to the time out. When Team B called a time out,  the window of opportunity to appeal should end.

Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies

Team A is serving at 9-8-2. A dink rally is played when a player on Team A volleys A hard shot toward Team B's baseline.  Neither player on Team B sees the ball land and neither player makes a prompt out call.  The referee calls "point" and Team B  now trailing 10-8-2 calls a time out.  During the time out they are told by several spectators that the last shot was clearly out. This is legal since there is a time out.  Players come back to the court and the referee calls "Time in". Team B now appeals the previous rally ending shot to the referee.  The lead referee asks the 2nd referee if he/she saw the play and the answer is "yes, the ball was out ".  The game will now resume 8-9-1 not 10-8-2.

Under the current rules this is legal.  It is not fair. Team B did not make a timely appeal and should not be able to benefit from advice given during the time out.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID954
Date CreatedMarch 18, 2023
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