Rule Submission TitleEnforce the end of timeouts strictly.
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThe current rule on timing works well and has not been excessively abused. Referees have tools available to them to get players ready for play.
Existing Rule #10.A.5.
Proposed Rule Change

The referee will announce when there are 15 seconds remaining.  At the end of the time-out period, the referee shall call "time in" and then the score.

Original Rule Text

The referee will announce when there are 15 second remaining.  At the end of the time-out period, the referee shall call "time in" and then call the score when all players are (or should be) ready to play.

 

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

Players are taking advantage of the fact that they know a referee will not call the score until they are in place.  It is being abused and it reduces the referees to begging the players to "get into position".  In all other sports, time is a critical component of the game.  In the NBA, there is a 24 second shot clock.  In football, the offensive team has 25 or 40 seconds to snap the ball.  Boxing has a 1 minute rest period.   Requesting for time-out to go back to its original intention and give referees back their dignity.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID985
Date CreatedMarch 23, 2023
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