Sunday, July 1, 2012

IFP Rules Change effective July 1, 2012

Effective July 1, 2012 IFP Rules will change as noted below. These changes can be found at usapa.org under Official Rules. They will be included in the next printing of the rulebook.

Rule 2.E.5. Alterations: (deleted: Homemade or) Modified paddles are acceptable so long as they meet all specifications.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for tournament directors to determine if homemade paddles meet all of the paddle specifications so homemade paddles will no longer be allowed in sanctioned tournament play. Modified paddles such as added edge guards, changed grips, etc. will still be allowed if they meet all the specifications.

Rule 2.E.8 Model Designation. The manufacturer must have a clearly marked brand and model name and/or number on the paddle. Paddles with different core material, surface material, or other significant differences must have a unique name or number. Each unique model must have been offered for sale to the general public and samples of each unique model must have been submitted to USAPA and passed USAPA tests. Paddles used in USAPA sanctioned tournaments after January 1, 2014 must conform to this rule.

To make sure all paddles in sanctioned tournament play meet the Paddle Specifications the paddles will need to be identified with brand name and model name or number. All paddles used in sanctioned tournament play will need to be tested and pass the deflection test. There is no charge for this service. To give time for paddles to meet this requirement it will become effective starting January 1, 2014.

Rule 9.D. (last sentence only) If a player (deleted: is inside) has touched the non-volley zone for any reason, that player cannot volley the return until both feet (deleted: are on) have made contact with the playing surface completely outside the non-volley zone.

This is a wording change to the last sentence only of rule 9.D. It is being made to help eliminate confusion with the interpretation of the rule.

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