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.
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
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,
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.