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USAPA/IFP /// SECTION 5 – SERVICE AND SIDE SELECTION RULES NEW/REVISED RULE 5.B.6. The maximum time allowed to switch sides during a game is 60 seconds. The referee will announce a 15-second warning, then call the score after the full 60 seconds and apply the 10-Second Rule, even if all players are not on the court and/or not ready to play. See Rule 4.E. OLD RULE There was no previous restriction on time allowed to switch sides. /// SECTION 6 – LINE CALL RULES NEW/REVISED RULE 6.D.3. The opponent gets the benefit of the doubt on line calls made. Any ball that cannot be called “out” will be considered “in.” A player cannot claim a “let” because the ball was not seen or there is uncertainty. A player may appeal to the referee to make the call if he or she did not clearly see the ball land. If the referee is unable to make the call, the ball is “in.” OLD RULE 6.D.10. Previously, players could not appeal to the ref- eree to make a call for a ball they did not see. A player had to first make a call, then “any player may appeal a call to the referee in an officiated match.” /// SECTION 10 – TIME-OUT RULES NEW/REVISED RULE 10.A.6. The referee will give the players a warning when there are 15 seconds remaining. At the end of the time-out, the referee will call “time in” and announce the score to begin the 10-Second Rule, even if players are not on the court and/or not ready to play. If the server does not serve within 10 seconds after the score is called, and no additional time-outs are called or available, a fault will be called. OLD RULE 11.F. Stated if players are not ready within 10 seconds and no additional time-outs are called, the offending side will receive a technical foul on the first offense and a match forfeit on the second offense. 10.B. Medical Time-Out. If a player is accidentally injured during a match, that player may take a medical time-out. On-site medical staff should be summoned to assess the situation and render appropriate first aid. If blood is present, play may not resume until the bleeding has been controlled and any blood on clothing and the court has been cleaned up. 11.B. Previously Injury Time-Outs 10.B.1. Medical personnel, or the tournament director if no medical personnel are present, must agree that there is a valid reason for a medical time-out to take place and that the player is not just stalling to rest or recuperate. 11.B. Stated that the referee must agree. 10.B.1.b. If medical personnel, or the tournament direc- tor if no medical personnel are present, determine that there is not a valid medical condition, then the player or team will be issued a technical warning. If a technical warning has already been issued, then a technical foul will be called. The medical time-out is still available. There was no penalty if deemed that the player did not have a valid injury. CONTINUED ON PAGE 52 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | MAGAZINE > 51