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Proposed by Brian Accrocco (revoked)
I move that we amend the USAA Bylaws to do the following: Break article IX, sections A, B, and C into three new Articles with the
following format. IX. Time Limits 1. Players have a maximum of two minutes in between games during a
match. 2. Players may take a maximum 15-minute break between sets
during a tournament match. This may be extended due to emergencies. 3. (Walker Clause) When a match is called, both players have
15 minutes to report to the referee or the tournament director. The clock begins
when the match is called and does not stopped ticking
until both players' report. If there is not a response within 10 minutes, then the next match is
called. For a player who has not reported by 15 minutes, one point is
lost, and then one additional point
for each minute afterwards. This will continue until the player finally reports
to the referee or the tournament director. (1997 Houston)
Any penalties assessed by this clause are mandatory and NOT up to the discretion
of the offending player's opponent. 4. (Flagrant Walker Clause) If a player has been informed
personally that his match is up for play, the player has five minutes to report
to the table for competition. If the player does not
comply by the end of five minutes, he loses one point per game and then one
point per game per minute thereafter.
X. Player Rights and Responsibilities 1. (1997 Houston) Players who do not referee a match which
they are responsible to referee, or who do not provide a referee acceptable to
the players when the players are ready, face the possible penalty of conduct
warnings and/or more severe penalties at the discretion of the tournament
committee. The referee does have a maximum 5-minute break if he/she has just
finished competing. 2. (CL #15) During latter matches on the last day of a
tournament, players are granted permission to watch three games of an on- going
match, even if the time for their match has come. 3. (CL #20) Players must inform either of the two National
referees if the players are leaving the tournament premises. Players should
provide specific information as to their whereabouts and
length of absence. If National Referees are unavailable, chart personnel must be
consulted. 4. (1997 Houston) Players who voluntarily forfeit out of a
tournament are not entitled to their prize money or prizes. The USAA may make
exceptions to this rule in extreme cases. The unclaimed prizes go to the USAA.
XI. USAA Rights and Responsibilities 1. (CL #21) The USAA reserves the right to photograph or
videotape any tournament play desired by the camera crew and to use it as
players request. Players may refuse to permit flashbulbs
or extreme lighting to be used during their match by camera people. 2. (CL #22) The USAA and tournament sponsors are not
responsible in any way for loss resulting from injury
during or traveling to and from any of its sanctioned events. Each participant
and spectator assumes full and total responsibility for health and safety and
agrees that the USAA and its sponsors are held harmless.
End of Motion
The only changes applied by this motion is to strike the following text from rule IX.A.1:
"During a challenge match players have a maximum of one minute in between games, however either player may choose to take one 2 minute break in between games each set. This may be extended in emergencies."
and the change "during a tournament or challenge match" to "during a tournament match" in IX.A.2.
These rules applying to challenge matches now appear in the USAA Challenge Match Procedures.