USTA seeks rule change proposals

Columbus, OH — The USTA is again petitioning its membership to submit proposals for changes that they would like to see made to the organization’s official rules.

Current USTA members may submit a rule change proposal using the 2025 USTA Rule Change Proposal FormUnder the section titled “Recommended Rule Change/Addition/Deletion,” cite the current rule, if applicable, with the detailed change to the rule clearly identifiable. Under “Justification for Change,” address the following:

– The specific problem or concern relating to the proposed change
– The individual(s) or group(s) that the proposed change will affect
– How the proposed change will fix the issue, or how it will benefit the industry
– Consider possible drawbacks to the proposed change
– Provide supporting information or statistics, if appropriate

Be sure to review the current edition of the USTA Rule Book to determine the rule to which rule your proposal is referring. If a current rule doesn’t apply, become familiar with which Rule Book section the proposed rule change would fall under.

Rule change proposals will be presented at each of the 13 annual district meetings. USTA members in attendance at those meetings will review and vote to provide recommendations on each, to be submitted to the full board of directors at its annual meeting where the final decisions on rule change proposals are made.

Have additional questions or need help in coming up with appropriate language for a rule change? Contact T.C. Lane at or Michele Kopiec at

Rule change proposals must be submitted no later than the end of business on Friday (Aug. 30) to: U.S. Trotting Association, 6130 S. Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081, or 844.229.1338 (fax).

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