When compared line-by-line against the August 2015 Rules, here are the 3 notable changes made to the 2017 edition of the Official Rules & Guidelines:
Personally, I like this change. Why take away a feature of the game just because it is near the end? We don't take away the ability to Challenge or to attempt a Bonus, so why remove time-outs?
In reality, this rule change merely reflects how the game is currently being played. With the advent of computerized jump seats, quizzers typically make one small movement to activate their pad and wait to see who jumped first before standing up. Also, Quizmasters normally recognize the quizzer whose name appears in the jump software regardless of whether the quizzer is still moving, standing, sitting, doing pushups, or whatever.
Combined with the rule change described above, this means you can no longer utilize leaning to the side as your first move toward a standing position.
So, what do you think? What other rules would you like to see changed or clarified? Comment below and let’s discuss!