|Rule Submission Title||Clarification of Defer Selection for First Choice|
|USAP Board Vote||Failure Confirmed|
|USAP Rules Committee Vote||Failed|
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason||While the details of the proposal are accurate, the change is not needed. This is addressed in the Officiating Handbook and has not been a significant problem.|
|Existing Rule #||5.A.1|
|Proposed Rule Change|
5.A. Selection of End, Serve, or Receive.
5.A.1. Any fair method shall be used to determine which singles player or doubles team has first choice of court end
|Original Rule Text|
5.A. Selection of End, Serve, Receive, or Defer.
5.A.1. Any fair method shall be used to determine which player or team has first choice of end, serve, receive, or defer (e.g., a 1 or 2 written on the back of the score sheet, flipping a coin). If the winner chooses to serve or receive first, the loser chooses the starting end. If the winner chooses the starting end, the loser chooses to serve or receive. Once a selection has been made, it cannot be changed
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change|
This is a clarification that only the player or team winning the first choice can elect to defer.
|Rule Book Year||2024|
|Rule Change ID||1212|
|Date Created||May 15, 2023|
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