|Rule Submission Title
|Clarification of Defer Selection for First Choice
|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 #
|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
|Rule Change ID
|May 15, 2023