|Rule Submission Title
|Clean up wording of 4.B.6.B to properly differentiate among Starting Server and First Server and correct positions
|USAP Board Vote Reason
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason
|Failed. Although this may be marginally better wording, this is not a rule change. Most of the issues with people not understanding the rule result in having a discussion to help them understand the concept involved in the rule. The proposed change won't drastically reduce the potential confusion.
|Existing Rule #
|Proposed Rule Change
NEW WORDING FOR 4.B.6.b.
4.B.6.b. When the team’s score is even (0, 2, 4 ...), the team’s starting server will be the 1st server and correct position
|Original Rule Text
4.B.6.a. At the start of each side out, service begins
4.B.6.b. When the team’s score is even (0, 2, 4 ...),
4.B.6.c. After each side out, service begins with the
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
This is a change in wording only and not a rule CHANGE. 4.B.6.b needs to be cleaned up because as it currently stands it is factually incorrect. I HIGHLIGHTED the later part of 4.B.6.b in the Original Rule Text section to show the incorrect part.
When the team’s score is odd (1, 3, 5...), the starting
This flows from 4.B.6.a and refers to after a side out. When the new serving team score is ODD after a side out, the STARTING SERVER has NO correct position. (Stacking, for example). The starting server (banded player) can stand anywhere they want on their own side of the net.
The wording I propose helps to clearly define the relationships to score, starting and non-starting servers, and 1st servers.
I realize this also makes parts of 4.B.6.c redundant.
|Scenarios In Which the Rules Applies
After a side out. Clears up what player on new serving team actually has a CORRECT POSITION.
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 20, 2022