Rule Submission TitleFirst serving team gets 2 serves
Rule Book Year2022
Date CreatedJune 27, 2021
Rule Change ID174
Existing Rule #4.B.6
Original Rule Text

4.B.6. Doubles. Both players on a team will serve before a side out is declared, except at the start of each game, when only the starting server will serve. The starting server of each game is therefore designated as “Server 2” for scoring purposes, since a side out will occur once a rally is lost or a fault is committed by the serving team and service is awarded to the opposing team.

Proposed Rule Change

4.B.6. Doubles. Both players on a team will serve before a side out is declared.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

I have taught over 500 beginning players and this is the hardest rule for them to understand and for me to explain the reasoning. Also, this would eliminate the scoring confusion. If this rule will not be changed I suggest we go back to saying “Start” for the first serving score.

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