Rule Submission TitleEasily Visible Starting Server Identification
USAP Board VoteFailure Confirmed
USAP Rules Committee VoteFailed
USAP Rules Committee Vote ReasonThe term 'easily visible' is subjective and very difficult to enforce or be consistent across matches.
Existing Rule #3.A.40
Proposed Rule Change

3.A.40.  Starting Server – For each doubles team, the player designated to serve first at the start of the game. In doubles tournament play, the starting server shall wear a visible form of identification determined by the Tournament Director. The identification must be easily visible to the referee and the opponents.

Original Rule Text

3.A.40.  Starting Server – For each doubles team, the player designated to serve first at the start of the game. In doubles tournament play, the starting server shall wear a visible form of identification determined by the Tournament Director.

Reasoning Behind Suggested Change

On Referee conference calls there has been lengthy discussions regarding the color and placement of wristbands (e.g. can a player wear a black wristband intertwined into the black laces of a black shoe).  While the band is technically visible it is not ‘easily’ or ‘clearly’ visible to a referee at a quick glance or by the opponents at the opposite baseline.   This clarification should eliminate further confusion or discussion on this.

Rule Book Year2024
Rule Change ID1023
Date CreatedApril 10, 2023
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