|Rule Submission Title
|4.A.1. The entire score must be called before the ball is served.
|USAP Board Vote Reason
|USAP Rules Committee Vote Reason
|Failed. Reverts back to previous years when there was confusion about the service motion and serves.
|Existing Rule #
|Proposed Rule Change
The entire score must be called before the service motion begins.
|Original Rule Text
4.A.1. The entire score must be called before the ball is served.
|Reasoning Behind Suggested Change
The current rule allows a player to call the last number right before striking the ball. This gives the opposition no time to process the called score, and a wrong score can be very distracting. With the severe penalties now imposed for stopping a rally for an incorrect score called, the players must now concentrate on what the correct score is and who served from where, etc., instead of focusing full attention on the rally at hand.
|Rule Book Year
|Rule Change ID
|June 15, 2022