> There seems to be some disagreement in my region about whether or not
> outdoor doubles rules allow one to can catch the first service toss
> rather than letting it hit the ground. I believe it is allowed to be
> done in the outdoor game. Any ideas on where to get the definitive
You can catch your toss in outdoor USAV rules.
USAV outdoor 16.6 Service Attempt
If the server releases the ball for service but does not attempt to
complete the service motion, the referee will cancel the service and
direct a reserve. A player may only receive one such reserve during
any one term of service.
In contrast, the indoor rule specifically states that the ball must
drop to the ground "without touching the player."
Note that under outdoor rules, you can only do this once per TERM of
service, unlike the indoor rule which allows one tossing error per
USAV Regional Referee, Great Lakes Region, Palatine, IL
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