Catch-Up: A Rule That Makes Service Sports More Competitive

Mehmet Ismail, Maastricht University

Service sports include tennis, volleyball, badminton, and squash. Steven Brams, Mehmet Ismail, Marc Kilgour, and Walter Stromquist propose a ‘Catch-Up Rule’ that is designed to make sports more competitive—and more thrilling for spectators. The Catch-Up Rule gives the serve to the player who has lost the previous point—as opposed to the player who won the previous point, as under the presently used Standard Rule. A short introduction video is available at

Mehmet Ismail | PhD candidate at Maastricht University