SC Has Been Electing to Receive the Ball to Start the Game. Good or Bad Idea? SoCal93 Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 3,366 Likes Received: 3,160 Sep 20, 2019 #1 I've always been a fan of deferring and kicking to the opposing team to start the game. This obviously means you get the ball to start the 2nd half. Helton prefers the opposite. I don't know why.