Questions tagged [officiating]

Questions about the application and enforcement of rules and regulations by the officials engaged in a sport. Questions must also be tagged for the specific sport and/or competition.

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When can the ref cancel or abandon a match due to severe weather?

According to the Laws of the Game it is for the referee to decide whether or not a match can take place when the weather is too severe. But what defines the term "too severe"? Are there any guidelines ...
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Is there any guideline the NFL uses to refrain from calling a penalty due to unusual celebrations or mass reactions?

In the NFL's NFC Divisional playoff game on 2018-01-14 between Minnesota and New Orleans, Minnesota's Stephon Diggs scored a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter to take the lead and thus ...
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Who will get the point in this case?

We need your help about this case in our badminton match (shuttlecock side (A) and racket side (B)): The shuttlecock and racket both touch the net at the same time (the shuttle isn't falling down, ...
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What are the duties performed by the match officials before the start of a match?

I understand there are these primary match officials: the referee, the umpire, the head coach, and the scorer (one from each team). I wish to know what duties they perform before the start of the ...
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Can football players be penalised for an action against a teammate that is normally a foul if done to the opponent?

I saw this video of a player slide tackling his teammate. What are the rules on players tackling their own teammates like that? Would it just be to show fair play and kick the ball out to treat ...
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Does the change to the grounding law apply to stumping?

Does the adjustment to the grounding law - that the bat bouncing up will no longer result in a run out, if you don't change your line - apply to stumpings? I often see a wicket keeper hesitate, ...
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What happens if the 2 umpires in cricket disagree on a decision?

Say the umpire at the non-striker's end has given an LBW, but the square leg umpire has observed that the ball is clearly too high to be hitting the stumps, can the square leg umpire override or ...
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Why is a batsman out, when the impact is outside off, on an umpire's call?

Can a batsman be given out when the ball impacts outside the line, having pitched outside off and with an indication that it would have hit the stumps? The original decision of the umpire on the ...
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Is it a fault: penetrate under the net when the feet are completely in opponent's space, but not on the court?

It is easier to watch this video (vk.com, Russian social network) than explain Libero of Sada Cruzeiro flew to the opponent's side but didn't touch the court with his feet. At the same time, his feet ...
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A strange kick from the penalty mark scored: should a goal be given? [duplicate]

During October 2017, a football game in Thailand went to twenty (20) rounds of sudden death in kicks from the penalty mark. The twentieth kick for the team going first hit the crossbar and deflected ...
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In the Benfica vs Man Utd match, why did the referee point to his watch after the goal?

In the Champions League match between Benfica and Manchester United that happened on Oct 18, 2017, Rashford took a freekick, the Benfica goalkeeper misjudged the angle and trajectory of the freekick ...
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Two runners on same base

October 17, 2017 Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers, two Cubs runners occupied third base at the same time in the ninth inning. The Dodgers' third baseman tagged the second runner first, and then the ...
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Rugby league: does a knock-on require an immediate stoppage of play?

In a few recent rugby league (Australian NRL) games that I have seen, a player will drop a ball that was passed to him, causing it to move forward off of his hands and bounce forward on the ground. ...
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Cricket puzzler

I've followed cricket for decades in the UK, and I can now watch it on ESPN here in the US. The sound technology and microphones pick up everything on the pitch. I am puzzled by a shout heard after ...
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Is a match forfeited if a player refuses to leave after being sent off?

So, I know that according to MLB rules, the umpire in chief can forfeit the game if an ejected player refuses to leave the field. Can a soccer/association football referee forfeit a match the same ...
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talking to the umpire after being ejected

Why does the umpire and manager/player keep on argueing after the ejection? Why does the umpire let the manager/player keep on talking to him and remain on the field after being ejected?
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Should a goal be disallowed if a player in an offside position blocks the view of the goalkeeper?

Should Germany's first goal by Özil against Norway on the 4th September 2017 have been disallowed if Timo Werner were in an offside position? In reality, a defender on the far side of the pitch was ...
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Covering Puck in Crease

I know that it is a penalty shot if you conceal/cover/fall on the puck while it's in the crease ("No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, pick ...
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If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this an out?

If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team (assume that the ball already went by an infielder, nullifying any interference) and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this ...
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Run out on wide ball after the ball settled in keepers hand

Bowler bowled a bouncer ball, main umpire signals it as Wide ball. When I left the crease to have a discussion, with the ball in keeper's hand bails come off. Is this considered out or not?
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Question about batter's position in batter's box prior to pitch

Since I've read two different interpretations of this, I'm going to ask a question about the batter's box and the batter's orientation in it prior to the pitch, even if I'm pretty sure I know the ...
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If the ball is thrown, but caught by the server before it is hit, is this a service fault?

Suppose a table tennis player goes to serve. They throw the ball, but for whatever reason, decide not to play it. Instead they catch it with their hand. Is this a service fault, and therefore a point ...
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Uncaught Third Strike question

When the rules say that a third strike must be "legally caught" by the catcher, does that include a situation where the catcher has a third strike glance off his glove, but he ends up catching the ...
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Offensive interference in baseball (“confusing” a fielder)

The Umpire Bible website presents an interference scenario that is brought up under the base runner "confusing" an infielder: You can think up lots of scenarios. For example, let's say there's one ...
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How frequent is high sticking in Ice Hockey?

Are there any statistics for how frequently a specific penalty occurs in Ice Hockey? (any League?) I am specifically interested in high sticks.
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What happens if an own-goal is scored during a delayed penalty shot (ice hockey)?

The NHL rules are contradictory in this circumstance, and do not specify what course of action is to be taken. I know this is a little contrived, but is not a long-shot to occur. Relevant rules, ...
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In little league, can an umpire change their ruling based on advice from coaching staff?

In a little league championship game, there have been two outs, with a man on second. The batter hits a home run. The batter runs bases and gets home, but the outfield team notice that he didn't step ...
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Can the referee end the game while someone is about to shoot?

I recently played a football game. We conceded a goal in the start of the first half. During the allowance for time lost at the end of the second half, our team member was in front of the goal with ...
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How much protection do NHL referees wear?

I'm wondering how much protection NHL referees wear aside the helmet. I've seen referees that had to either leave game or where on ice for a long time after getting hit or falling awkwardly. Those ...
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Puck going out of bounds 'directly' off faceoff

"When the puck goes outside the playing area directly off the face- off, regardless as to which player may have last contacted the puck, the face-off shall remain in the same spot and no penalty will ...
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Can the referees self-evaluate during the breaks/intervals? [duplicate]

During football matches intervals, between halves or before overtime, are the referees able to take a look at the dubious episodes of the first half? Should they be able to?
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How can soccer/football referees improve decision making

So I'm a football referee, and I have refereed a couple games. When I work as an assistant referee it is pretty hard to judge if the ball is out of bounds, especially when refereeing older players, ...
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In football, when, if ever, does shielding the ball with the foot become tripping?

If player A is within a foot or two of the ball, and an approaching player B makes a play for the ball with his foot. Player A places his foot between player B and the ball, and player B falls to the ...
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Was Cristiano Ronaldo's 100th Champions League goal offside or not?

On April 19, 2017, during the second period of the extra time of the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ...
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Is an own goal scored with hand a valid goal?

In La Liga game between Leganes and Real Madrid on 5th April 2017, Leganes defender Martín Mantovani scored an own goal with hand †. Was it a valid goal? † This goal apparently counted as Alvaro ...
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Number of whistles by referees defined in the rules or is it just a guideline?

When starting a game a whistle is blown by the referee only once. At the end of the 1st half the referee blows the whistle 2 times. At the end of the game the referee blows the whistle 3 times. Is ...
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Boarding, NHL vs USA Hockey

in the USA Hockey casebook, I came across an interesting little nugget. "Player A1 pushes teammate A2 into an opponent who is thrown against the boards violently enough to warrant a boarding penalty. ...
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Illegal Substitution and Awarded Goal

This is about an awarded goal on an illegal substitution in NHL hockey, or what I think would make for one. This has to do with an illegal substitute trying to stop disaster from occuring. Call it a ...
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Delayed Offside Question (faceoff location, puck out of bounds)

Just FYI, I've delved into detail with this question, but for good reason. I have found it next to impossible to get this answered accurately, so I try and describe it best as I can. Thanks for ...
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Puck completely crossing the goal line for a legal goal - does it need to be placed to settle beyond the line too?

The puck has to entirely cross the goal line in the net to count as a goal. Does that ​include a case where the puck is standing vertically on end parallel to the goal line but just a sliver beyond it,...
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Is it an offence if the ball is handled when the arms are in contact with the body?

The ball hits a player's arm, which is in contact with the body. The player, in most cases, argues that it is not an offence as their arm was in direct contact with their body. Are they correct?
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What do football (soccer) referees do during halftime?

What do football referees do and where do they go during halftime? Is there a protocol or are there particular rules they have to obey during that time, like restrictions who to communicate with? Is ...
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Soccer: How to thwart someone who's pushing you on the back when receiving the ball [closed]

I'm a fairly big guy for a soccer player, which has some advantages and disadvantages. Two of the disadvantages is that referees think that I'm clumsy when I fall over, or that I'm not being fouled ...
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What happens if a cricket team has more than 11 fielders?

What is the rule concerning the violation of a 11 player rule? What if the team fielding 12 players played half an inning without anybody noticing it? The game was a 20 over/side game and each team ...
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What are the first steps to become a Chair Umpire/Line Judge in Tennis?

I am addicted to Tennis, I can't really become a Tennis pro or even semi-pro right now. I have my eyes on being some kind of official in Tennis. Where should I start? - My first guess is LINE JUDGE ...
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Can players take a “practise” free throw before their “actual” shot?

A player was awarded two free throws on shooting foul. They miss the first and the ball bounces back to them before the referee can grab it. The player takes a practice shot and then wants the ...
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Why did Verratti get a card for this back pass?

During the match between PSG and Nantes, Marco Verratti was cautioned (received a yellow card) for this pass to the goalkeeper, which was headed back rather than kicked. I believe the referee has ...
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Why do referees wait for a player to stand up before booking them?

During Arsenal's home game against Burnley, Dean Marney committed a cautionable foul against Mesut Özil which resulted in injuring himself. The referee retrieved his card, but waited for the player ...
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Is pulling shirts allowed in football? If not, why is it unpenalized?

In many matches, defenders can be seen pulling the shirts of opppnents during corner kicks and free kicks. But referees never called a foul or award a free kick or penalty to the opposition. Is ...
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Empty net, attacker in the crease: should a goal be allowed or disallowed?

If a team has substituted the goalkeeper for a sixth skating player, and the opponent team has scored on the empty net while an opponent attacker was in the crease, should the goal be disallowed? The ...