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Questions about the rules of sports, including regulations for particular competitions or formats. Questions must also be tagged for the specific sport or competition.

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Odd scenario at first base through poor baserunning

Runner on first, a grounder is hit to first and the runner doesn't advance because he thinks the ball is going foul. The ball is played by the first baseman and ruled fair. The first baseman touches ...
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What is the minimum age of a coach in a football leagues like premiership, La Liga and Seria A

At what age can a coach or a manager can manage a team and what is the minimum age required to be a coach in any of the following leagues? La Liga Premier League Serie A German Budesliga
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If the legal 7th delivery is a no ball then will there be a free hit?

By legal 7th delivery, I mean the umpire not realising that 6 balls have been bowled and so the bowler throws the 7th delivery. I know that in such a case the extra ball is considered to legal. But if ...
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Can you choose to play a fault serve in racquetball?

Scenario: My opponent serves the ball short, but I'm in a good position to return it. Does a fault serve automatically end the rally? Or can I choose to return the serve and continue the rally?
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Who comes out of the penalty box after goal?

Suppose that Team 1 has players Adam and Bob. Adam takes a double minor penalty, and during the powerplay, Bob takes a 2 minute minor. Then, on the 5-on-3 powerplay, Team 2 scores a goal. Assuming ...
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Should Jorgensen have been sent off for his DOGSO foul in Croatia-Denmark (2018 FIFA World Cup)?

I am of course referring to the foul that occurred at the 113th minute of the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, when Rebić would have scored an easy goal had he not been fouled in the box ...
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Does one have to hit a cushion during a break in snooker?

I was wondering during the break in a snooker game can I simple strike the cue softly and just touch the reds. Or do I have to hit the cue ball and make sure it rebounds and hits a cushion? I just ...
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Can a player shout falsely the remaining time of the shooting clock?

I was at a game, where 10 seconds were remaining, player A had the ball and player B of the opposite team started yelling the countdown (3,2,1...). Player A shot from half court over the board and the ...
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How many players a club can sell during a single transfer period?

I wanted to know how many players a club can sell during the transfer period? Are there any rules that FIFA (or UEFA) have issued regarding this matter?
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Is there a fixed duration for celebration in football

In this video, you'll see on multiple occasions that a team celebrated just a tiny a bit too long, the referee let the match continue while the team is celebrating and the second team took the ...
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How much is the cost for a team to be registered in the CONCACAF Champions League?

I'm wondering how much is the cost for a team to be registered in the CONCACAF Champions League. E.g, let's say the champion club from Haiti wants to play in the first phase of the CONCACAF Champions ...
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Why have “less than 250 feet” in rule 5.05(a)(5) if rule 2.01 renders its chance of occurrence to zero?

While reading Rule 5.05, I came across the following in (a)(5): A fair ball passes over a fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more. Such hit entitles the batter ...
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What happens if fielder catches ball at fence but drops ball over fence?

Here's the scenario: Batter hits pitch, ball looks to drop just outside the fence but a fielder manages to get to the fence quickly and climb on it to attempt a catch, raising his arm to try and get ...
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Squash doubles serving query

Once the server has hit the ball is there any rule regarding players entering the receiver’s box (i.e. crossing the half court line) before the receiver has played the ball?
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Why does football still use the offside rule? [duplicate]

There used to be other sports like field hockey where they used to have an offside rule. To continue with the example of field hockey, the games were too defensive, and they weren't that many goals (...
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Can a back row player joust at the net without jumping?

A tall back-row player executes a legal back-row attack, ending up near the net, and is immediately in a position to "joust" for a tight ball by simply reaching above the net, without jumping, winning ...
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Can a golfer play across multiple fairways from a tee to the hole? [duplicate]

My local golf club allows you to tee off from the first tee and not to follow the fairway but to hit the ball across other greens and fairways. Is this legal?
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Does VAR allow referees to ignore unintentional fouls?

Referees used to ignore unintentional fouls, like unintentional handballs, but it seems that with the introduction of VAR in this world cup, they're not ignoring anything. For instance the penalty in ...
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Changing sides in tennis

This site says: A player has to win six games, and at least two more than the foe, to claim a tennis match. Players switch sides after every odd game, as in the first, third and fifth games, and ...
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How are stoppage time goals deduplicated from regulation time goals?

In football, goals can be scored in stoppage time, say the 46th minute of the first half, and also in the 46th minute of the game in the second half. Is there any way of differentiating / ...
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What if the semi-finals are not completed before the scheduled start of the final?

In Wimbledon 2018, the first semi-final (Anderson vs Isner) of gentlemen's singles went on for 6 hours and 35 minutes on Friday, 13 Jul 2018. This caused the start of the second semi-final (Nadal vs ...
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What happens on a miscued break that scratches in the pocket without moving a ball?

Say I'm breaking in a nine-ball game. I miscue and I don't hit any balls on the table and I scratch on the opposite corner pocket. Who takes control of the break? Do I still have control or does my ...
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Why is there no tiebreaker in the final set of a tennis match? [duplicate]

In a couple of recent gentlemen's singles matches in the ongoing Wimbledon 2018, the 5th sets have gone on to an unusual length: In one of the quarter finals, Kevin Anderson eventually won the 5th ...
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Base running after being awarded two bases

Runner is one first base. He starts stealing second base but decides to go back to first. The ball goes from catcher to second baseman. Second baseman tries to pick up the runner going back to first ...
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Basketball “climbing” foul

If an attacking player sees a defender slip for example and fall to one knee. Can the offensive player use the defenders knee as a platform to jump, like running up n jumping off the defender? Or a ...
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Is it a double hit in volleyball to play the ball rebounding from the net?

In volleyball, if the ball is rebounds from the net, can the player who hit the ball into net hit the ball twice, or is this a double hit?
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Can you block and hit the ball over the net in volleyball? [duplicate]

So playing with friends the other day and this happened. Team A set the ball for their attacking player (3rd touch), he tried to dink the ball behind the blocker. It was a horrible touch and the ...
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Why do NBA players avoid touching the ball after a made basket?

I notice this a lot in the NBA, where after a team scores a field goal, the players of that team that are positioned near or directly under the basket for an offensive rebound avoid touching the ball. ...
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What does the ITF rulebook consider to be “the service motion”?

According to Rule 18b of the ITF Rulebook: During the service motion, the server shall not... touch the baseline or the court with either foot. What, exactly, constitutes "the service motion"? I ...
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Is potting 1 ball in a turn a break in snooker?

I am confused about what counts as a break in snooker. The official rules have the following paragraph: Break A break is a number of pots in successive strokes made in any one turn by a player ...
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Under what circumstances the half race passing time in a marathon qualifies for a half marathon competition?

Few months ago, a track and field runner Carles Castillejo was involved in something quite interesting: he wanted to qualify to the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship 2018 in Valencia, Spain, to be ...
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Is it legal to use a trick involving another player to pass the ball to the keeper without kicking it?

It says in Law 12, under "Cautions for unsporting behaviour", that: A player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour including if a player: [...] uses a deliberate trick to pass the ball (...
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Hasn't Kasper Schmeichel broke the rules when saving Modrić's penalty during the World Cup 2018, Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark?

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick - 1. Procedure explicitly states that: The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked. ...
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Is it a foul to pause during a run-for-shot in penalty shootout? [duplicate]

During the penalty shootout of Croatia vs Denmark of World Cup 2018, in Croatia's 2nd shot (Andrej Kramarić vs Kasper Schmeichel), when Kramarić was running for a shot, he paused briefly before ...
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Why is the FIFA overtime period divided into two halves?

My question is about World Cup extra time rules, but I guess it applies to FIFA in general. About the FIFA extra time period, the rules say the following: It shall always consist of two periods of ...
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Why is a penalty not given if a goal comes right after the foul?

In the game between Spain and Russia, in the World Cup 2018, one Russian defender (Ignashevich) tackled a Spanish player (Ramos) inside the Russian penalty area (video here or here). This was ...
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In football, what happens when a team commits an offence for which play need not be stopped, and then scores a goal immediately after?

In the Laws of the Game, there is a small—yet non empty—set of offences for which the referee must not immediately blow his whistle as he usually does for 'normal' fouls, but must instead allow play ...
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How can a completed match become a walkover?

During yesterday 2018 World Cup's match between Panama and Tunisia, a Polish-speaking sport commentator said that one of these countries (didn't hear exactly which one) had a football match with Cape ...
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Is there any software for scoring in sports with subjective voting, such as figure scating, gymnastics, dancing etc

In many sports the scoring system is easy and obvious. For example, in running, racing and others they check your time. But in some sports there are judges, which give there subjective points to the ...
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Why are players in soccer allowed to get away with so much argument with the ref, especially compared to the NBA? [duplicate]

In the NBA, players get technical fouls if they argue with a ref. Why don't they make the same rule in soccer? Do fans like this? Is it good for the game in some sense? What is the upside to allowing ...
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Are there official rules and formats for small side soccer football without goalkeeper?

I would like to know are there any official, possibly FIFA, formats and rules of soccer football match that could play without goalkeeper and has each team member on field more than 4 but less than 9 ...
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What if goal happens whilst a penalty VAR review is in process?

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is being implemented in the World Cup 2018. Sometimes, an action occurs (e.g. a penalty), but the referee does not think in the first instance that it does so. Then, as ...
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Can a player decline advantage after a foul?

In association football, after a foul, the referee lets play continue but the team benefiting from the advantage immediately stop playing anyway, either because they would rather have a free kick or ...
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Hit wicket in cricket [duplicate]

If batsman hit the ball for a six and suddenly falles on the stumps should six runes are added to his team or not?
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NBA mandatory timeout rules

From the NBA rule book, on pg. 22, there are the rules for mandatory timeouts, which state: If neither team has taken a timeout prior to 6:59 of the period, it shall be mandatory for the Official ...
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Impeding an opponent with contact : IFK or DFK ? (association football)

It says on page 3 (3rd bullet point) of this pdf document provided by IFAB that impeding the progress of an opponent with contact leads to DFK. This video on the Laws of the Game which appears to be ...
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When can a bowler start his run up? [duplicate]

In cricket, can a bowler start his run-up to the delivery before the batsman takes his stance?
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Where do fractional points in UCI ranking come from?

If you look at various UCI rankings, you often see riders that have non-integers as their rankings. For example, if you look at the current UCI World Ranking and this year's UCI World Tour rankings, ...
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Is it legal to ice your own kicker?

In the NFL a Coach can call a timeout right before the kicker kicks the ball in order to affect the kicker's chance of succeeding. In many cases, the kicker will take the kick twice, once right after ...
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How are doubles tennis players matched?

I have a few questions regarding doubles players playing together on the mens', womens' and the mixed tournaments. How are the doubles tennis players partnered up? Is this totally based on players' ...