Questions tagged [rules]

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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Penalty on punted ball goes out of bounds

Sometimes when the kicker punts the ball and it goes out of bounds, there is a penalty because ball went out of bounds and other times there is no penalty when that happens. Can someone please explain ...
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Steps allowed *while dribbling without putting the ball down?

Looking for clarification, in basketball how many steps are allowed while dribbling without putting the ball down? So in other words drag dribbles, floats, push cross, etc. According to the rules you ...
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Can a player unretire when the postseason starts who hasn’t played all season and be eligible play in the postseason

Eric Weddle unretired and is signing with the Rams for their postseason run??? I never heard or seen that in my life is it against any rules?
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Can the referee in a football match request a video review?

In pro soccer, can the referee request VAR to analyse an incident even though there is no warning from VAR to the referee?
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What procedures does the FIA take when there are thunderstorms?

For the 2022 Formula 1 Season, Miami is hosting one of two races in the USA. Miami, and Florida as a whole, has a bit of a reputation for quite severe thunderstorms, and particularly whereby sporting ...
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Does strength of victory include teams a team has tied?

In figuring the NFL's strength of victory tie-breaker, what about teams a team has tied? In other calculations, a tie is counted as half a victory.
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Offensive foul: why doesn't the basket count?

The FIBA Interpretations contain example 33-2: Example: A1 is in the air on the shot for a 3-point field goal. A1 extends his leg which contacts his defensive player B1. The interpretation is as ...
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What sports have field/equipment differences for men vs. women? [closed]

I was doing a little bit of reading about which sports use the same setup for women vs. men. For example, the WNBA uses a smaller basketball than the NBA, but the same size court, but tennis seems to ...
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Are you allowed to set the ball over the net sideways instead of forwards/backwards in indoor volleyball?

I looked through the indoor volleyball rulebook, and can't find anything on this in there, through Google, nor in any previously asked questions here. I was told many times before that you cannot ...
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What's the official term for the batting player in women's cricket?

In men's cricket, the term "batsman" or "batsmen" is used to refer to batting players - both by commentators as well as the respective cricket board score cards/commentaries. But ...
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Why TD when recovered on ½-yard line and "momentumed" to the end zone, in American football?

Why was it a touchdown in the Falcons vs. Cowboys game when a blocked punt was recovered ball on "½-yard line", but the momentum carried the player over to the end zone? The player was ...
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In F1, which tyre to start on if the "fastest time"-tyre is damaged?

During Q3, if the driver loses a tyre due to a puncture, which tyre would he start with in the race the next day? Secondly, if the pole sitter tries to improve his lap time in Q3 and while doing so ...
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In American football can it not be Illegal use of hands on the ball carrier?

It's fairly common that the defense is called for an: "Illegal use of hands - Hands to the face". But, I've seen it a couple of time now, when the ball carrier (offence) does the same thing ...
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What is the fairest point system for league table for a group friends playing a 1v1 game amongst each other every once in a while?

For context, me and my colleagues want to set up a point system for a 1v1 table tennis league table in our office which would get updated every time people play each other. We want to award points for ...
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Formula 1: How does Sprint Qualifying affect the starting grid on race day?

The 2021 F1 season introduced "Sprint Qualifying" (hereby abbreviated as "SQ") in some races as an experimental event during the race weekends (i.e. Monza and Brazil GP). SQ is ...
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Is it legal to hit a shuttlecock around the net posts in badminton?

In tennis and table tennis, it is legal to hit the ball around the net and net posts, i.e. the ball need not pass over the net as long as it gets to the legal court area on the opponent's side (...
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In uk pool red hitting yellow and sinking just the yellow [duplicate]

If you deliberately play your ball red onto an opponents ball,yellow, but only sink your opponents ball not your own. Surely bthis is a foul.
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What happens if the batsman hits the gloves of the keeper just prior to playing a shot which resulted in the shot being impeded?

What happens if the batsman hits the gloves of the keeper just prior to playing a shot which resulted in the shot being impeded? Should it be a dead ball or should any result - either a dismissal, do ...
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Runners passing each other at home base in baseball

Consider the case where bases are loaded with 1 out, and the batter gets a base hit to the right. Runners on third and second score without a throw. But the runner on third missed home while picking ...
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Is this Out or Not Out in cricket?

Is this Out or Not Out in cricket? The batsman hits the ball with his bat, and the ball then hits the fielding helmet not being worn directly, it is then caught by the fielder without the ball ever ...
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Spin ball not touched by opponent

We’re having some discussion here if an opponent is obliged to hit the ball in tabletennis before returning. I’ve hit some backspin balls which would drop just over the net on the opponents side, ...
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What is required for a football throw-in to be legal?

Is it correct for a football throw-in to be legal that: The thrower needs to be outside the playing field Both feet must be in contact with the ground The ball must be thrown from over head with both ...
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Can you interfere with the opponent's action on your side?

A player from team A makes a desperate attempt to get the ball by running on opponent's team side of the net (outside the court, I believe they are not allowed on the opponent's court?). A player from ...
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What additional tackling rules could the NFL adopt from Rugby in order to improve safety?

For many years the NFL has been changing the rules to improve player safety. How do tackling rules differ between Rugby and NFL? What additional tackling rules could the NFL adopt from Rugby in order ...
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Fair catch of a kick-off that hits the ground first

Can a player on the receiving team of a kick-off call and make a "fair catch" of the ball if the kick is squibbed down the field (i.e., it has touched the ground first and remains in the ...
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In F1 (or other motorsports), how is a lap time counted?

How is a lap time counted in Formula 1 (or other motorsports)? Does timing begin when the front, or middle, or back of the car touches the start/finish line?
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Is an infinite game possible?

Suppose that, in a football game, for whatever reason, one team wanted to prolong the game indefinitely and never reach an end. Now, suppose they had the ball, say on the 25 yard line, then they would ...
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Size of football pitches in England and European countries

I recently enjoyed watching home fixtures of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Then I thought about the size of football pitch with those played in other European top tier leagues. The ones in ...
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Why was the game replayed from first and not second serve during Medvedev-Djokovic final after music played?

During the US open final between Medvedev and Djokovic, at some point in the second set, on the 2-1 Djokovic and Medvedev serving, Medvedev missed his first serve giving Djokovic a chance to break him ...
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NHL forfeit shutouts

In the NHL, if a game is forfeited the loser gets score 0 and the winner gets 1 or higher if the game was forfeited after it started already and the winner scored more than 1 goal. All personal stats ...
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Does a team lose a review if the review was inconclusive?

Let's say for example that the bowler delivers the ball, there is a very faint edge from the batter and the catch is very close the the ground. The standing umpire gives the decision not out, as they ...
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Can a batsman decline a boundary in order to retain strike?

In a game of cricket, it is not unusual for an experienced, high quality batter to be on strike, opposite a poor, tail-end player at the non-strike end. The player on-strike will usually try to score ...
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Who will serve the opening game of a set? [duplicate]

Who will serve the opening game in set 2 after tennis player A served the first game of set 1. But tennis player B served the last game in set 1.
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Why is Olympic Archery 1-on-1 rather than all-at-once?

Background: In 100 Meter Dash or Canoeing, there is no space to let all Participants run at once, hence there are numerous qualification rounds where 10 (or a little more) Participants run and try to ...
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What strategic considerations go into passing at an attempt in events such as high jump?

So in high jump, the bar gets increasingly raised and athletes can elect to sit out a given height. I guess one reason for that is to preserve energy. But then what are the drawbacks of sitting out? ...
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Tie breaker in combined climbing

In Olympic combined climbing, the three scores are multiplied. However I want to know what happens if there is a tie. Consider the following: Climber A: 1st speed, 2nd Bouldering, 3rd lead Climber B: ...
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Who gets possession after a shot is blocked off the rim?

I was playing 3v3 today with some friends and a defender blocked the shot and the ball bounced off the rim and out of bounds. I claimed that the rim is considered part of the offense, so the defense ...
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What's the (official) motivation for requiring cars to have at least one liter of fuel post-race?

I've read in the news about the rule regarding fuel left Vettel was disqualified from second place after his car was found to have less than the mandatory one litre of fuel required for post-race ...
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Why does "rain stop play" in cricket?

Why does rain stop play in cricket? Is it because the ball will get overly wet and misshapen, or is it for players' safety as the wicket and out-field become slippy? Or some other reason?
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A player doesn't want to take a kick during kicks from the penalty mark

I happened to see the final of Women's football at Tokyo Olympics between Canada and Sweden. Since there were quite a few saves and misses during kicks from the penalty mark, I have a hypothetical ...
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What happens if 2 high jumpers do not agree on what to do if they are tied?

In the men's high jump event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the top 2 competitors were both tied after their final jump. They were given the choice of going to a jump off, or sharing the gold medal. They ...
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Race Start Procedure when everyone pits on Formation Lap

During the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, after the initial start was red-flagged due to a turn one incident, the field started their second formation lap, with all cars on intermediate-wet tyres. It ...
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In basketball, why can a team calling a timeout inbound the ball at midcourt after the timeout (effectively gaining ground for free)?

For example: Seconds left on the clock in a close game, Team A scores a basket, and Team B calls timeout. After the timeout, Team B throws in the ball from halfway up the court. What's the reasoning ...
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Can a batsman complete a run outside the 2 metre wide cricket pitch?

In hitting a potential winning run in a tied cricket match my brother's bat slipped out of his hand and over the square leg umpire's head. He did not realise that a bat is not needed to complete a run,...
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Extras players role in Cricket game

Can extras player (more than 11) in a team can play the role of a runner for a team player who is injured in a cricket test, odi or t20 game in terms of laws and rules?
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Will this be judged as a legal catch or not? Can a fielder juggle the ball outside the boundary, such that each time he touches ball, he's in the air?

Imagine, the fielder runs towards the ropes trying to stop a six, and catches the ball right near the ropes. But his momentum carries him outside the boundary. So, to stop a six, he throws it up in ...
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Batter Misses Home Plate on Home Run Appeal Process

Similar to NCAA softball game several years ago, youth baseball player hits homerun over fence and touches all bases except home plate during celebration. Player celebrates with team and gets to ...
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Can a tennis ball be in without touching the line?

[Yes, I know the ball can be in without touching the line if it’s on the inside, just couldn’t think of a better, succinct title.] Currently, the Nordea Open clay tournament is being played in Båstad, ...
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Asymmetrical real world sport

Yesterday I watched Starcraft II being played in an esports tournament and I thought: "This asymmetry between the different races really makes the game interesting! Sadly, in normal sports ...
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Is carrying the ball with your mouth legal in soccer?

I have an old deflated soccer ball that I play with my dog. Often he will give up on kicking it and pick it up with his mouth. I say this is cheating. He insists it is not. This got me thinking: If in ...

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