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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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Black Ball: Can a player win a game by first hitting an opponents ball on a free shot?

In a game where where player 1 is on black and player 2 still has balls remaining on the table. Given the scenarios where player 2 commits a foul giving player 1 a free shot, then on that free shot ...
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If during a struggle defender crosses the line but raider does not then the raider is declared out or not?

In Kabaddi, if a raider goes into struggle and while tackling the raider a defender enters the opponent team's court and raider some how is tackled by the defenders then the raider is declared out or ...
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Is the runner hit by the ball out or safe?

Here is the situation we experienced in Little League baseball: The bases are loaded and the batter hits the ball down the third base line. All the base runners advance and score. But as the batter ...
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What are the pass interference rules on a quarterback throwing a pass to self?

This may be a bit unanswerable but seeing if the community can come up with any historical conversations or rules. We have a quarterback boot we put into the playbook. The wide receivers are trips ...
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Illegal Stick Rule In NHL

The illegal stick rule has cobwebs on it. When was the last time a team was penalized for it, due to its blade being curved too much? Who were the teams? Back in the day some teams had a great eye for ...
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Can a linebacker make contact with a receiver before a pass is thrown to him?

I know this is a simple question, but in a cover 3 defense where the outside linebacker has the Curl/Flat zone, can the OLB make contact with a receiver on a flat before a ball is passed? I’m in 8th ...
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Is there a [possible] scenario in which the first run counts but the next one does not?

While brushing up on "third out, run counts" rules and "fourth outs" the following came to my mind: With 1 out could a scenario arise where one runner comes in, run counts, and second runner comes in,...
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Forward tees for men/women

When men and women are both playing forward tee box and using handicap strokes do you use the one below it which says (women’s) difficulty on the card for both men and women, since that is the actual ...
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Inbound basketball passed outside the court, then dribbled in

I was watching a local college basketball game last night (SSAC) and saw something I really don’t understand, so I thought I would do some research. I’ve come up empty so far. The opposing team was ...
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Will the club finishing 4th in the EPL go to any European competition if clubs from 5 to 8 win corresponding titles granting European qualification?

Starting the 2018/19 season there will be a new distribution rules in the Champions League (CL) and Europa League (EL). CL and EL winners will get automatic spot in group stages. The new rule states ...
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Why was Sisco's 9th inning bunt vs the Minnesota Twins a bad play?

After a game on the 1st April 2018, the Minnesota Twins are making a big deal of the fact that Baltimore Orioles catcher bunted in the 9th inning to get on base when his team was down 7-0. I'm having ...
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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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Is this a held ball (which should have led to a jump ball)?

Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxY47I-pc-Q Greg Anthony (the commentator) is quite insistent that this should have been a jump ball. But it looks to me that the ball was not in Hibbert'...
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What happens when my opponent sinks the black ball by hand?

If my opponent sinks the black ball by their hand, do I win or carry on playing?
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Can I return a squash serve on the volley?

When my opponent is serving in squash, if I want to return the serve, can I volley this ball back to them? That is, without the ball hitting the floor (opponent serves > front wall > I volley the ball ...
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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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How is par score used in any variants of Stableford competition?

I have seen some golf scoring systems that show the players' score in relation to par during Stableford competitions. How is this calculated? The point of Stableford is to not worry about the number ...
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Penalty for interfering with the path of the cue ball?

In snooker, what is the penalty for interfering with the path of the cue ball? I assume it must be more than 7 points because let's say a player hits a shot and he sees the cue ball heading for the ...
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offside interpretation in soccer. Deflection of a back pass by a forward that hits defender and deflects instead forward

The ball goes forward to an attacker who is re-entering from an off side position. The attacker gains control, turns and shoots toward goal. Is the play to be diss allowed for an offside pass?
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Why wouldn't the #1 ranked boxer be able to fight and claim a relinquished champion title?

In the show Hajime no Ippo the person ranked #1 in Japan challenges the Japanese champion for the belt but loses. Immediately afterwards, the champion relinquishes his title to pursue the world ...
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If the bowler has exhausted his quota of bouncers for an over, is the batsman out if he nicks a bouncer and gets caught?

In all forms of cricket, the number of bouncers per over is limited. For example, quoting from the current One Day International playing conditions: 41.6.1.5 A fast short-pitched delivery is ...
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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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Can the kicker alter the shape of the football before a kickoff, say by banging the tips on the ground?

During the Chiefs-Broncos game in December 2017, I notice that the Chiefs' kicker banged the tips of the football on the ground before placing it in the kick stand, thus altering the shape of the ...
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what happened if the player do not touch home plate?

The batter hits a home run and rounds the bases without touching home plate. His teammates surround and touch him and he takes his helmet off and is halfway to the dugout when the fans and his couch ...
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Can code violations be overturned?

When Serena Williams was awarded her third code violation during the recently concluded US Open Finals against Naomi Osaka, US Open Referee Brian Earley and WTA Supervisor Donna Kelso were also called ...
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Is this bat with shiny substance consistent with pine tar legal?

According to the MLB Rules, 3.02(c): The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or ...
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MLB tiebreaker: 1977

What were the tie-breaker procedures back in the 1970's in case 3 American League teams were tied for their division lead at season's end?
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Is there any reason why you get 4 points for a win and 2 for a draw in AFL

Is there some way you can get 1 point or 3 points for a match? If not, it appears to be easier to do the standard 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 for a loss. Is there some historical reason ...
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What are the obstruction rules in squash?

I've been struggling to find anywhere that speaks in detail of the rules of obstruction in squash. How close does the player have to be to the squash ball for it to be considered obstruction? Is it ...
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Can a player re-spot a color ball even if the referee intends to do so?

I was just watching a UK Championship game and came across a rare incident. Mark Williams potted the yellow after the last red. The referee should have re-spotted the yellow, but he forgot. Then ...
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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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Are there any specific rules regarding rematch in basketball?

The FIBA Official Rules 2014 gives instructions on how to file protests. However, I could not find any specific rules regarding ordering a rematch due to protests. Can anyone please clarify?
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What are the qualifications needed for dressage judges?

At the international highest level of dressage (Grand Prix), what are the qualifications a judge has to have in order to qualify as a judge?
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Can a let become a stroke after a 360° turn?

It is well known that if a player turns 360 degrees to hit the ball at the back wall then they may call a let for safety reasons, or play on and risk a stroke against them if they hit the opponent. ...
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What is the minimum age to play under 19, under 16 and under 14 cricket?

We'd a discussion about maximum age for playing under 19 cricket. What is the minimum age to play under 19, under 16 and under 14 cricket?
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Do the official USAV rules for mixed volleyball require all rotations to be same gender?

I am playing in a mixed league, and they state that if a team has more than 6 people, they can use a rotation substitution, but that A player must substitute for the same gender (i.e. men sub for ...
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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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Are men allowed to compete in underwear or only shorts in Olympics marathon?

In Olympics marathon race, are men allowed to run by wearing only underwear, or underwear can only be worn by women while racing?
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How many horses are allowed to run a single race?

What is the maximum number of horses permitted to run a race in the United Kingdom? Is it different in the USA, or Australia?
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NRL (Australia) Rugby - Touching Ball Near Try Line

I have just started watching League and Union Rugby and have been trying to familiarize myself with the rules. While watching this evening's NRL match between the Storm and Cowboys, a cowboys player ...
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Is protest considered as Unsportsmanlike Conduct in tennis?

ITF Senior Regulation define Unsportsmanlike Conduct as: Any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the Sport, but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on‐...
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How many teams can participate in EuroLeague from one country?

Five Spanish teams are going to participate in the 2017-2018 EuroLeague season. That results from "A license" holders, EuroCup champion and Spanish league (Liga ACB) champion. What happens if more ...
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Basketball Rule: Reach in with contact but get ball first

I've never really played in official basketball leagues with refs, only pickup games really. I come from a very heavy soccer background where if I get ball first then the players body its a legal ...
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Does Naseem Hamed violate the Marquess of Queensberry Rules in this video?

Rule four of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules: If either man fall through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, ten seconds be allowed to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to ...
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Why have the vertically passed air gates been abolished?

In the past (up until the new 2014 season) a Red Bull Air Race track consisted of 3 different kinds of gates, requiring different fly through procedures: Pylon pairs to be flewn through horizontally. ...
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After a score, does other team have to touch behind the baseline in basketball?

This can be seen nightly on any game in the NBA. After Team A scores a basket, a player from Team B goes to inbound the ball. I have played basketball up to a high school level. From my ...
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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' ...