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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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Rule for stopping / starting the clock when running out of bounds with the football in NFL & NCAA

What are the rules and are they the same in NCAA and NFL when it comes to stopping and starting the game clock when a player runs out of bounds with the football. What I have found out is that ...
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Have they ever tried American Football without stoppages between downs? [closed]

Many Rugby fans feel while watching American Football, that the fact that play stops and resets between each Down is frustrating and slow, and that a more free-flowing game would be preferable and ...
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Does your partner have to also be behind the line when serving in pickleball?

This question is really just to confirm what I've read in the rules or really what is not specifically written in the rules... USAPA rules state the following: 4.L. Service Foot Faults. During the ...
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Is a hard slap to the basketball a foul?

If player A has control of the basketball and begins his two-step run at a lay-up within the painted area, and Player B (defender) slaps the basketball hard as Player A goes by, is this a foul by ...
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Why is racquet abuse banned in tennis?

I am wondering what is the reason a player is not allowed to damage their racquet on purpose, assuming they have another to play with. I can see why such behaviour would be discouraged, but why is ...
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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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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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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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In Soccer, can it be a foul even if the player gets to the ball first?

There is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic, both from media and from fans. For example, in the 2014 World Cup, Gonzalo Higuain was hit pretty hard by Manuel Neuer (with his knee), but no ...
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Yellow card or direct red card for an offense that happened 10 minutes ago?

Can a football referee show a yellow card or a direct red card for an offense happened ten minutes ago, simply because they realise that they gave an incorrect decision for not showing the card for ...
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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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Question about basketball traveling

I have a question about the play at 6:46 when Pippen seems to do a little pass to himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_tz29TWNdM Here does it again here at 3:23, https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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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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What happens if a player who has been cautioned during the match gets a second yellow card while kicks from the penalty mark are being taken?

I know you could be tempted to say that the player must be sent-off, but Law 12 says the following (Law 12.3): A player, substitute or substituted player who commits any of the following offences ...
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Is it legal in racket sports to pass the racket from one hand to the other?

Can you hit with different hands during the same point? set? match? Also, is racket throwing authorised?
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Can you hop on 1 leg twice when you have gathered the ball in basketball?

If you have the ball gathered on 1 foot, I know you can jump and land on both feet at the same time and that it is a valid play (Jump Stop). What happens if you gather the ball on 1 foot, then jump ...
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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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Outdoor Volleyball: Is overhand contact with fingers on a serve legal?

Which USAV Outdoor Volleyball Rules regulate the action of receiving a serve overhand with fingers? This is a contentious topic where I play. I found a rule that allows double contact even when ...
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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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Is there a minimum number of players needed on the field in the NFL?

In the 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 win the ...
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Free ball off a foul at the break

On the break, all red balls are missed and the cue ball rolls back to the baulk area. Is it a free ball, since all reds are in the original start position and you cannot see both sides of any red?
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Why are cars allowed to unlap themselves during safety car period?

As FIA indicates in Article 39.12 (sporting regulations 2017), lapped cars may unlap themselves once cars were lined up behind the safety car. 39.12 If the clerk of the course considers it safe to ...
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Can all penalties be declined in American Football?

I saw some highlights from an NFL game the other day (I think it was Detroit's 22-21 comeback win against Atlanta) and the presenter said they won the game with a field goal. Their first attempt at ...
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Is a "switch bowling" action legal in cricket?

In the current era of cricket, we see batsmen using switch hits to play a ball. That is, while playing a ball they change their batting side (left to right handed and vice versa) just before the ball ...
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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 differences are there between the XFL rules of today and the rules of XFL past?

As the title states - I know XFL was a league in the past, with rule differences between them and the NFL. I see the list of XFL/NFL rule differences of the current XFL league exist here, but I'm ...
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Is there any rule regarding how quickly a substituted player must leave the field?

It's common for football players that are being substituted to "gain some time" by walking slowly out of the field, when it is in their team's benefit. Referees tend to tell them to hurry up,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why don't we have free hit in Test Cricket?

Why free hit is not there in the Test Cricket? In Twenty-20 matches, when a bowler bowls no ball (overstepping with front foot or back foot) then next delivery is free hit, but in the Test matches ...
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When shooting the 8-ball, can it bounce off another ball into a pocket if it is called?

If I am shooting the 8-ball for a win, and my opponent has a ball near the pocket I'm aiming for, can I call something like "8-ball off the 2 ball into the corner pocket"? I thought this was allowed, ...
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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 happens if a team walks off the field during a football match?

On the weekend an altercation between a referee and a play led to their team leaving the pitch. 21 minutes into the game our team was up 1-0 when allegedly the referee said to a player that he was a "...
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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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How is it decided in hockey which team wears white or colored jersey?

I occasionally watch hockey games, and sometimes, the home team wears the colored jersey, sometimes it is the away team. This rule seems to change from time to time, so as a casual viewer it is not ...
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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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What parts of an F1 car are mandatory per rules?

I really wonder, so if I would try to make the simplest, most stripped down but still legal F1 car, what parts are absolutely needed? I'm gonna guess the halo, safety cell and 4 tires are mandatory, ...
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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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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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In La Liga or the Premier League, can you contest a yellow card after the game and take it off?

As the title suggest, anyone know if a yellow card can be contested in either La Liga or the English Premier League and taken off ? If they can, are there limits as to how many can be contested?
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Are there official Formula One rules regarding apex disputes, faults in passing and the like?

Is there any official rule book for racing in Formula 1 to determine who's at fault in a racing incident, who has the apex/exit etc? I'm aware there's one describing other things like pit stops, ...
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In Rugby, is it permitted to try to "save" a penalty? (Or conversion)

In Rugby (Union but I'd be interested in the answer for League as well), if a player is taking a penalty kick at goal, let's say the ball is coming down and it looks to be just about to clear the ...
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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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