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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How is offside determined in football?

The offside rule on the pitch is often unclear and called suddenly. How do I know if a player is offside?
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Why is FIFA against adding instant replay to the game?

Is there any evidence or reason why FIFA is so against adding instant replay to soccer? I find myself seeing many unlucky or just plain wrong decisions made by refs that could be corrected with ...
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Does the batsman get runs on No ball when the team requires only 1 run to win?

Suppose, A batsman is on strike with 98 runs. The scores are level so the batting team requires only 1 run to win. Now suppose in the next ball, the bowler bowls a No ball and the batsman hits FOUR or ...
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In 8-ball, do I win if I shoot in the 8 ball and my last ball in the same shot?

If I am able to shoot in the 8-ball and my last object ball in a single shot and I call the 8 ball in a pocket, do I win? Does the order in which the 2 balls leave the table matter?
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Why was offside introduced, and are there reasons for keeping it?

The offside rule in football ( How is offside determined in soccer?) is the source of a large amount of goal-related controvesy, and is argued by some to diminish the entertainment value of the game. ...
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Are players allowed to pass a penalty kick?

I saw a video of Johann Cruyff passing a penalty kick, isn't that against the rules?
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Is a match forfeit always scored as 3-0 regardless of situation?

A match forfeit is usually scored as a 3-0 loss to the team forfeiting the game. But, could a team use this to your advantage by forfeiting a game in which they could potentially lose by more? For eg:...
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Is it legal to throw an alley-oop to yourself in a real game?

In this video, a college basketball player steals the ball, races down court, and avoids the defender by throwing a pass to himself off the backboard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...
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Who is run out if both batsmen are out of their grounds?

See following image. Who is Run-out? A is crossed the crease and B is crossed half of the pitch. Run-out happening in B's side. Then who is out? A or B?
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How are the age restrictions followed by ICC for under 19 cricket tournaments?

I have some doubts under this topic, Can a player aged 19 play under 19 international cricket match? (Since 19 is not under 19) Consider a player having birthday during the series/tournament. How the ...
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Do the laws of cricket allow running on the last ball, even after winning?

Say, teamA score is 368 (369 to win), and teamB is batting at 368 (or 366). One run (or 3 runs) will make them win. The batsman hits the ball for a six, so score is 374 (or 372) which is more than the ...
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Who wins a league (EPL) if two teams have the same number of points? [duplicate]

Is there any rule defined by UEFA or FIFA? If more teams have the same number of points in a league after the finishing game, what is the rule to declare a winner?? Were there any rule updates by ...
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In volleyball when is it considered “Reaching over the net”?

In volleyball, when is it considered "reaching over the net"? If my team serves, and the other team passes it close to the net, and I am front row. Can I reach over and kill it? What about if just ...
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What constitutes a legal block in volleyball in regard to it not counting as the first hit?

Today in a match the setter set the ball too low for me to spike it, so I just dinked it over. The bottom of the ball was lower than the top of the net at the point where I made contact. When the ...
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Qualification decision in group stages when everything is equal

Consider a football (soccer) tournament has a group stage, where for example teams are divided into groups of four and the first and second teams will qualify to the next round. If all games end with ...
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Walking the ball across the line for a goal

On occasion you see sometimes players try this tactic where they squeeze the ball between two feet and hop across the goal line in an attempt to score. This is usually kids learning the game or adults ...
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Is it a goal if, during kicks from the penalty mark, the ball goes outside the penalty area and then into the goal?

If, during kicks from the penalty mark, the ball hits the goalpost and lobs outside the penalty area and then returns back into the goal without touching any player, will it be considered a goal or ...
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How the Net RunRate for each team is calculated in IPL?

A team's net run rate is calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team throughout the season, the average runs per over scored against that team throughout the season. ...
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How detailed is penalty kick encroachment in football

The laws of the game prohibit encroaching on a penalty kick whether it is an attacking player or defending player. The keeper is supposed to remain on the line until the kick is taken but in practice ...
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Can a soccer player steal the ball while the goalkeeper bounces it on the ground?

When the ball is being bounced by the goalkeeper from his hands and a player steals it without touching the goalkeeper (while the goalkeeper is not touching the ball) and scores, is it legal or not? ...
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One-point safety by defending team

I learned about the conversion safety today, where an NCAA team attempting an extra point can get a one-point safety if the kick is blocked but the defending team takes the ball into the endzone and ...
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Which offences result in indirect free kicks?

If a player commits a direct free kick offence in their own penalty area, this results in a penalty kick instead of a direct free kick. However, if the offence is an indirect free kick offence, it ...
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Is there offside when the ball deflects off an opponent?

I was refereeing a 10 year old's junior game today and this situation happened. The home team's defender attempted to pass from their own half to their forward who was in an offside position beyond ...
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What are the most common 8-ball rules professionals play by?

There must be some sort of agreed upon general rules, which most professionals are accustomed to when competing internationally. The only set of rules I've crossed were (APA) American Pool ...
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Does stoppage time actually equal all non-playing time during a half?

After every half during a football (soccer) game, the refs add stoppage time to the clock to compensate for lost time due to injuries and penalties. But how closely does stoppage time equal real game ...
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What actions are taken by FIFA/UEFA against what's known as filming or diving

It seems to me that modern football is suffering from the kind of unsportsmanly behavior of diving which became all the more common, perhaps with the recent success of southern European teams/nations. ...
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FIFA World Cup 2014 Tie Breaker Rules: “Between the teams concerned”?

Here is the rule for the ranking of the teams in the Group Stage of the World Cup, from Article 41 of the Regulations, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (PDF): The ranking of each team in each group shall ...
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Can a player receive two yellow cards if advantage is played?

If a football player A fouls player B in a manner such that they will receive a yellow card, but the referee plays the advantage rule, and subsequently player A fouls another player, can the referee ...
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Is it legal to dribble above shoulder height?

I heard that while dribbling the ball, if the ball rises above shoulder level then it is a turnover. I don't have any idea about this rule.
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Is hiding the ball allowed in football?

Imagine all our football team except one player form a tight circle, with our hands on the shoulders of the people next to us. Inside the circle there is the eleventh person with the ball. The whole "...
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What do careless, reckless and excessive force mean when referring to fouls?

In Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct) of the IFAB Laws of the Game, it states that: A direct free kick is awarded if a player commits any of the following offences against an opponent in a manner ...
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Cricket ground specifications

Is it necessary that an International cricket ground should has the boundary line in circle shape?Is it allowed by ICC to make it a square or ellipse or any other? What is the minimum and maximum area ...
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How can a country be eligible to participate in any sport in the Olympics?

How can a country be eligible to participate in any sport in the Olympics? Do they have to play any qualifying rounds? Or they can be eligible by its ranking (if applicable)? Or is there any other way ...
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What are reaching fouls in the NBA?

When a player tries to steal the ball from a dribbling player, the referees sometimes award a "reaching foul". I just can't see any difference between a steal and a foul
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Confusion on offside rule

While watching the Liverpool vs Manchester United Premier League game in January 2020, I got confused on the offside rule when Salah scored a goal. Salah was well offside when Allison passed the ball ...
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Rules for hat-trick while bowling

I define a hat-trick as "three successes of the same kind". If a bowler bowls a wide ball/dead ball in between consecutive wickets ie, W W Wd W Will it be a hat-trick wicket? What about the ...
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Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40?

Tennis scoring goes 15-30-40-game. Why 40? Why not 45? What is the meaning of the points being given in tennis as 15-30-40-game? What is the history of this scoring calculation?
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What is the maximum number of red cards that a referee can give in a football match?

What is the greatest possible number of red cards that a referee can give in a football match? Does such a limit even exist? If so, does it vary from league to league and tournament to tournament?
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Are Masters 1000 tournaments mandatory for top ranked players?

I have read somewhere that top ranked players must play every Masters 1000 tournament, meaning that they are mandatory for top players. My question is: Suppose a top ranked player does not play one ...
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Two dismissals off a single ball

Is it possible to dismiss both batsmen off the same delivery (i.e., by a catch and a run out)? If the ball touched the lower end of the bat, edged up and touched the bat again, will it be given out? ...
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Is it a catch/dismissal

Will the batsman be dismissed as caught is each of the below scenario: If the ball hits the arm pad of the batsman and is caught by the fielder. If the ball hits the leg pad first, then hits the bat ...
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How is the Net Run Rate calculated in ICC World Twenty 20 events?

I have some doubts regarding net run rate in the ongoing ICC world twenty 20 2014 event.It takes a while to read so please don't hesitate and give me a solution regarding this. My doubt is that in ...
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What are the criteria for wins, losses, and saves in MLB?

I've read the rules for determining Wins, Losses and Saves for pitchers, and I've never been able to make heads or tails of it. Is there an easier way to explain it?
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Can you hit a football when the goalkeeper is touching it?

When the ball is on the ground and goalkeeper has put a hand on top of the ball, can the attacker hit the ball away from under the goalkeeper's hand? The goalkeeper just got to the ball. They aren't ...
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Football Field Size

Just the other day I was talking to a colleague and he was telling me soccer fields can differ in size, up to 20 meters in width. Can somebody give me the exact word on this?
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Why does one player on a volleyball team wear a different jersey?

Why does one player on a volleyball team have a different color jersey than the rest of the teammates? I notice that this player only plays on the back row and never plays in the front row, and that ...
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When can a goalkeeper take the ball into their hands?

A goalkeeper cannot handle the ball if a teammate passes ball to them. But can the goalkeeper take the ball into their hands if it is deflected from the leg? Also, can they take the ball in their ...
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Sinking cue ball after the 8 ball in pool

When I designate the pocket I'm putting the 8-ball and I am successful and then follow it in with the cue ball - do I still win?
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What makes Stealing Signs wrong?

Edit: I originally asked this question in 2016. This was before the scandals of the Astros and Red Sox came to light, where the teams allegedly used devices such as cameras, smartwatches, and trash ...
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Is it a runout if both the batsmen have reached the same end and at the same end the stump is broken?

The situation is as below: -------|---------------------------- | stump |batsmen2 broken|batsmen1 here | -------|---------------------------- Is it a runout in the above situation?