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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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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What does "step" mean in FIBA traveling rule?

Here is the part of FIBA rule 25.2.1 about travelling: A player who catches the ball while he is progressing, or upon completion of a dribble, may take two steps in coming to a stop, passing or ...
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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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Why are let speeds not shown at Wimbledon?

Annoyingly located in the far corner of many tv tennis courts (right where it very often ends up out of frame or behind the chair umpire when watching on tv) is a display that shows the speed of the ...
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When did basketball change the rule so that games end when the clock hits 0.0 instead of when the buzzer sounds?

I remember there was a time when the NBA and/or college basketball's rule on buzzer beaters was that the shot would count as long as the ball left the shooter's hand before the buzzer sounded. It didn'...
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In Kabbadi how much time does a raider have after being captured by a defender to escape?

If a raider is caught by defenders, but crosses the line after 10 seconds, does he earn a point?
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Recording players stats [duplicate]

England's final ODI was abandoned, do the players stats still get put on the record during the time that was played.
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Is stoppage time always followed in football?

If a team is winning by a cricket score in football, is stoppage time always played? Or can a referee put an end to it early?
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Who is the best loser at a knock out tournament between a 2:2 and a 0:0 [duplicate]

It was a top 6. First match a team lost 3:2 on penalties after 0:0 score at regulation time. The other one lost 4:3 and the other one lost 4:3 on penalties after 2:2 draw on regulation time Who is the ...
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In Basketball, if the ball goes through the hoop and net twice in one shot, how many points?

I've just seen a video where a player shoots the basketball during a game. The ball initially enters the hoop and passes completely through the net. However the net flicks the ball in a way that sends ...
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Can a player be part of a team's backroom staff during a tournament?

In England, as part of the build-up to the Euro 2020 (2021) tournament, there has been much discussion between fans about the inclusion of both Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire - who have either ...
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Fouls by the goalkeeper when in possession of the ball

Is the ball considered to be in play or out of play when the goalkeeper has possession? What should be the restart if the goalkeeper commits a foul/misconduct when he has the ball in his hands?
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What does Offside means in soccer? [duplicate]

I am a long time baseball fan and now I am learning about soccer/football. When I am watching soccer on TV and there is a soccer player that has the ball running away from a defender. If the player ...
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Baseball rules interpretation [duplicate]

Bases loaded ball hit to the third baseman who attempts eventually tags the runner going to third for the 3rd out, but the runner on 3rd scores before he is tagged. Does the run count?
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In the NBA, do you get a free throw if you are fouled by the buzzer?

What happens if an NBA player gets fouled right when the shot clock ends, and he gets the and 1. Would he be able to shoot the free throw? Do the referees base this on game point, or just don't do it?
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What is an improper batter?

I'm a first time little league coach, and this came up in my second game: who is an improper (out-of-order) batter? To keep things simple and fair for my kids, I kept the same batting order from game ...
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What is the ruling on a dropped third strike and first base being unoccupied because a runner is stealing?

If a runner is stealing the second base, and the catcher drops a third strike is first base considered occupied or can the batter run to first and be safe?
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In badminton, how do invasion and obstruct interact chronologically?

This question is somewhat theoretical in nature since I’ve never seen it actually happen, but I just saw an instance that came very, very close, and I wondered what would have been done if it had ...
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Can a player deliberately foul in a red if a color is on?

There is a rare situation in snooker where it would seem a player should deliberately foul. That is when a player is ahead by the points on the table and has a difficult-to-pot color but easy red in ...
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Can a runner touch a dead ball?

Runner is on 3rd base. Batter in the box hits a foul ball on the ground down (so now it's a dead ball) the first base line. The first base coach bends down and tosses it to the pitcher. The pitcher ...
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Is it against the rules to fly in the NBA?

If someone were to miraculously develop the super power to fly (say they could hover up to 1000 feet and swiftly move in three dimensions) would any rules as currently defined by the NBA prevent the ...
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In tennis how to find out the service side in the middle of the game?

I am new to tennis, both as a viewer and a player. I hope this is not the wrong place to ask a beginner question. So what happens is, after serving the ball I am too invested in the game and I don't ...
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Batter stepping over first base

With no runners on bases, the batter hits a ball to the short-stop. The batter steps over first base without making contact with it. The first baseman drops the ball and never had possession. Knowing ...

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