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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Is the ball live or dead when it bounces off a downed player's helmet?

In college football, is the ball considered live or dead if it hasn’t hit the ground but bounces off the helmet of a downed player?
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Six or fielder has saved the six [duplicate]

If a fielder jumps from outside the boundary rope to save Six, while he was in air. Would it be six or fielder has save the six?
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Derrick Henry forward fumble into end zone

During Sunday's game (November 27, 2022, 2022 Week 12) between the Cincinnati and Tennessee, Derrick Henry fumbled the ball forward where it was recovered in the end zone by fellow Titan Treylon Burks ...
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Soccer Goal Rule Special Case [duplicate]

What happens when a striker kicks the ball towards the goal, and on its way the ball collides against another player just enough so that it’s path changes and a goal is still scored. Who does the goal ...
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how to serve (start of the rally) prediction in table tennis

I am working on a problem where I need to find the moment of service (start of the rally) in a table tennis game. start and end of a rally in a game - the moment when a player serves the ball and the ...
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Rule on runner safe at home interfering with thrown ball lodged under him

Little league game (15U): Fewer than 2 outs. A ball is batted into infield. A runner from 3B goes home and slides head/hands first just as a fielder throws the ball to the catcher. The throw is low ...
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Second power play when only ten fielders are present

‎In a T20 match, if a fielding side has only ten players present on the field (either through injury or breaks, without bringing in a substitute), how many players can field outside the 30 yard circle ...
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How far can a player throwing a soccer ball inbounds run along the sideline?

Watching Bundesliga or Premier League from time to time I will see a player inbounding the ball, and running along the sideline. There does not seem to be a restriction, but surely there must be. ...
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Vnea 8ball pool league

It's my turn to shoot and the cue ball is touching one of my object balls is it legal for me to hit that ball straight on or does it have to be hit at an angle and what angle should it be hit at and ...
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Runner missed bag on first and is tagged on second

The ball is hit to right center field, the runner misses first base while rounding it and goes on to be safe at second. We tell the umpire about the missed base, and instruct our player to tag them on ...
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Can an outfield player substitute for a goalkeeper? [duplicate]

In the game of soccer, I was wondering, if I were a player on the outfield, would it be possible for me to substitute for the goalkeeper?
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When Does An Unappealed Illegal Run Become Legal?

Visitors are down by one run in the top of the ninth with one out and runners on second and third bases. The batter hits a scorching line-drive down the right-field line. The runner on third comes ...
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How would the grid be determined if free practice and qualifying weren't held?

F1 uses a qualifying system in order to determine the starting positions of the drivers before the race. Also, at certain tracks, a sprint race is used to determine the order. I know that if Q3 cannot ...
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What will happen to an F1 team if they exceed the budget cap for a season?

Recently, there were news regarding the Red Bull team where they may have exceeded the budget cap for the 2021 season. I believe that this case is still under investigation. What would happen to the ...
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Can an outfielder leave the ballpark?

I was watching a baseball game and saw the outfielder partially climb the wall in the outfield to try and rob a homerun. This made me wonder: can an outfielder climb over the outfield fence and stand ...
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Can a defender legally carry a receiver out of bounds?

If a receiver makes a jumping sideline catch, I take it, it's legal for a defender to push him out of bounds, once the catch is made. What if the defender catches the receiver before he got both feet ...
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How many genders are recognized in IQA Quddtich?

The 2020-2021 rulebook (which is apparently the current one) of the International Quidditch Association (IQA) provides a "gender maximum rule": 1.2.3. Gender maximum rule A. A team may not ...
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Offside behind the goalkeeper [duplicate]

Found this video on facebook where a goal was cancelled because there was offside behind the goalkeeper. I don't know whether the video was fake or not. What is the rule of this situation?
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How should this be ruled?

Little league baseball. No outs runners on 2nd and 3rd. Batter hits fly ball to outfield that is caught, runner from 3rd doesn’t tag up and crosses home plate. Runner from 3rd heads into the dugout. ...
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In tennis how to call a service ball close to the intersection of the service lines

What happens in tennis when a ball hits the 'service line' but you are unsure if it also touched the 'central service line' to call it in? For example in the drawing the player serving must throw the ...
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Can, and do, Formula 1 driver contracts forbid transferring to a competitor?

Suppose that after 2023, Mercedes did not renew Lewis Hamilton's contract. Could Hamilton go to another main team such as Red Bull or Ferrari as a driver? Can F1 driver contracts forbid transferring ...
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How are bad-acting umpires dealt with in baseball? And what happens to the games they umpired for?

I was surprised to learn that, according to Rule 8.02a, umpires basically have free rein to make calls. My question is: If an umpire consistently makes verifiably wrong calls, or is overly aggressive (...
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6 players on the court during free throw

A team had six players on the court during the first of two free throws. The extra player was removed before the second free throw attempt. Is this a technical violation or was the time during the ...
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How are broken bats dealt with in baseball (MLB in particular)

If the batter Bob hits a pitch, and his bat breaks on the hit, how is that dealt with? In particular, I'm concerned with 4 scenarios: the broken piece of the bat just flies off, apparently affecting ...
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Rules about/against runners interracting with the ball in baseball?

Say Bob is up to bat, Peter is pitching, and Ryan is a runner on 1st base (part of Bob's team). Scenario #1: If Bob the batter hits the ball into Ryan the runner, what happens? Is Ryan out, or do ...
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Is it considered caught if the ball hits the handle of the bat and is caught?

Is it considered caught out if the cricket ball hits the handle of the bat and nothing else and the ball is subsequently caught?
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Who will put on last of the grid if many drivers get back grid penalty in F1?

At the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix, six drivers are due to start at the back of the grid due to power unit penalties. So, these drivers will occupy places P15 to P20 on the grid. How is it determined ...
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Was there ever a rule requiring diagonal serve in table tennis singles games?

When I was a kid (born in the mid-70s, in Sweden) and we played (for fun), we required that the serve was diagonal in a table tennis singles game. I've spoken to people all over Europe that applied ...
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What happens when a soccer player intentionally catches the ball with their hands in front of the goal?

With the defending player not being but acting like a goalkeeper, and assuming the ball would have clearly gone in otherwise. Can the referee award a goal in this case, even if the ball didn't go in?
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Can a player touch the line while the ball is landing - Outdoor Volleyball (Beach or Grass)

Scenario: The ball is heading towards a boundary line and the player is chasing it down. The player contacts the line boundary line and the line moves at the same time the ball lands. Typical example, ...
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How to legally obstruct regular play in a football match [duplicate]

In the last few minutes of the final of the Women's European Championship in 2022, the English team, who were leading 2-1, effectively obstructed regular play by retreating into a corner and making it ...
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Is this a Little League balk?

My friend is a Little League coach. His team was in the field. There was a runner on third. The pitcher intentionally did not step on the rubber. He then faked a pitch to home and threw the runner ...
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in cricket, is it a no-ball if the batsman advances down the wicket and meets fulltoss ball above his waist

Can the umpire call it a no-ball if batsman advances down the wicket and meets a fulltoss ball above his waist.
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How should a play where the batter-runner misses first base on a double be scored?

The batter hits a fly ball double to center, but the runner does not touch first. The defense appeals and the batter is out 8-4-1-3. How is the play scored? As a single with an out advancing, or just ...
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Why do MLB announcers consider the current stadium for ground rule doubles?

I believe, in earlier days of professional baseball, each stadium had their own set of ground rules. This is true today and can be seen in Tropicana Stadium, as there are specific guidelines for when ...
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In volleyball, is spiking off the blockers head considered a touch?

So, I know a block is considered a contact made close to and above the net. That being said, I was playing and my teammate spiked the ball through and touching a blockers arms (above the net) and ...
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Who is at fault when fielder uses gloves?

In one incident : Pakistan captain Babar was found guilty of 'illegal fielding' after he handled a ball using wicket-keeping gloves It seems that the wicket-keep intentionally dropped his gloves to ...
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Is it possible for a batter to be at bat twice in a row?

Is there any situation that makes it possible for a single player to have two consecutive at bats for their team? I was imagining this could happen by the batter getting on base, and then being ...
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Is women's tennis the only sport which is shorter than men?

Women's soccer is played for 2 halves at 45 minutes with 15 minute break in between, just like men https://yoursoccerhome.com/how-long-is-a-womens-soccer-game/ Yet, men have to play best of 5 sets in ...
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Can a NFL player play for two different NFL teams in the same post season?

Let's say Julio Jones got released right after the 2022 playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals. Would Julio Jones be able to go play for the Kansas City Chiefs one week ...
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Non-moving attacker exception to the offside rule; what is it? When was it implemented?

I didn't know there is an exception for offside for attackers if one does not retrieve or attempt to retrieve the ball, move towards it, or move at all while another attacker receives it (or not) ...
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Can the bails be kept in the hands when a wicketkeeper attempts a stumping?

If the wicketkeeper removes the bails, but keeps them in their hands, is it out or not? Do the bails have to land on the ground or can they remain off the ground once removed?
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Is dribbling off your body and then continuing to dribble legal in basketball?

In basketball, it is illegal to touch the ball with both hands between dribbles. However, when a player is dribbling and a dribble bounces off their waist or knee and bounces on the floor, is it ...
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2 outs with bases loaded, runner misses second

This happened the other day in a game I was watching. There were 2 outs with the bases loaded. The batter hit ball over the left fielder's head. He reached the 3rd base, and 3 runs scored. The ...
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Does an out made after a failure to tag up count as a force out?

Consider the following play: There are runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. The batter hits a line out to center for the second out. The runner on 3rd tags up correctly and crosses home plate. The ...
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Is a ball that bounces in fair territory and is then touched by a fielder in foul territory fair or foul?

I hit a short pop fly on the infield, the ball landed in fair territory and bounced foul; before it hit the ground in foul territory a infielder touched it. Is this a fair or foul ball?
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Is the runner on safe if the the fielder steps on the bag before him?

Consider this case. Runner's on first, batter hits ground ball and reaches first base safely. Runner on first advances to second, but fielder steps on the bag before him. Is the Runner safe or out?
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In basketball, is one allowed to purposefully get the ball out-of-bounds off an opponent?

Imagine the scenario of "accidentally" dribbling the ball into an opponent's foot, and the ball gets kicked out of bounds. Or, in an even more extreme case, "passing" (or throwing) ...
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Why do combat sports use weight classes, but not other sports?

It seems obvious why there are weight classes in combat sports - bigger fighters have an advantage over smaller ones. But it also seems obvious that some physical attributes confer an advantage in ...
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change of refereeing method in basketball

I would like to know if a new regulation has been introduced in the NBA regarding player protests, in the last two seasons the referees have changed the method of reacting to protests, now just a ...

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