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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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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Why do racket-sport games end with an odd number of points?

Why do the rules for several sports dictate that a player has to score an odd number of points to win the game? Table tennis: 11 points (previously 21) Badminton: 21 points (previously 7, 11 or 15) ...
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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 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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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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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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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 flown through horizontally....
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What determines who sits to the umpire's left or right?

When players arrive on court, they'll put down their bags and towels on seats to the umpire's left and right. Is there a rule that determines who sits where, or is it simply that the first player ...
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Which segmentations are there for sports?

As far as I know, people playing different sports can be separated by age, sex, and sometimes weight. Are there any other segmentations/categories in any sport?
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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 Japan's Rising Sun flag banned by FIFA?

In this article, for instance, we see the text: the South Korean ministry noted that Fifa has already set the precedent of banning the rising sun flag at international football matches. I've ...
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Does Nippon Badminton Association forbid players from swapping shirts?

After yesterday’s game between Kentō Momota and Luís Enrique Peñalver at the World Championships in Basel, Peñalver indicated that he wanted to swap shirts with Momota. Momota’s reaction was a bit of ...
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Are tennis rackets checked by officials before matches?

Following this question I started looking for evidence that rackets in tennis were checked by officials, at least on the ATP tour, but couldn't find some. I was able to find the regulations for racket ...
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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 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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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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Is it allowed for the quarterback (or someone else) to punt the ball if he can't find another play?

If the quarterback (or someone else) on fourth down gets in trouble and hasn't passed the line of scrimmage, can he change the intended play and instead punt the ball away?
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How are judges chosen in MMA/UFC fights?

Judges in MMA sometimes make questionable decisions over bouts. So I was wondering, what exactly makes a person qualify to be a judge on professional MMA fights? What criteria is set for someone to be ...
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What happens after the penalty if a player is snookered behind a free ball?

What happens after the penalty is applied when a player is snookered behind a free ball? This question pertains to the rule when a free ball has been nominated, but the player not only fails to sink ...
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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 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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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 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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How does a body check affect the ruling on Delay of Game penalty call?

In the NHL (and other leagues and levels I'm sure), a 2 minute minor penalty is assessed when a defender in his own zone clears the puck over the high boards. This penalty is waived if the clearing ...
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Does a tennis player lose the point if their racket hits the opponent due to follow through over the net?

A tennis player hits the opponent with their racket due to follow through over the net when the opponent is very close to the net. Does he/she lose the point?
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Putting out on every hole in a bogey competition

Do you have to putt out on every hole in a bogey competition even when you are over par on a hole ?
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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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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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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 his ...
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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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Is this traveling (basketball)?

Want to know if that's a travel, thanks.
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What happens to FGA when you score on the wrong basket?

I know that when you score on the wrong basket, the nearest player gets the points (in NBA) - so that's "Field Goal Made". But, what about "Field Goal Attempts"? If the nearest ...
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What fault occurs if a volleyball forearm pass is made without the hands connected?

I'm wondering, what would the call be if a player attempted a forearm pass but didn't have their hands connected? would it be a carry ball, a double hit, a foot fault, or 4 hits?
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Final game between loser and winner when there is a race to two in winners' bracket and one and done in losers' bracket

In a double elimination tournament (billiards) the winners bracket is a race to two. The losers bracket is winner moves on. How is the last game (the final) played for the undefeated winner and the ...
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First official sport with timer stopage

What was the first ever team sport to stop the timer during a match and only count actual game time? (for example the NBA or the NFL)
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Exceptions to the 15 player rule

Are there roster size exceptions to the 15 player rule in the NBA? This was something that has come up when looking at a few rosters this year. Lakers and Nets have 1 player disabled (Demarcus Cousins ...
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How much arm is one allowed to use when boxing out in basketball? Are they different offense/defense?

I'm 6"4' 250 lbs and while that's certainly not "big/tall" for NBA, I'm usually the tallest/heaviest (or at the very least, amongst one of the) when playing with people in my community. Oftentimes, I ...
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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' ...
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Cricket rules to counting runs after win the match

Two batsmen are on the crease. Both have scored 97 runs. 3 more runs to win the match..7 balls left. Is it possible that both could scored century?
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Cricket and no ball and a shot played by batsman while running

In normal circumstances, not last ball or winning stroke, a batsman plays a shot and runs for 1 run. It turned out to be a no ball. Of course, the team would get 2 runs. But will the batsman get 2 ...