Questions tagged [rules]

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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?
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Changing sides in tennis

This site says: A player has to win six games, and at least two more than the foe, to claim a tennis match. Players switch sides after every odd game, as in the first, third and fifth games, and ...
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Can the second-to-last defender cause an offside by leaving the field of play?

I had a little conversation one of my football friends and we had this interesting situation come up during the conversation. As I understand the offside rule, the offending player should not be ...
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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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If a play ends with two runners at the same base who is safe?

In baseball if a play ends and two base runners are at the same base who is safe and who is out? Does the situation change if one of the runners can be forced?
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Rules around shepherding in football

In many ball sports played in Australia there is a familiar term "shepherding". Wikipedia describes it as this: "Shepherding is the act of legally pushing, bumping or blocking an opposing player ...
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What does the 'B' (or bonus) mean on a basketball scoreboard?

I was looking at pictures of scoreboards today, and I noticed that some of them have 'B's on the boards: The same thing appears on NBA games, often in the broadcast scoreboard as well: I've never ...
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Can my body touch the table in table tennis?

Suppose I am about to hit a "overhead", then my stomach touches the edge of the table... Is this allowed? Can I "dive" on the table?
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What happens if there is a tie during an olympic race?

Recently during the USA Track and Field Olympic trials, there was a tie for third place between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh. It appears that there was previously no tiebreaker rule in place for ...
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When is the new ball due for all forms of cricket?

Is there a standard time fixed in Test, ODI and T20 formats of Cricket, when a fielding side captain can ask for a new ball? If the captain of the fielding side doesn't ask for a new ball, will he be ...
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what about a switch bowling action

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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When can you get up again after falling on the ground?

I had always thought that when the ball carrier was on the ground, they were down and the play was over. Recently I have seen a fair number of plays such as interceptions or fumble recoveries where ...
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Are there any rules in baseball which prohibit teams from “borrowing” players via trade?

Every season near the trade deadline, we see teams that are out of it trading expensive players and/or free agents-to-be, typically for younger players or prospects. For example, Matt Garza, set to ...
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What is the minimum over-rate?

We can see many times, the captains and the players of the bowling team were suspended for slow over-rates. How the over-rate for a fielding team is calculated? Is it vary between different forms of ...
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Doubles rules in table tennis

I curious about what the official rules are for playing doubles in table tennis. It seems like every time I play, someone has a different set of rules from what I've played before. For instance: Do ...
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Are there “Lets” in table tennis?

In tennis if I serve the ball and it goes into the opposite service box, but hits the net on the way, it is a let. Is there such a thing as a let in table tennis?
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If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will 4 runs be added or not?

If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will four runs be added or not? Is there any rule about this?
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Can a bowler bowl a six?

Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball pitches, is missed by the batsman, is missed by the wicket keeper, and flies over the boundary. How much runs/extras? Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball doesn't ...
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What is the distance allowed for the goalkeeper to be off the line during penalty kick? [duplicate]

Recently, I saw a video showing a penalty kick replayed twice because the goalkeeper advanced from the goal line. My question is: what is the distance allowed for the goalkeeper to be off the line ...
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When can a batsman change from batting left handed to right handed?

Some shots in one-day or Twenty 20 cricket involve the batsman changing stance to play a shot (e.g. reverse sweep), but are there any provisions in cricket laws that allow the umpire to decide when ...
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What is the rule when the ball touches both the bat and the batsman's body?

If a ball bowled to a batsman hits the bat first and then hits the pad/any part of the batsman's body, what is the rule on getting runs or boundaries or catch at this situation? If a ball bowled to a ...
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Is a base runner automatically out if they stop advancing when forced to their next base?

Here's a situation that came up during a back lot league softball game a few weeks ago. (Note: While our league has some of its own rules we try to defer to MLB rules in all causes that aren't ...
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How is the net run rate calculated if the match stopped due to rain?

Here we already discussed how the net run rate is calculated. If the match gets stopped due to rain, then how is the NRR calculated? Consider both of these situations: Match stopped due to rain, ...
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Penalty taker pauses during the run-up: legal or not?

When taking a penalty, some players pause during their run-up, before kicking the ball forward. Occasionally they halt long enough and the goalkeeper goes one way, then they shoot. Is this legal or ...
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Football offside tag up

I just realized I didn't really have a definitive answer to this subtlety of the offside rule. When a player is in offside position at the time of the pass but not affecting the play, no offside will ...
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NFL overtime: after a field goal, clock runs out on second team's possession

Under the NFL's current "modified sudden death" overtime rules, if the first team scores a field goal, the second team is entitled to one more possession. What happens if the clock runs out during ...
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NFL Rule On Offensive lineman

Does the offensive lineman have to notify the referee in order to be an eligible receiver?
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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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Hat-trick rules for different match/innings

If a bowler takes wicket in the last ball of an over and takes other two wickets in the first two balls of the next over then it is considered as Hat-trick. But what if a bowler takes last two ...
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Foul after a goal

What if, in soccer, right after the attacking team scores a goal, the defending team makes a foul? Say, it was a corner, and the ball already crossed the line, and then a defending player slide-...
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Is this a dismissal by hit wicket?

Consider the following situation, A batsman's bat breaks while hitting the ball after which a piece of the bat flies in the air, hits the stumps and the bails fall down. Is this a dismissal by ...
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While watching a football game on TV, what does “1st & 10” mean?

One thing that made me curious while watching a football game on TV was the numbers that appear on the ground. For instance, there's a "1st & 10" beside one team, but there was a "3rd & 6" a ...
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Player looses boot after tackle

We had an incident during a recent game where a player was tackled causing him to loose his boot. The referee deemed the tackle fair and failed to award a free kick. Our player indicated to the ...
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In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given?

In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given? I saw this situation so many times happened; bowler appealed for UDRS for LBW, in UDRS it shows ball hits the ...
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Running After Being Knocked Off Feet in the NFL

In what year(s) in the NFL was the runner allowed to get up and run after being knocked off his feet, as long as they weren't tackled and held down? From memory, it only lasted 1 or 2 years because it ...
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Is a match forfeited if a player refuses to leave after being sent off?

So, I know that according to MLB rules, the umpire in chief can forfeit the game if an ejected player refuses to leave the field. Can a soccer/association football referee forfeit a match the same ...
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Tag out of a forced runner to end the inning, does the run still score?

Bases loaded with 2 outs, ground ball hit towards 3B/SS hole fielded by 3B. The third-basemen elects to try and tag the runner advancing from 2nd to 3rd, but the runner sees the decision and stops ...
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Is this a run out?

If a batsman hits the ball inside the ground and begins running between the wickets and now the ball is thrown back to the Fielder/Bowler/WK(FBWK) If the FBWK catches the ball in one hand and hits ...
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Ball hitting helmet - change of strike?

It's the last ball of the over. The ball hits the helmet kept behind the keeper. 5 runs will be awarded, but my question here is, will the same batsman face the first ball of the next over?
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How is a batsman not out when the wicket is put down and they don't have their bat or body grounded inside the crease?

When running between the wickets, a batsman may be run out if they haven't "made their ground" before a fielder throws the ball, or uses their hand holding the ball, to dislodge the bails. Effectively ...
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Can I place fielders wherever I want?

Can I place more than 2 midoffs or 3-4 silly points in cricket? I have seen no match with such fieldings? But there are no rules against it.
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What will happen when the batsman or bowler gets injured in super-over?

Three players from the batting side will be selected to bat in the super-over. If the batting side loses two wickets, their innings will end. One player from the fielding team will be selected for ...
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Deciding the winner of a boxing match

Question Boxing matches are (usually) decided by knockout or decision. However, Timothy Bradley's victory over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012 was highly and widely controversial. CompuBox stats show ...
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What do the laws of cricket say about declaring an inning in a limited overs cricket match?

I know that there is no need of declaring a match with limited overs format. Even the world record total has been chased on that day itself. But, my question is, what do the laws of cricket say ...
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Was Messi's Penalty Kick against Celta de Vigo in La Liga 2016 considered a miss?

Was Messi's Penalty Kick against Celta de Vigo in La Liga 2016 considered a miss, according to FIFA rules? In Are players allowed to pass a penalty? it's established that it is possible to 'pass' a ...
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Run Out without bails

A batsman is Run out if at any time while the ball is in play no part of his bat or person is grounded behind the popping crease and his wicket(bails) is fairly put down by the opposing side. ...
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If the basketball goes through bottom of rim and re-enters, is it a basket?

Several years ago I was playing in an adult basketball league and a player took a bad shot that entered through the bottom of the hoop, hit the backboard and re-entered the hoop. The referee counted ...
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Why isn't spiking the football intentional grounding?

I understand that spiking the football is a time management technique in American football, but I don't understand why there is no penalty (e.g. intentional grounding) associated with it?