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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NFL standings: 8-6-2 team vs 9-7-0 team?

Are they considered to have the same records? One should just apply tie-breaking procedures? NFL rules say: If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with ...
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Is the runner on first forced to run?

Looking for some clarification on this situation that came up today: There is one out and a runner on first base (R1). The batter hits a fly ball in the infield. The first baseman (1st) makes an ...
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What happens if the ball is bounced into the basket?

What happens when I bounce-pass the ball into the basket, like in a circus shot? Does this count as a successful basket?
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Rules for Orange and Purple Caps in IPL

In IPL, Orange and Purple caps are awarded to the highest run scorer and highest wicket taker. I have three questions on this topic. If more than one player has equal stats (highest runs or wickets),...
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Why are 5 runs awarded if the ball hits the helmet? [closed]

Why are 5 runs awarded if the ball hits the helmet behind the wicket-keeper? Is it mandatory to keep helmet in ground? To avoid 5 extra runs, can fielding team keep the helmet outside the ground?
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Can a player stretch into opponent's court to play a shot?

If you touch the net while playing a shot, you lose a point. (I remember seeing Federer lose a point a few years ago, as he fell on the net after hitting a smash shot.) However, a player could stand ...
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Is there a rule that protects the goalkeeper in the 6yard-box?

After yesterday's red card for Nani in Manchester United against Real Madrid (March 5th 2013) I decided to read the entire Rulebook Laws of the Game by FIFA (IFAB), including the guidelines for ...
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Penalty kick after time expires - should the referee play rebounds on for longer?

It is well known that a soccer referee should allow any team to play a penalty even if a period of play has ended. Should the referee allow the team who has the penalty to continue the penalty kick ...
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Does the Duckworth–Lewis method work correctly for all matches?

D/L method is commonly used for limited over matches. Does it work fine? The opening players didn't know it would rain that day, so they defend to stand for 20 to 25 overs; then how is it correct for ...
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Is there a minimum number of players needed on the field in the NFL?

In the NFC Divisional playoff game on 2018-01-14 between Minnesota and New Orleans, Minnesota's Stephon Diggs scored a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter to take the lead and thus win the ...
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Is there a rule in football that caps the amount of transfer money paid by a team for a player?

I am just baffled by the way that players like De Bruyne, Sterling etc are costing huge amounts of money for the clubs. I personally don't feel that these players are worth this much. Also Juventus ...
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Is it allowed to hit the ball twice to save the wicket?

If the batsman hit the ball and hits the ball while going to the wicket if he stops the ball by the bat he is out or not out?
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What is the maximum runs allowed to take by running between the wickets? [duplicate]

What is the maximum number of runs allowed to take by running between the wickets per ball including overthrows in international cricket? If a batsman doubted that he or his partner didn't get reach ...
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Is a batsman out when any of his things slip away and hit the stumps? [duplicate]

Is a batsman out if his helmet, bat or any of his equipment slip away from him and hit the stumps?It always confuses me
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Who will take strike for this particular situation, when striker is out Caught in the boundary?

Today while we were playing, we had a following situation, Striker hits the ball and gets caught in the boundary Non-Striker crossed the center of the pitch and the Striker too. Striker is out of ...
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Caught behind by wicket Keeper - Who takes strike?

If the batsman is caught behind by the wicket keeper and the non-striking batsman runs and reaches the batting end, does the batting end change? In our match the batsman was out caught behind, and ...
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“Hit the ball twice” in cricket, so does that means that batsman can hit the ball twice?

As per the name its like Hit the ball twice, so does that means a batsman can hit the ball twice, I mean the same delivery can b played twice?
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Why does a foul ball not count as a third strike?

From the Wikipedia entry for foul ball A strike is issued for the batter if he had fewer than two strikes ... A strike is, however, recorded for the pitcher for every foul ball the batter hits, ...
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What is the purpose of the eligible reciever rules?

I do not know a lot about American Football, but I enjoy watching games from time to time. The other day I saw a penalty given for a player catching a pass but being an ineligible receiver. I had not ...
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Sinking opponent's ball

In 8-ball, if you sink the opponent's ball while sinking your own, do you keep playing, hand over play, or is it considered a foul?
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Why are NFL hash marks closer than NCAA hash marks?

Typically as you move up to more competitive levels of a sport, elements are adjusted to account for the increase of skill/speed/power of better players. NBA 3-point line is farther from hoop than ...
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When and why did baseball players start exclusively running the bases counterclockwise?

In modern baseball, the players always run around the bases counterclockwise (anticlockwise). However, a book written in the 1830's - one of the first to describe the version of the sport we know ...
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Is taking a step before dribbling the ball a travel?

I've recently started playing basketball and was wondering about some of the comments made about this (pretty cool) NBA commercial featuring LeBron James. It looks like he takes 1 step after receiving ...
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Can I use my hand to hit the ball on table tennis?

I've read in somebody's comment in another question: USA Table Tennis rules: 2.5.7 A player strikes the ball if s/he touches it in play with his/her racket, held in the hand, or with his/her ...
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What determines a double hit in volleyball?

In volleyball, if the other team pass, set, hits it over to me and I kick it and then it hits my chest, but it's only one action/motion, would that count as a double hit fault? What about if the ...
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When a QB slides, is it considered a dead ball?

I was watching the Niners-Lions game last week and saw something that has me a little confused. I was under the impression that when a quarterback slides in the NFL, the play is considered dead when ...
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Can a player get his second yellow card while being replaced? What happens then?

In football, a yellow card can be given to a player when he/she is losing time on purpose. Typically, a team wining the match will make changes on the last minutes to lose some extra time: the player ...
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What happens if a basketball stops on the rim as time expires?

In Game 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Allen's layup attempt stopped on the back of the rim: youtube This is ruled a jump ball. ...
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Shuttle getting stuck to the net after crossing

I've never seen this happen before but it happened twice in one game recently (by 2 different players!). The shuttle hit the tape and went over the net but then got caught and never hit the ground. ...
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Hasn't Kasper Schmeichel broke the rules when saving Modrić's penalty during the World Cup 2018, Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark?

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick - 1. Procedure explicitly states that: The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked. ...
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Super over for super over

If the runs scored in a super over by two teams were level, how will the winning side be determined? E.g. Team A scored 10 runs in 6 balls and Team B scored 10 runs in 5/6 balls with two wickets lost;...
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Has the Lambeau Leap been banned at all NFL stadiums except Lambeau Field?

The Lambeau Leap is a celebration started by Green Bay Packers players who leap into the stands after scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field. The celebration has spread across the NFL though, because I'...
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How does the NFL distribute their content online?

Ordinary television shows have sites like Hulu where their content can be viewed online. However, for the NFL, their online content distribution strategy seems less clear. What is the league's ...
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Is hitting the side of the table legal?

In table tennis, on the rare occasion when the ball makes it over the net but hits the side of the table rather than on top (which is pretty hard to counter), Is this a valid point?
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Heptathlon point system calculation

Are there equations that are used to calculate the scores (as in diving and such)? If so, what are these equations? And if not, please state how the points are calculated.
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Can all penalties be declined in American Football?

I saw some highlights from an NFL game the other day (I think it was Detroit's 22-21 comeback win against Atlanta) and the presenter said they won the game with a field goal. Their first attempt at ...
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What is the rule for wide ball during reverse hit or switch hit?

It is permitted for a batsman to reverse or switch his bat from right to left or vice versa for getting runs. If they missed the ball means, what is the rule there regarding wide? To be more clear, ...
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Is shouting a foul in basketball?

On the afternoon of 31 July 2016, I was playing basketball with my friends. A guy who was defending me shouted when I was shooting. I was frightened, so I missed the shot. My question: Is shouting ...
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Is it against the rules to head the ball back to your goalie?

While I was reading the Laws of the Game to look for an answer to another question, I came to read the following bit: Cautions for unsporting behaviour There are different circumstances when a ...
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How exactly did Carvajal not get booked/sent off after causing a penalty?

Juventus-Real Madrid Champions League semi-final game is being played now and I am completely dumbfounded by how Carvajal managed to get away without seeing a card in connection with the penalty ...
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Offside on purpose

I’m interested in the community’s thoughts on recent events. Since it is about officiating and offside, I know there's much room for interpretation. I viewed a match at the U14 level where team A ...
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Possible dismissals off a noball, wide ball and free hit

I came to know that a batsman can be stumped out off a wide ball but not off a no-ball (Is it correct?) What are the possibilities to dismiss batsmen, off a noball, a wide ball, a freehit ball and ...
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Can the official fastest lap of a race be set in the first lap in F1?

Actually there are many reasons that make the cars slower in the first lap of a race. Cars accelerate from 0 kph Traffic is at maximum Tyres are not at ideal temperature (still soft tyres can perform ...
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Is it a boundary or overthrows?

Consider a scenario where a fielder is chasing a ball that is running away to the boundary. He puts in a dive, gets a hand to the ball but it runs over the boundary ropes. The umpire signals a ...
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What is reserve day in ODI cricket?

The match between Sri Lanka vs West Indies in Tri-Nation Series was stopped calling it as a reserve day and it continued the next day (08-07-13). What is meant by reserve day? And why ICC not ...
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Is it offside if a striker receives the ball behind all defenders and goalkeeper of the opponent?

The offside rule is between the last two players, which is usually the goalkeeper and a defender, so people just think that being in front of the last field player is not offside. But in this case, ...
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When does 12-men on the defense stop play?

I'm a bit confused about the rule for 12 men on the field in American Football when it's called on the defense. It seems like sometimes this penalty stops play and the offense does not get a chance to ...
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Can a forward pass be thrown after a handoff made in front of the quarterback?

The quarterback hands the ball to a receiver; the handoff is in front of the quarterback but behind the line of scrimmage, which is a legal play. Can the receiver now throw a forward pass?
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Procedure if a football player, when sent off, refuses to leave the pitch [duplicate]

What would happen when a player, after being shown the red card, refuses to leave the pitch?
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What is a “football move” in the NFL?

It happens a lot: a receiver catches the ball, drops it, it is called a fumble on the field. Then there is some expert commentator giving his opinion on whether the receiver made a 'football move' ...