6 of the strangest rules in the world of sports

6 of the strangest rules in the world of sports


It is possible that many people have heard about the famous offside or advanced position in football, perhaps the most mentioned and least understood of the rules that appear in the extensive rules of the sport of the ball.

But they are unlikely to know when an own goal can not be an own goal or what happens when the ball enters the goal from a throw-in.

The reason is that while the first is an action that is repeated several times in a game, the other cases are situations that occur very infrequently during the 90 minutes of a match.

The same happens in other sports, in which, sometimes, even the same judges are forced to look for the regulation to make a decision due to the strangeness of the situation.

In Rava we tell you six of these cases.

1. The canceled own goal

If a player decides to kick a free kick towards his goal and for some reason the ball goes directly into the goal without anyone having touched it, the referee has the obligation to cancel the goal and point the corner kick in favor of the opposing team.

Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption As much as you want, a player can not score an own goal on a corner kick or a free kick.

This would also happen in the case of an indirect free kick or on a corner kick.

2. All position

In tennis, if a player starts a point dressed in a way he must finish it with all the clothes in place, including the cap.

Andy Murray
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption It became clear that Murray was not aware of the regulation in 2012.

This is stipulated by the regulation, which specifies that if the tennis player loses the hat while he is playing, the point must be repeated, as happened to the British Andy Murray in a match at the US Open in 2012.

3. On the right

It is not a matter of discrimination, since it is a key element for the game to flow, but left-handed people are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to playing polo.

Polo players
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption All players have to play with the cue in their right hand.

At least in theory since the regulation makes it clear that the cue with which the ball is hit must be in the right hand of the players.

4. Covered torso

Some players can not avoid the yellow card when they take off the shirt or simply raise it to the head after scoring a goal.

But for your comfort, that sanction is not as rigorous as in athletics.

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption His celebration went around the world, but Mekhissi-Benabbad could not retain his gold medal.

That was proven by Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, who was disqualified after winning the 3,000-meter obstacle course at the European Athletics Championships in 2014.

It was such an advantage that Mekhissi-Benabbad had in the final stretch of the race, that to show his superiority he decided to take off his shirt 100 meters from the goal, which made him lose what would have been the most important victory of his career.

5. On the other side

It is known that in tennis a player must return the ball before it bounces twice on the surface.

What is likely to be unknown is that it may be the case that to prevent that from happening, the tennis player is forced to play the ball in the field of his rival.

Juan Martin del Potro
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption Argentine Del Potro did not commit a violation in this play, but if he had played the ball his point would have been invalidated.

This scenario occurs when the ball returns to its side of the court after bouncing on the opposite side due to the rotation effect with which it was initially played.

The problem is that the tennis player is forbidden to jump the net, so it is most likely that he loses the point.

6. Punching without a single release

This is the risk batters have when they refuse to occupy their position in the batting box at the scheduled time for whatever reason.

Although in practice it is not usually applied, the referee is able to punish with a strike if the batter is not in the area marked to receive the ball from the pitcher.

Aaron Hill was taken out by umpire Tim Timmons
Copyright of the GETTY IMAGES imageImage caption Youhave to think twice before staying out of the batter’s box.

The idea of rule 6.02 (c) is to accelerate the action and it is something that in the minor leagues is implemented with more rigor, but that in the Major Leagues is not seen frequently.

If the player continues to delay the game for no apparent reason, the umpire can continue to punish him until he reaches the three strikes and decree the out without a single throw.

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