OFFICIAL
RULES AND REGULATIONS
 
Table of Contents
   Common Courtesy
   Short Weights
   Violations which do not Carry Penalties
   Violations Carrying Penalties
   Scoring and Rail "Hangers"
 

I. COMMON COURTESY
   
A. All generally accepted rules of good sportsmanship and good conduct should apply at all times during a match.
   B. It is considered common courtesy for each player to step back from the board after he has delivered a Weight, in order to give his opponent complete freedom of the board, with no interference while shooting.

II. SHORT WEIGHTS
   A. Any Weight not completely clearing the foul line (on long boards this means the foul line nearest the player) after being delivered, shall be considered an illegal Weight and shall be deposited in the alley immediately.
   B. Any Weight which was legal when delivered, but is subsequently knocked back on the near side of the foul line by another Weight, is then considered to be an illegal Weight and shall be deposited in the alley.
   C. Any Weight which, after being delivered, clears the foul line, but subsequently bounces back into the illegal zone after striking another Weight(s) or cushion, is considered to be illegal and must be removed from the board. However, its action upon any other Weight(s) before it bounced back, is considered to be legal.

III. VIOLATIONS WHICH DO NOT CARRY PENALTIES
   A. Should a player accidentally shuffle an opponent's Weight, said Weight is to be replaced with one of his own, in its final position.
   B. A Weight shuffled upside down is a "dead" Weight, and must be removed from the board immediately.
   C. If a Weight that is shuffled upside down knocks off a Weight(s) already on the board, the Weight(s) knocked off shall be replaced in the position occupied before being knocked off, and the upside-down Weight removed from the board. Where the Weight(s) cannot be replaced properly, see penalty.
   D. Any Weight that is shuffled off the board and which rebounds back onto the playing field is a "dead" Weight, and shall be removed. Should such a Weight knock off a Weight(s) already on the board, the Weight(s) knocked off shall be replaced in their previous position.
   E. Any Weight(s) struck and knocked upside down by another played Weight, shall be replaced right side up, and the round continued. Same also applies to a delivered Weight.
   F. Should a Weight slip from a player's hand while in the act of shooting, the player shall have the privilege of another try provided that his arm has not moved in the forward motion for making the shot. Once the forward motion of the arm is started, any Weight which leaves the hand is considered played, and shall not be replayed.
   G. A player shooting out of turn and delivering first Weight when he has the privilege of last Weight, loses that privilege and must complete the round in the same rotation.
   H. In Cushion Board play, a Weight which does not strike a side cushion, or which strikes both cushions after being delivered, shall be considered a "dead" Weight and removed from the board.

IV. VIOLATIONS CARRYING PENALTIES
All of the following violations carry a penalty of one point. Thus one point is deducted from the score of the offending player or team, and he or his team must shoot first Weight in the next round, regardless of who wins the round in which the offense occurs:
   A. While shooting, the lower half of the player's body shall not extend beyond the end of the shuffleboard table.
   B. Playing Weight must not be held in the hand, while an opponent shoots. Similarly, the person shooting may not hold another Weight in his free hand.
   C. In team play, a player may not go beyond the foul line nearest him at any time during the playing of a round, but he may ask or be advised of the position of Weights by his partner. However, in singles play, each player may approach the scoring end of the board, to determine the exact position of Weights on the playing field.
   D. Player while in the act of shooting must not touch the playing surface of the board with his free hand, although free hand may rest on the frame of the shuffleboard table.
   E. Player while in the act of shooting must not touch the playing surface of the board with his playing hand, either before, during or after making a shot.
   F. Player preparing to shoot must not rub his hands over the playing surface in any manner, since this either introduces foreign substances onto said playing surface or removes the powdered wax already on the board.
   G. Player shall not cause any vibration, such as slapping table, leaning on table, stamping on floor, etc., whether intentionally or otherwise.
   H. A player may not touch a Weight in play while his partner or either opponent is shooting.
   I. A player may not touch the playing surface or frame of the table while his partner or opponents are shooting.
   J. Players at the opposite end of the board from the delivery of Weights may not touch Weights in the gutter until all shooting for the round has been completed.
   K. When a legal Weight(s) is moved or knocked off the board by a "dead" Weight and cannot be replaced in the previous position, the player or team who delivered the "dead" Weight shall be penalized.
   L. It is understood that if any of the above infractions are committed byother members of the participating teams, who may not be actively engaged in play at the time, the same penalties will apply to their teams.

V. SCORING AND RAIL "HANGERS"
   
A. A Weight overhanging the edge of the board at any point is "dead" if it falls from the board before the opponent's following Weight ceases motion. {Exception: See rule G, below.)
   B. After opponent's following Weight has been delivered and ceases motion, a scoring or rail "hanger" is legal, and must be replaced if it falls from the board without being directly hit by another Weight.
   C. Should a hanging Weight fall from the board for any other reason than being legally knocked off, such as slapping the table, stamping on the floor, etc., it must be replaced in its original position and considered a legal Weight. A one-point penalty is made against the offending player or team (see Section IV, G).