B. THE COURT AND EQUIPMENT
2. THE COURT
- THE STANDARD
LAYOUT The standard court is a rectangle measuring 28 by 35 yards (see
Diagram 1). Its boundary must be clearly marked,
the inner edge of the marking being the actual boundary.
The boundaries are known as the north, south, east and west boundaries regardless
of the actual orientation of the court.
The perimeter of an inner rectangle whose sides are parallel to and one
yard from the boundary is called the yard-line, its corners the corner spots
and the space between the yard-line and the boundary the yard-line area.
The yard-line is not marked on the court. Certain balls which leave the
court or come to rest in the yard-line area are replaced on the yard-line.
The parts of the yard-line that extend from the corner spots at corners
1 and 3 to a line extended through the centres of hoops 5 and 6 are known
as the A and B baulk-lines respectively. The ends of the baulk-lines may
be marked on the boundary but any raised markers used must not intrude or
lean into the court. The baulk lines are where a ball may be placed before
it is played into the game under Law 8(b) (start of
game) or played under Law 13 (wiring lift) (or Law
36 (optional lift in advanced play)).
STANDARD SETTING The peg is set in the centre of the court. There are
six hoops which are set parallel to the north and south boundaries; the
centres of the two inner hoops are 7 yards to the north and south of the
peg; the centres of the four outer hoops are 7 yards from the adjacent boundaries.
TO THE STANDARD COURT
LAYOUT The length and width of the court are each subject to the tolerances
set out in Appendix 1 provided the court remains a rectangle. Where more
than one boundary marking is visible and it is not obvious which one should
be used, the most recent defines the true boundary or, if that cannot be
determined, the innermost defines the true boundary. Exceptional cases may
be dealt with under Law 55. The actual boundary at
any point is the straight line which best fits the inner edge of the boundary
marking in the vicinity of that point.
BOUNDARY MARKING The boundary may be marked with a movable cord, which
should be fastened to the court at several intermediate points. If the cord
is displaced, Law 35(d) applies.
Where a boundary marking is not straight, the yard-line is taken to be a
line one yard inside and parallel to the boundary. However, where it is
critical that balls that have been or are to be placed on the yard-line
lie on the straight line joining the corner spots, their positions should
be adjusted by the minimum amount necessary to ensure that they do so.
ON SETTING Each hoop and the peg may be displaced up to 6 inches from
its standard position provided that the lines joining the centres of hoops
1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 remain parallel to the east and west boundaries,
that the peg lies on the lines joining the centres of hoops 1 and 3, 2 and
4, and 5 and 6 and that the baulk-lines still terminate on a line extended
through the centres of hoops 5 and 6.
OF SETTING Once players have started a game, it is deemed that they
have accepted that the locations of all boundary markings, hoops and the
peg are correct. Material discrepancies may be remedied under Law 55.
COURTS If the available area is too small for a standard court, a smaller
court may be laid out by retaining the court proportions of five length
units by four length units but using a length unit shorter than the standard
7 yards. The appropriate governing body may approve other proportions and
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