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Technical
PART 4
CONDUCT OF THE GAME
B. SPECIAL LAWS

53. TOURNAMENT AND MATCH PLAY

In tournaments and matches the following additional laws apply.
  1. REGULATIONS FOR TOURNAMENTS The laws other than Law 55 are subject to any provisions in the current Regulations for Tournaments published by the governing body under whose jurisdiction the tournament or match is taking place.
  2. HOOP DIMENSIONS The hoops shall be set according to the conditions advertised for the event.
  3. QUESTIONABLE STROKES A referee must always be called if available before a questionable stroke is played and to decide all disputes. If both the striker and the adversary fail to call a referee before what the adversary should have recognised as a questionable stroke, there is no appeal except on a question of law (see Law 48(d)(3)).
  4. TESTING The players should call a referee to perform any test normally carried out by the players. During such a test both players are entitled to be on the court to watch, provided they do not interfere, and have the right of appeal to the Tournament Referee if they believe the test is being conducted incorrectly.
  5. REPEATED FAULTS If the adversary believes that the striker is repeatedly committing faults in strokes that would not ordinarily require the presence of a referee, he should inform the striker and call a referee to watch a stroke or series of strokes or to take charge of the game temporarily. The striker has no justification for taking offence as players may genuinely differ as to what constitutes a fault.
  6. IMPASSE An impasse exists when neither player is willing to make significant progress. Impasses shall be resolved according to the conditions advertised for the event and, failing which, at the discretion of the Tournament Referee.
  7. TIME-LIMITED GAMES
    1. WINNER Law 4(b) applies but, if neither side has pegged out both its balls in the time allotted for the game, the game is won by the side which has scored the greater number of points when the game ends in accordance with the relevant provisions in the Regulations for Tournaments.
    2. RESTORATION OF TIME
      1. ERRORS Time is not restored following discovery of an error whether before or after the limit of claims.
      2. INTERFERENCE Time is restored if an interference under Laws 30 to 32 is discovered before the end of the game.
    3. HANDICAP PLAY Law 37(c)(1) applies subject to any restriction in the Regulations for Tournaments governing time-limits.
    4. END OF TURN Law 4(e) applies subject to any restriction in the Regulations for Tournaments governing time-limits.
  8. DOUBLE-BANKED GAMES Double-banked games are additionally subject to any relevant provisions in the Regulations for Tournaments.
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