Sports are, without a doubt, the most universally adored and enduring pastime of all time. It’s one of the most diverse forms of entertainment because there’s something for everyone, whether you want to participate or just watch.
Many sports have been played for centuries, and they have gradually changed over time, with new rules and regulations enacted to try and improve the game. A new rule might be implemented for a variety of reasons, including improving player safety, preventing cheating, and sometimes looking to create a more exciting game.
However, implementing new rules does not always succeed and is frequently met with harsh criticism, particularly from people who are enthusiastic about the sport. Furthermore, certain game mandates have grown obsolete, yet they are still in use.
The following rules are some of the worst offenders when it comes to bringing down the game.
Hanging on To the Rim- NBA
Technical fouls are divided into two categories in the NBA: those that are unsportsmanlike, such as the use of profanity, and those that are not unsportsmanlike, such as a game delay.
If a player holds on to the basket and uses it to interfere with a field-goal attempt or ball possession they’ll be called for “unsportsmanlike.” The regulation is highly subjective, and the punishment appears to change depending on the circumstances. Many players have been penalized over the years for clinging to the basket for a split second longer than necessary.
Because it is difficult for the referee to make a correct decision, the rule should be eliminated. Furthermore, clinging to the rim is such a ridiculous rule that it should not be enforced. Most athletes do it to avoid an injury or just out of a sense of spontaneity.
Kneeing a Downed Opponent- MMA
Mixed martial arts, like other combat sports, have a strict set of regulations to follow, including time restrictions, judges, arbiters, and gear. Certain combat strategies have been banned from the game because they are regarded as too risky and perhaps cheating.
Some unlawful moves have been left up to interpretation, which frequently leads to misunderstanding. The illegal maneuver of striking your opponent with your knee when they are downed is the most frequently broken rule. The error generally stems from a fighter’s split-second judgment on whether or not their opponent is indeed downed.
Small Cuts- Horse Jumping
A horse and rider might be disqualified from a show jumping competition if their horse develops a tiny cut on its body.
The horses are evaluated for heat or sensitivity in their legs before every competition to prevent riders from using dangerous chemicals to make their horse’s legs more sensitive to pain, such as hot sauce. The animals are said to be more prone to jump over the rails rather than breakthrough them because of this. Small cuts might also produce heat and sensitivity and cause a disqualification.
During the London 2012 Olympics, Canadian equestrian Tiffany Foster was a victim of this. Because of a tiny cut on her horse’s front leg they were disqualified just fifteen minutes before the contest began.
Timed Jumps- Figure Skating
This is a relatively new rule that has already sparked considerable criticism. When completing leaps in the second part of their performance, skaters receive a 10% bonus in score. As a result, skaters have timed their jumps deliberately in the second half of the race in order to get more points. This effectively implies that a superior routine might lose to one that takes advantage of the second half bonuses.
At the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova were the most impressive competitors. Medvedeva’s act was a hit with the audience, and she seemed destined to win. However, she received the same score as Zagitova, and by virtue of the bonus points awarded for the strategic jumps, Alina was awarded the gold.
Arching the Back- Bench Pressing
The bench press has the most technical requirements of any lift in the professional sport of powerlifting. They are quite detailed and must be followed to the letter. You must keep your head, shoulders, and buttocks in contact with the bench while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Furthermore, before pressing with a prolonged forward motion of the barbell, you must pause the weight on your chest.
However, there’s no mention of maintaining your back pressed against the bench, which frequently leads to players arching their backs while keeping their shoulders and buttocks in line. This has the advantage of reducing the range of motion necessary to hoist the weight while also stabilizing the shoulder joint.
While this is technically not a rule violation, it does provide an unfair advantage and has led to accusations that athletes who utilize the back arch are cheating.
Coaching During a Match- Tennis
This rule became infamous in the 2018 US Open Final.
It arose when Serena Williams got a gesture from her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, in the bleachers, in violation of the rule that no coaching should be given during a match. Williams was issued a warning as a consequence, which sparked a confrontation with the umpire. In frustration, Serena smashed her racket in the match, which resulted in a point penalty. She accused the umpire of robbing her of a point, resulting in a third code violation for verbal abuse and a victory for Naomi Osaka.
This rule appears to be particularly harsh because it’s the player who becomes liable for the code violation, even though the coach’s activities are the cause of the infringement.
The Trapezoid- NHL
The trapezoid was introduced in order to boost scoring possibilities while also giving goaltenders greater control over where they may handle the puck. Each goal net has a trapezoid marked on the exterior. Only within that region or in front of the goal line may the goaltender play the puck. The referees will apply a two-minute minor penalty for delay of game if they play the puck behind the line or outside of the trapezoid.
NHL fans have regularly criticized this rule for a variety of reasons. This includes increasing the strain on goalies who aren’t adept at stickhandling, and making the game’s regulations overly complicated. Many pundits say it has detracted from the competition’s enthusiasm since goaltenders are unable to play the puck outside of the trapezoid beyond the goalie line.