Sport rule books are living, growing things. New times bring new technologies, which bring new rules.
Old rules, though, can be stubborn little lines of ink that are not amenable to deletion. So, obsolete as they are, they hold fast to their rule book real estate. In today's world, many of these rules come across as utterly inane.
But not all the dumb sports rules are so because they are beyond their years. Some are just inexplicably dumb. Perhaps it was a full moon when they were written. Perhaps the writers got daffy and decided to pen some screwballs in there just for kicks and giggles. Perhaps midway through the project there was a writers' strike and some kindergarten scabs took over the job.
Whatever the reason, these rules exist. They lurk on the pages. They hibernate in the minds of stickler refs and crafty coaches. Ready to pounce and surprise us with their existence.
Click on to discover the inanest of the inane, the obscurest of the obscure...