The Sports Rules Book: Essential Rules for 47 Sports


Whether you're a physical education teacher, youth sport administrator, coach, player, parent, or a fan who wants to know more about various sports, The Sports Rules Book is a useful tool for understanding the procedures, main features, ...

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Whether you're a physical education teacher, youth sport administrator, coach, player, parent, or a fan who wants to know more about various sports, The Sports Rules Book is a useful tool for understanding the procedures, main features, and guidelines for 47 sports.

The featured format and easy-to-read presentation help you to glean information quickly on each sport's

-origin and history,
-basic procedures,
-essential terminology,
-competitive playing areas,
-scoring systems,
-player positions and primary features,
-common rules violations and their consequences, and
-officials' signals, where appropriate.

The Sports Rules Book also presents age- and skill-related modifications for many sports, making it especially helpful for anyone teaching or coaching young athletes.

The sport of Ultimate has been added to this edition, and greater emphasis is placed on the 12 most popular U.S. sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Where appropriate for these sports, rule modifications are presented to promote fairer competition, maximum participation, and greater enjoyment for athletes at all levels.

Each chapter was reviewed and approved by an appropriate sport-specific organization (such as USA Volleyball, USA Wrestling, and the United States Tennis Association) or by an individual with the expertise to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date, no matter how significant the rules changes have been since the first edition. As a result, The Sports Rules Book is an accurate and useful guide to understanding the essential rules, regulations, and procedures of 47 sports.

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“...a helpful source...designed to aid administrators, coaches, players, and fans who want a basic idea of how various sports are played. It could also help potential officials get to know what a sport is about.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736048804
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/24/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Human Kinetics began in 1974 in the basement of Rainer Martens' home in Champaign, Illinois, when Martens—then a professor at the University of Illinois—decided to publish the proceedings of a sport psychology conference he had organized.

Human Kinetics has grown to be the world's largest producer of information in the physical activity field and is the premier publisher in sports and fitness. The company is also committed to developing quality resources in such areas as sport and exercise science, physical education, and coaching.
Their world headquarters is based in Champaign, Illinois, where they employ more than 270 people in more than 130,000 square feet of office and warehouse facilities. HK's offices in England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand bolster international efforts.

To learn more about the products developed within the many divisions of Human Kinetics, please visit

Thomas Hanlon has written 18 books, mostly for Human Kinetics. He also acted as a ghostwriter for Teens Can Make It Happen for Stedman Graham, which made the New York Times Bestseller List in 2000. Hanlon, an avid runner and sports enthusiast, lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife, Janet, and their two children.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1Alpine Skiing
Chapter 2Archery
Chapter 3Australian Football
Chapter 4Badminton
Chapter 5Baseball
Chapter 6Basketball
Chapter 7Bowling
Chapter 8Boxing
Chapter 9 Canoeing and Kayaking
Chapter 10Cricket
Chapter 11Cross-Country Skiing
Chapter 12Curling
Chapter 13Cycling
Chapter 14Equestrian
Chapter 15Fencing
Chapter 16Field Hockey
Chapter 17Figure Skating
Chapter 18Football
Chapter 19Golf
Chapter 20Gymnastics
Chapter 21Handball
Chapter 22Ice Hockey
Chapter 23Judo
Chapter 24Karate
Chapter 25Lacrosse
Chapter 26Netball
Chapter 27Racquetball
Chapter 28Roller Hockey
Chapter 29Rowing
Chapter 30Rugby Union
Chapter 31Soccer
Chapter 32Softball
Chapter 33Speed Skating
Chapter 34Squash
Chapter 35Swimming and Diving
Chapter 36Synchronized Swimming
Chapter 37Table Tennis
Chapter 38Taekwondo
Chapter 39Team Handball
Chapter 40Tennis
Chapter 41Track and Field
Chapter 42Triathlon
Chapter 43Ultimate
Chapter 44Volleyball
Chapter 45Water Polo
Chapter 46Water Skiing
Chapter 47Wrestling

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