Posted By: Jason Lee In Response To: Overriding Principle (phil simborg)
Date: Monday, 24 March 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
In Response To: Overriding Principle (phil simborg)
I have always believed that there should be an "overriding principle" involved in all rule decisions, and I have also believed that should should be stated in the rules as a guide to all players and directors.
If there is every a doubt as to what the call should be when two players disagree, the call should tend to be against the player that initiated the action which caused the controversy.
I absolutely love this principle, and think it should be Rule #2, right after the one that says that "The Tournament Rules and Procedures cannot and should not regulate all possible situations that may arise during a match. No set of rules should deprive the Director of his freedom of judgment or prevent him from finding the solution dictated by fairness and compatible with the circumstances of a particular case."
In short, the two basic rules are:
- Rule #1: It doesn't matter what the rule is, the TD should do what he/she thinks is right.
- Rule #2: If you screwed up, the ruling should go against you.
We may not need too many rules beyond this.
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