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THE OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES, GUIDELINES, AND SPECIFICATIONS
FOR THE SPORT OF HORSESHOE PITCHING


(aka The RGS Book)

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Published by The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA)

(January 1, 2010)


I. PLAYING RULES
RULE 1 - PITCHING DIVISIONS
Section A - Juniors
Section B - Open Men
Section C - Open Women
Section D - Seniors
Section E - Elder Men

RULE 2 - GAME PREPARATION
Section A - Court Assignment
Section B - Pit Preparation and Maintenance
Section C - Painting of Stakes
Section D - Start of Each Tournament/Class
Section E - Court Rotation

RULE 3 - PLAY OF THE GAME AND VALUE OF THE SHOE
Section A - Innings
Section B - Value of the Shoe
Section C - Delivery of Shoes
Section D - Position of Contestants During Delivery

RULE 4 - FLOW OF THE GAME
Section A - Possible Delays

RULE 5 - FOUL SHOES
Section A - Removal from Pit
Section B - Enforcing Violations

RULE 6 - SCORING THE GAME, CALLING THE SCORE
Section A - Methods of Scoring
Section B - Calling the Score
Section C - Recording the Score

RULE 7 - PITCHING ROTATION DURING THE GAME
Section A - Cancellation Rotation
Section B - Count-All Rotation
Section C - Handicap Rotation
Section D - Pacer Rotation
Section E - Pitching Out of Turn

RULE 8 - LENGTH OF THE GAMES, BREAKING OF TIE GAMES
Section A - Length of Games
Section B - Breaking of Tie Games

RULE 9 - BROKEN OR CRACKED SHOES
Section A - Broken Shoes
Section B - Cracked Shoes

RULE 10 - LOOSE OR BROKEN STAKES
Section A - Loose Stakes
Section B - Broken Stakes

RULE 11 - TOURNAMENT/LEAGUE PLAY
Section A - Standard Method of Sanctioned Tournament Play
Section B - Determining Class Winners, Breaking of Ties
Section C - Ringer Percentage
Section D - Seeding Contestants
Section E - Mixed Classes
Section F - Handicapping
Section G - Forfeits

RULE 12 - APPROPRIATE NHPA MEMBER CONDUCT
Section A - On the Courts
Section B - Sportsmanship
Section C - Dress Code
Section D - Alcohol, Tobacco Products, and Illegal Controlled Substances
Section E - Cell Phones
Section F - Protests


II. REQUIREMENTS
REQUIREMENT 1 - TOURNAMENT/LEAGUE OFFICIALS
Section A - Duties and Responsibilities
REQUIREMENT 2 - ALL NHPA TOURNAMENTS/LEAGUES
Section A - Sanctioning
Section B - Eligibility
Section C - Fees
Section D - Division Size
Section E - Tournament Credit
Section F - League Credit
Section G - Count-All Scoring
Section H - Total Ringers/Shoes
Section I - Reporting Results

REQUIREMENT 3 - CHARTER/STATE INFORMATION
Section A - Championship Play
Section B - Newsline Magazine
Section C - Delegates
Section D - Compliance

REQUIREMENT 4 - WORLD TOURNAMENT PLAY
Section A - Committee and Director
Section B - Division
Section C - Championship Finals
Section D - World Title
Section E - Division Winners
Section F - Playoffs
Section G - Records
Section H - Eligibility
Section I - Awards

REQUIREMENT 5 - FOR SPECIAL TOURNAMENTS OR EVENTS
Section A - Events
Section B - Waiver

REQUIREMENT 6 - CADET AND JUNIOR PITCHERS
Additional Information

Section A - Adult Divisions
Section B - Eligibility
Section C - Awards
Section D - Responsibility

III. GUIDELINES GUIDELINE 1 - DOUBLES PLAY
Section A - Regular Doubles
Section B - Walking Doubles

GUIDELINE 2 - CALLING THE SCORE
Section A - Recommended Calls
Section B - Alternative Calls

GUIDELINE 3 - KEEPING SCORE
Section A - Before the Game
Section B - During the Game
Section C - After the Game
Section D - Scoreboards
Section E - Electronic Scoring Devise
Section F - Hand Signals

GUIDELINE 4 - JUDGING
Section A - Responsibilities, Expectations and Duties

GUIDELINE 5 - PACERS
Section A - Use of Pacers
Section B - Qualified Pacers
Section C - Awards and Statistics

IV. SPECIFICATIONS
I - EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS
Section A - Sanctioned Horseshoes
Section B - Altered Horseshoes
Section C - Legal Horseshoe Repair
Section D - Horseshoes Sanctioned in Other Countries
Section E - Pitching Accessories

II - SPECIFICATIONS FOR COURT LAYOUT
Section A - Sanctioning of Courts
Section B - Court Sanction Requrements/Specifications
Section C - Specifications For Raised Pits
Section D - Specifications for Covered and Indoor Courts

GLOSSARY
Altered Shoe – Burr
Bylaws – Dress Code
Extended Platforms – Inning
Judges – Pit
Pit Substance – Round
Round Robin Play – Scoring Area
Scoring Radius – Welded Shoe