by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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Playing Rules

   Rule 7, Sec. a.- Conduct of Players and Members-No contestant, while opponent is in pitching position, shall make any remark or utter any sounds within the hearing of opponent, nor make any movement that does or might interfere with the opponent's playing. Penalty-Both shoes of the offender shall be declared foul in the inning complained of.

   Sec. b.- Any member of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America who indulges in heckling or unfair rooting against any pitcher in a tournament, whether with malicious intent or otherwise, shall be expelled from the grounds and from the National Association.

   Sec. c.- No contestant shall touch own or opponent's shoe or shoes until winner of point or points has been agreed upon by contestants or decision rendered by the referee. Referee shall declare foul, shoes thrown by a contestant failing to comply with this rule, and award points to the opponent according to the position of his or her shoes.

   Sec. d. No contestant shall walk to the opposite stake or be informed of the position of shoes prior to the completion of an inning.

   Sec. e. A player, when not pitching, must remain on the opposite side of the stake to the player in action and to the rear of a line even with the stake.

   Sec. f.- Any player repeatedly violating rules or guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may be barred from further participation in the contest.

   Rule 8. Sec. a.- Foul Lines-Any shoe delivered while the pitcher's foot extends on or over the raised foul line (See Rule 4, Sec. d) shall be declared foul and removed from counting distance.

   Sec. b.- In delivering the shoe the pitcher shall stand within the pitcher's box, but outside an eighteen (18) inch radius of the stake.

   Rule 9. In delivering a shoe, the pitcher must remain behind the foul line until the shoe has left his hand.

   Rule 10. Choice of Pitch-Choice of first pitch or follow shall be determined by the toss of a coin. In successive games between the same players, the loser shall have choice.