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Rule Violation / Penalty Summary

Note: The following table is meant to serve as a quick reference only and is not comprehensive. Please refer to the full ITSF Rule Book above for complete details.

Rule Violation / Event Penalty / Result
Ready Protocol Violation 3 Second Delay To Say “Ready” Delay of Game
Illegal Advance Opponent may continue play or serve ball
Ball Off the Table Ball goes to two rod of the team who did not cause the ball to go off
Dead Ball Behind 5-Man Rods Ball goes to two-man rod nearest the spot of the dead ball
Between 5-Man Rods Ball goes to original server
Aerial Opponent receives ball on the 5-Man Rod
Third Time Out Requested Warning & loss of possession. Subsequent requests – Technical Foul
Charged Technical Foul
Technical Foul Shot Scored Ball goes to opponent for serve
Not Scored Ball goes to previous spot or where specified by rule
Spinning the Rod Opponent may continue play from current position or serve the ball
Jarring, Sliding, Lifting Table 1st/2nd Violation Opponent may continue play from current position, position of foul, or serve the ball
Subsequent Violations Technical foul plus same options listed above.
Resets Two resets on the same point after the first reset call: Technical Foul
Distraction 1st Violation Opponent may continue play or serve the ball
Subsequent Violations Technical foul.
Exceeding the Time Limit 2-Man / 5-Man Rods Ball goes to opponents 5-Man Rod for serve
3-Man Rod Ball goes to the opposing goalie
Passing a Pinned/Stopped Ball Ball goes to opponents 5-Man Rod for serve
3 Wall Violation Ball goes to opponents 5-Man Rod for serve
Delay of Game 1st Violation Warning
Subsequent Violations Time-Out Charged
Illegal Practice 1st Violation Warning and loss of possession to opposing 5-Man rod for serve
Subsequent Violations Technical Foul
Unsportsmanlike Conduct 1st Violation Warning
Subsequent Violations Technical Foul

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