What sport has the most confusing rules?

Jump to Last Post 1-18 of 18 discussions (20 posts)
  1. Stickypony profile image66
    Stickyponyposted 11 years ago

    What sport has the most confusing rules?

    I would say american football, I never seen something so confusing! big_smile what do you think?

  2. IDONO profile image60
    IDONOposted 11 years ago

    You would think, but have you ever seen a P.G.A. golf rule book? Yes, golf. It is nuts. And there are rules for things that you and me couldn'y possibly think of.  It's a very old game so I guess that would explain some of that. Just for fun, look it up. A lot of the rules will actually crack you up.

  3. adjkp25 profile image90
    adjkp25posted 11 years ago

    I would go with American football.  I don't have a problem following it but I do admit some rules are a bit weird.  A good example is that an offense can only have a certain amount of players on the line of scrimmage, the others have to be a step back; does that extra foot or two really make that much of a difference?

    My wife is no fan of the game but I have a hard time explaining some rules to her because they are confusing.

  4. Bozoplay profile image63
    Bozoplayposted 11 years ago

    Hands down it is golf. The rule writers need to look at basic common sense and understand that not everyone is a scratch golfer. There needs to be a rule book written for the majority of golfers which are weekend duffers. Two pages would be long enough and most of it would say just move your ball to help speed of play and make the game safer. No point in hitting in the trees and breaking clubs. No one can really understand a Scotsmen when he speaks English, so it is no wonder the rules of golf are so messed up.

  5. gsidley profile image69
    gsidleyposted 11 years ago

    As an Englishman, I find American Football impossible to fathom. I may have had a different view if I had grown up with it as a popular national sport. In the same vein, I would suspect that the rules of cricket are confusing to the uninitiated; understanding the LBW (Leg Before Wicket) laws on their own is a major challenge. And then there is the Duckworth-Lewis method of calculating who has won a rain-affected game, where only Pythagoras possesses the mathematical skills to come up with the right answer!

    1. Gina145 profile image69
      Gina145posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not convinced that the Duckworth-Lewis method itself knows the right answer.  Sometimes the targets it comes up with seem to make no sense at all.

  6. juneaukid profile image72
    juneaukidposted 11 years ago

    Cricket! I tried to watch a cricket match in Dublin Ireland but could not make heads nor tails of it.

  7. multiculturalsoul profile image69
    multiculturalsoulposted 11 years ago

    American baseball can be confusing at times but nothing like American football. I compiled my gripes and confusions into a Hub recently to better instruct the American football-challenged:

    http://multiculturalsoul.hubpages.com/h … wers-Guide

    I have been watching American football since 1967, and though I understand most things, some rules and penalties seem ironic, counterproductive, and illogical. That's the NFL (No Fun League) for you.

  8. simondixie profile image73
    simondixieposted 11 years ago

    American football....I agree with Stickpony....I've never seen anything so confusing either.

  9. Donnacha C profile image71
    Donnacha Cposted 11 years ago

    cricket: without doubt is one of the most complicated sport out there

  10. NotPC profile image58
    NotPCposted 11 years ago

    Australian Rules Football is way more confusing than American Football... or perhaps Australian Footie. Both are crazy confusing!

  11. point2make profile image61
    point2makeposted 11 years ago

    I think basketball would be my choice...I can never seem to understand the travelling rule. On the highlights you often see players running many steps before dunking and the travelling rule doesn't seem to apply. Goaltending and giving fouls are other areas that I find confusing about basketball.

    1. adjkp25 profile image90
      adjkp25posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Don't feel bad, the refs don't understand traveling either.

  12. teaches12345 profile image77
    teaches12345posted 11 years ago

    I agree.  Football is so interesting, but the rules are confusing.  I enjoy watching it but still am not sure of what "first in ten" means, etc.  And then they change some ruling every season -- why?

  13. josephbarrett profile image57
    josephbarrettposted 11 years ago

    I also thinks in the same way about football. I am agree with you because in my opinoin, american football is the most confusing game.

  14. Critical Thinker1 profile image59
    Critical Thinker1posted 11 years ago

    I think the answer to this question depends on the person answering. As a lifelong hockey fan I am still unclear about many of the rules and the continuous rule changes but I understand the sport, its objectives, strategies, basic structure. Rule changes don't affect the fundamentals of the sport so they don't make hockey any more or less confusing for me. If you understand the essence of the game rules make sense, but if you are learning the sport mainly by looking at rules you'll have a harder time. Constant rules changes also create confusion.
    Cricket is the most confusing sport for me (I know nothing about the game itself).

  15. nanderson500 profile image79
    nanderson500posted 10 years ago

    Probably (American) football, even though it's my favorite sport. It has a dizzying array of rules, some of which are more than a bit quirky. There are so many rules that even the referees seem to have trouble keeping them straight.

  16. profile image51
    Eric dickensposted 8 years ago

    It is the worst sport I ever seen. It is the boringest sport I ever seen

  17. ryan-cd profile image58
    ryan-cdposted 7 years ago

    I agree with others here, for me its American Football.

  18. Yogitech207 profile image49
    Yogitech207posted 4 years ago

    Cricket is for sure the most complicated and confusing game for me. DLS rule should be abolished and match ruined due to rain should be called off or rescheduled.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)