Doug Hoffmann MGA Tournament Director PGA Master Professional Direct: (952) 345-3963, or MGA: (800) 642-4405, x. 963 Cell: (612) 964-4249 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda • Opening Remarks • MSHSL Conduct & Official Policies • Rules of Golf • Adjourn • Sign Attendance Sheets & pick up “Code” sheet on way out
Pick up your “Code” sheet after the meeting. Logon to www.mshsl.org Click on the “verify rules meeting” link on the front page. Enter your code. You need two if you coach BOTH the Girls’ & Boys’ teams! Deadline isApril 7th VARSITY HEAD COACHES . . .
Official MSHSL Athletic Bylaws for Boys and Girls Golf • Found at MSHSL web site; AD can give coach password to access • Conduct Policies • No caddies • Unsportsmanlike Conduct • 1st Offense: Two-stroke penalty • 2nd Offense: Disqualification Supported by Rules of Golf per 2004 revision
Official MSHSL Athletic Bylaws for Boys and Girls Golf • Advice (Decision 6-4/5.3 – Parent carrying umbrella, rain suit, etc.) • MSHSL “One-Ball” Rule • Motorized carts and pull carts prohibited unless covered by ADA • Apply for permit from MSHSL • Must have written response from E.D. each time exception is to be exercised
Official MSHSL Athletic By-laws for Boys and Girls Golf • Coaching on Course • Invitational events only w/permission from League Office • Between time flagstick is in hole to when first player steps on next teeing ground • Scorecards • Each player keeps card for group • Scorecards are matched at conclusion to make sure all agree before signed • Player signs own card plus one marking
Coaches, are you hosting a meet or tournament? Then you become “The Committee”
Rule 33: The Committee • The Committee is responsible for: • Defining and marking the course • Establishing and publishing Local Rules • Creating groups and setting starting times • Creating a score card for each player • Creating a “Scoring Area”
“Preferred Lies” and “Winter Rules” “Specimen” Local Rule (page 108) requires that the position of the ball MUST be marked when lifted. A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). Specify area within which to place (scorecard, club length) Ball must be placed with hand. If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or the ball moves in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke. Appendix I – Recommended Local Rule
Informative Web Sites • MSHSL www.mshsl.org • USGA www.usga.org • R&A www.royalandancient.org • Great source of rules quizzes/tests and on-line rules and decisions book • MGA www.mngolf.org • TeeMaster www.teemaster.com • Minnesota Section PGA Junior Golf www.minnesotajuniorgolf.com
The 2008-2009 Rules of Golf by the United States Golf Association and the R&A Rules Limited.
The Language - Key Words • The Ball - The Ball in Play • A Ball - Any Ball • Must - Mandatory • May - Optional • Should - Strongly Recommended • Deemed - judged to be (treated as)
Definitions • The most important thing a player can do to become better with the Rules is to learn the definitions!! • If you don’t know the definitions, you cannot understand the Rules!! • 51 Definitions • Coaches, if you don’t do anything else with the Rules, have your athletes study the definitions!
Play the ball as it lies (Rule 13-1). Don’t touch the ball unless a Rule permits.
Don’t press anything down (Rule 13-2).
“Must Correct” Rules • “Must correct” before a specific time otherwise result in DQ penalty (stroke play only) • Failure to play from within the teeing ground • Failure to hole out • Failure to correct play of a wrong ball • Failure to correct a “serious breach” of playing from the wrong place • Failure to sign the scorecard before leaving the scoring area
The Most Common Rules Rules 23-28
Rule 23 - Loose Impediments Loose impediments are natural objects (such as stones and leaves) not fixed or growing, not solidly embedded and not adhering to the ball (Rule 23).
Rule 23 - Loose Impediments You may move them unless the loose impediment and your ball lie in or touch the same hazard (Rule 23-1).
Rule 23-1. Relief Except when both the loose impediment and the ball touch the same hazard, any loose impediment may be moved without penalty If the ball moves during the removal, other than on the putting green, the player incurs a one-stroke penalty and the ball must be replaced. On the putting green, if the ball moves as a result of removing the loose impediment, no penalty and the ball must be replaced. When a ball is in motion, no loose impediment may be moved if it might influence the movement of the ball. Rule 23 Loose Impediments
Rule 24 - Obstructions Obstructions are artificial (i.e., man-made) objects. Movable Immovable
Rule 24 - Obstructions Objects defining out of bounds such as fence posts or stakes and immovable artificial objects out of bounds are not obstructions (Rule 24). Therefore: No Relief!!!! Beck video
Rule 24 - Obstructions Movable obstructions anywheremay be moved. If your ball moves, replace it without penalty (Rule 24-1). Cabrera 2 videos
Definition of “Nearest Point of Relief” • It is the point on the course nearest to where the ball lies: • that is not nearer the hole, and • where, if the ball were so positioned, no interference by the condition from which relief is sought would exist for the stroke the player would have made from the original position if the condition were not there. (i.e. “complete relief”) • Four things linked: • “Nearest Point of Relief” -- One club-length • Free drop -- Rules 24 & 25
24-2. Immovable Obstruction a.INTERFERENCE --lie of ball, stance, area of intended swing or line of putt b.RELIEF • Through the Green: If the ball lies through the green and the player wishes to take relief, the player must lift the ball and drop it without penalty within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. • In a Bunker: If the ball lies in a bunker, must drop in the bunker or, under penalty of one stroke, may drop behind the bunker, keeping that point between the ball and the hole. Water Hazard: If the ball lies in a water hazard, the player is not entitled to relief from an immovable obstruction. Player must take relief under Rule 26 (Water Hazards).
24-2. Immovable Obstructions 3 1 • Shows “nearest point of relief” • Shows relief may be different for a right-handed player vs. left-handed player • Shows the one club-length from the “nearest point of relief” 2
24-2. Immovable Obstructions In a bunker, drop in the bunker, and on the putting green place in the nearest position which affords relief, not nearer the hole. Relief is free!! Also, the player may drop behind the bunker keeping the point where the ball lay between himself and the hole, but it will cost him a stroke to do so.
24-2. Immovable Obstructions There is no relief for intervention on your line of play (“line of flight”).
Rule 25 - Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball and Wrong Putting Green If you have interference with casual water, ground under repair or, a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, you may drop without penalty within one club-length of the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. No Relief if your ball lies in a water hazard!
Rule 26 - Water Hazards It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward a water hazard is in the hazard. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the hazard. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1 (Lost Ball). “Known or virtually certain” is new language for 2008. It replaces “reasonable evidence.”
(Direct) Water Hazard (3 options) 1. Play the ball as it lies. No Penalty, or Under penalty of one stroke: 2. Play a ball under the stroke and distance procedure. 3. Drop behind the hazard keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped. 1 3 2
Lateral Water Hazard 5 options-Same 3 plus 2 1. Play the ball as it lies. Under penalty of one stroke: 2. Play a ball under the stroke and distance procedure. 3. Drop behind the hazard keeping the point between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped. 4. Drop 2 club-lengths from the point of entry into the hazard. 5. Drop 2 club-lengths from point on the opposite margin, equidistant from the hole. 5 1 4 3 2
What do I do if a hazard is not marked? While “The Committee” is responsible for making sure the course is properly marked; some times this doesn’t happen. The MSHSL “rule” is that the edge of the water serves as the boundary. For consistency, treat all unmarked hazards as “Lateral Hazards.”
Lost or Out of Bounds (Rule 27) What determines if a ball is lost? 1 – Can’t find or I.D. the ball within five minutes after beginning a search for it. 2 – Played a provisional ball from where the original is likely to be or from a position nearer the hole. 3 – Put another ball into play under penalty of stroke and distance. *4 – Put another ball into play because it is known or virtually certain that the ball, which has not been found, has been moved by an outside agency, is in an obstruction, is in an abnormal ground condition or is in a water hazard; or *5 – The player has made a stroke at a substituted ball. * - New for 2008
Rule 27 – Ball Lost or Out of Bounds If your ball is lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, add one penalty stroke and play another ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (Rule 27-1).
Rule 27–2: Provisional Ball “That one might be out, I’d better hit a provisional ball” If your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds, you should play a provisional ball before you go forward to look for the original, provided you announce your intention to do so. NOTE: Be sure to use the “magic P word” – Provisional.
Rule 28 - Ball Unplayable The player may declare his ball unplayable at any place on the course except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable. If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he has three options: Each includes a one stroke penalty
Rule 28 - Ball Unplayable Relief Options (all include one-stroke penalty) 1. Stroke and Distance 2. Drop a ball, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped. 3 3. Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer to hole. 2 1 Tee
Rule 17 - Flagstick If your ball played from the putting green strikes the flagstick, in stroke play you incur a two-stroke penalty (Rule 17-3). There is no penalty if you move a flagstick that is lying on the ground while a ball is in motion if you believe the ball will strike it. (New for 2008)
Rule 20 – Lifting, Dropping and Placing; Playing from a Wrong Place Rule 20-2. Dropping & Re-Dropping a. By Whom and How When dropping, stand erect, hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length and drop it.
Rule 20-2a. Dropping & Re-Dropping If a dropped ball strikes the player or his partner, caddie or equipment, it must be re-dropped without penalty (Rule 20-2a). “NO DROP” NO Limit
Rule 20 – Lifting, Dropping and Placing; Playing from a Wrong Place • Dropped ball is in play when leaves hand (not when it comes to rest). • Decision 27-1/2 • Once ball is dropped, ball is in play • If original ball is found within 5 minutes and before substituted (dropped) ball is played, player must continue with substituted ball. • If play original ball, it is a wrong ball and player incurs a two-stroke penalty.
Rule 20-2. Dropping & Re-dropping c. WHEN TO RE-DROP A ball must be re-dropped without penalty if it: (i) rolls into and comes to rest in a hazard;
Rule 20-2. Dropping & Re-dropping c. WHEN TO RE-DROP A ball must be re-dropped without penalty if it: (ii) rolls out of and comes to rest outside a hazard;
Rule 20-2. Dropping & Re-dropping c. WHEN TO RE-DROP A ball must be re-dropped without penalty if it: (iii) rolls onto and comes to rest on a putting green;
Rule 20-2. Dropping & Re-dropping c. WHEN TO RE-DROP A ball must be re-dropped without penalty if it: (iv) rolls and comes to rest out of bounds;