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General Principles

Woodball game is conducted in accordance with the Rules & Regulations set by the organizing committee and the International Woodball Rules.

All players are required to complete their session of game from the first through to the twelfth fairway, or its multiple fairways as stipulated. The final outcome is determined by the total stroke count in play.
For players who have not completed the game upon any one of the fairway or discontinues playing, their result will not be counted.

The System of Competition

Type of Competition

(1) Singles Competition: The individual as a competition unit.

(2) Doubles Competition: The pair (same sex) or mixed (opposite sex) as a competition unit.

(3) Teams Competition: The team may consist from 4 and up to 6 players as a competition unit.

Method of Competition

(1) Stroke Competition: The competitor who completed twelve fairways or its multiple fairways with the lowest strokes shall be the winner.

(2) Fairway Competition: The competitor who had won the greater number out of the twelve fairways or its multiple fairways with the lowest strokes shall be the winner.

Procedure of Competition

The Start of Play

(1) As the referee announces the start of play, players should begin their game in accordance with the order of play set by organizing committee or by draw lot basis.

(2) For the player who arrived 5 minutes late to his/her session or refuses to play after the referee announced the start of play, his/her should be disqualified from the competition.

(3) As the player enters into the starting area, other players should retreat to the rear of the starting area for safety sake.

(4) In first shot, the ball in play should be positioned within the starting area and is facing towards the direction of the gate.

Process of Play
(1) The ball in play which passes through the metal rod of the gate, behind the cup and distance away from each other, is regarded as completion of one fairway competition. If the ball passing through the metal rod of the gate were in the back of the cup and still in contact with the cup, the player has to continue to play in the same direction of passing through the metal of the gate.

Should the ball in play pass through the gate and rolls back into contact with the cup, it is still considered as completion of one fairway, as witnessed by the referee/linesman or by the majority of players in the same session. Should players in the same session are unable to reach agreement; decision will be made by the position of the static ball.

(2) The ball in play that rolls out the ground outside the boundary is regarded out of bound.

The ball in play that rolls out of the boundary line and then back in touch with the line, is regarded as out of bounds as witnessed by the referee/linesman or by the majority of players in the same session. Should players in the same session are unable to reach agreement; decision will be made by the position of the static ball.

(3) When out of bounds and prior to the player’s next turn to strike, ball should be placed at least a woodball length outside of the fairway. Upon the player’s turn, the ball should be taken back and placed at the position where the point the ball rolled out of the boundary is taken as the center with a radius of 2 mallet heads, but a penalty stroke will be applied.

(4) If the ball in play falls or rolls into obstacles such as holes, trees, grove, pools, etc, that cannot be played, it can be removed from the obstacle, with the entered point of the ball as its center, apply rules of play for out of bounds. Alternatively, the ball can be re-positioned anywhere behind the obstacle on the fairway, but a penalty stroke will be applied.

(5) Whenever a player begins to swing his/her mallet, others in the same session should move to the rear of the player, or retreat to the sides of the fairway, at a safety distance of 3 meters or more.

(6) Whether in front or behind the gate, balls on the fairway can be directly played in attempt to pass through the gate.

(7) In the event of natural contingencies, whether the game is to continue should be announced by the organizing committee.

(8) When all players in the same session completed their games on a fairway, then its session can begin games on the following fairway. Games on all the fairways are to conduct in the same manner.

(9) Order of first shot in each fairway is to follow the rotation sequence of the order of play.

(10) During play, the player may request to change his/her equipment, and it is permitted after inspected by the organizer. The ball in play is only changeable after each fairway played (excluding the case that the ball is damaged).

(11) Should the player hit the ball and simultaneously broke the mallet, it is then counted as one stroke, and request for re-play is not allowed.

(12) Should the ball on the fairway bumped by another from a different fairway, play is to resume from its new position static. In event of the ball bumped out of bounds, related penalty stroke is not applied.

(13) No matter whose ball it is, players should not touch the balls on the fairway with any part of their body or equipment.

(14) Whenever the player is to attack the gate or makes a shot, he/she should hold the mallet’s grip shaft by its upper end, not close to mallet head.

(15) Whether the player is to attack the gate or to make a shot, the mallet should not be placed/action between the legs.

(16) When the 5 meters for attacking line is marked at the said distance from the gate, and the ball in play passes through the gate, the successful player will have one stroke subtracted from his/her score for that one fairway competition.

(17) When the 30 meters for passing line is marked at the said distance from the starting line (on medium or long distanced fairways only), and the ball in play does not pass beyond the marked 30 meter line, a penalty stroke will be applied. Out of bounds and its penalties will apply regardless to out of bounds occur within or beyond the 30 meter line.

Outcome of Play

(1) Each player should have his/her records of stroke count for each fairway and the total stroke count for all the twelve fairways or its multiple fairways; otherwise, his/her result shall not be calculated.

(2) Decision of Outcome:
A. Stroke Competition: a. For singles competition, the outcome is determined after players complete the stipulated twelve or its multiple fairways. The player who scores the least strokes is the winner. In case of players who secured the same strokes, whoever scores the least stroke by fairways amongst the last twelve fairways is the winner. Accordingly, the result shall be evaluated in the same manner or the organizing committee shall construct alternate methods to determine the winner.

b. For teams competition, the outcome is determined by the total stroke count based on best 4 players’ scores in the team. The team with lowest strokes is the winner. In case of teams who secured the same strokes, whichever team with the player that secured the least strokes among the last twelve fairways shall be the winner. Accordingly, the team result shall be evaluated in the same manner. If the result is still the same, the organizing committee will construct alternate methods to decide the winner.

B. Fairway Competition:
The outcome is determined by the greater number of fairways won. In case of players who secured the same number of fairways won, additional games on fairways set by the organizing committee are to be played until the results are determined.

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