Sports are almost always a pretty big source of controversy; it’s just their nature to be. If they weren’t, they probably wouldn’t even exist. What do we mean by that? Well, in order for something to be a sport, it pretty much requires competition, and in order for something to be competitive, it almost necessarily requires the same sort of spirit that generates controversy – the drive to beat others, be better, and win. Well, the controversy we’re talking about today is a little bit different; today we are talking about sports rules.
Although the controversy in sports usually comes from the referee making a bad call, some doping allegations, or cheating in some form or another, the controversy we will be discussing today has to do with the structure of the sports themselves. To make it simple, we’re talking about rules. Although rules are necessary for every game and sport, many times the rules can be seen as stifling. They can actually make the competition less enjoyable than it otherwise would be. This is what we are concerning ourselves with today. The rules on our list range from downright silly to just completely unnecessary. These are 25 Sports Rules That Are Silly And Controversial!
In Kyokushin style karate, you aren't allowed to punch people in the head, but you are allowed to kick them in the head.
Yea, we know it’s to protect the puncher’s bare hands. But if we’re so worried about hurting ourselves, what about the guys head when he gets kicked? Shouldn’t that be protected too?
Note: it’s combat, we’re being sarcastic.
Every rule of ferret-legging
Seeing how long you can hold a ferret in your pants is in and of itself quite silly.
The seeker and snitch in quidditch
Ever since quidditch became an actual sport (we’re being serious – usquidditch.org), it has become apparent that JK Rowling never intended for humans to try playing it. The snitch was just a plot point to make Harry important, but now on college campuses all around the country, people are chasing “snitches.”
The amateur rule in the Olympics
At least back when it was in effect
Losing points in gymnastics if you don't have perfect hair
Now you know why every gymnast’s hair looks like plastic.