Rules to play Foosball
Official Time out
An official time out does not count towards the two time outs allowed per team per game. After an official time out, the ball is put back into play as though a regular time out were called.
If an official is not present at the start of the match, and a dispute arises during play, either team may request an official. Such a request can be made at any point during the match that the ball is stopped or dead.
The first request for an official is considered an official time out. The cost for the official will be split between the two teams.
If the defensive team makes a request for an official while the ball is in play and stopped, and the offensive team simultaneously attempts a pass or shot, the request for a time out will be treated as a distraction by the defensive team. Likewise, a request for an official while the ball is in motion will also be considered a distraction.
Any team subsequently requesting an official will automatically be charged with a time out. Such a request may only be made during a dead ball. The penalty for requesting another official while the ball is in play is a technical foul.
The Head Official will decide whether the request for a new official will be granted. If the request is granted, the team requesting the official must pay the full cost of the new official. The two officials will then judge the match. An official may be replaced only at the discretion of the Head Official.
If there are already two officials present, any request for a new official will be denied, and the team will be charged with a technical foul.
A team may not switch positions during an official time out, unless they are otherwise entitled to do so.
Table Maintenance Any necessary table maintenance, such as changing balls, tightening the men, etc., must be requested before the start of the match. The only time that a player may call a table maintenance time out during a match would be in the case of a sudden alteration to the table, such as a broken man, broken screw, crumbling bumper, bent rod, etc.
If a player figure is broken while in contact with the ball, an official time out will be declared while the rod is fixed. Play will resume on the rod where the player figure broke.
If the table lighting fails, play shall immediately stop at that point (as though an official time out were called).
Routine maintenance, such as spraying the rods, etc., should only be done during time outs and between games.
Foreign objects on field of play if an object should fall on the playfield, play shall immediately stop at that point. There should be nothing on the ends of the table that could fall onto the playfield.
Medical time out a player or team may request a medical time out. This request must be approved by the Tournament Director, the Head Official, and a member of the officiating staff. They will determine the length of the medical time out, up to a maximum or 60 minutes. A player who is physically unable to continue playing after that time must forfeit the match.
If the request for a medical time out is denied, the player will be charged with a time out. The player may also be penalized for delay of game , at the discretion of the official.
Medical time outs will typically be granted only for accidental or unexpected injuries incurred during the course of play.