It’s situations like this that I feel hold back the legitimacy of our sport. I’ll start by stating, from what I know, all the rules were followed as they should. I place zero blame or irritation towards the player or TD but I did want to bring this up here for discussion.
Last night, I was set up for a pretty good chance to make finals in league. In this situation, all I needed was player A to not take 1st and player C to take 2nd at the same time. Unfortunately, for me that is what happened (yeah, I know, play better) but technically I played enough to be “in” the event with 4 1st finishes and 2 3rds.
What occurred - Player 1 earned an extra ball (we play on location) and our rule is that ball must be plunged. Player 1 did this as they were supposed to but then player B, for some reason came up to the game and flipped the ball which happened to shoot it to a scoop that started a mode. This mode obviously didn’t complete but it is one you get pitty points for just starting (corvette). Those pitty points took player A’s score past what Players C’s score wound up being and as such, the only out for me to not making the finals occurred.
The rules state that the points earned by another player “playing out of turn” are still rewarded to the initial player. As such, the correct ruling was made, in accordance to the current rules, and Player A kept their points.
Player A felt bad about it but at the end of the day, they earned their spot and I have no hard will towards him. I was pretty irritated at the player that played his extra ball. This is the point I blame the rules. How, in any type of sport, does this become the correct outcome based off the rules of the game?
Yes, I know, a bit of sour grapes but these things pop up on occasion where everyone knows what “should” happen but the rules force a different outcome. Curious your thoughts on the above and also what other situations fall in this category.