I’ll always note when the last change was made on our IFPA/PAPA ruleset page here:
I included a link to PAPA’s change log that should hopefully show the changes that continue to get made over time.
With respect to this rule being added, I know Mark is concerned about Pinburgh being on a glossy concrete surface that is insanely easy to slide games around like they are on ice. This has led to them going the rubber foot route, which has led to him writing up this paragraph to handle the “What happens if . . .” situations that will no doubt happen.
As a proponent of the ‘slide save’ personally I think rubber feet are the devil, however I can understand the need to oversee player conduct in situations where a game can be moved across a material amount of space. Even without rubber feet, people sliding a Congo 6 feet to the right butting up to the game next to it impacts not only the next Congo player (is the game still level?), but also impacts the player next to it (maybe that person now can’t flip without touching the hand of the player that’s next on Congo). All of this is possible without the game having tilted, but certainly falls within the realm of ‘interference’ as part of player conduct.
I see a future at some point for taping an area where the leg leveler is either in an acceptable position, or it’s not, and the current player must leave the game within that area before the next player goes up to play or else they would receive a score of 0.
For now, we (IFPA) have no problem following PAPA’s lead on explicitly calling out how to handle games with rubber feet.
With respect to Joe’s ‘what if’ questions, the deciding factor after confirming with MHS is whether any portion of the leg leveler is physically in contact with the ground. If any portion of it is, then it’s a 0 for that player. If any portion of it isn’t even though the leveler isn’t settled in the cup fully, then it’s play on.
As for players not realizing if/when it became dislodged, that’s an easy one. When you go up to play, you are responsible for the state of the game after you start playing. So do a quick check if you are able, because if you start playing the game with the leg leveler out of the cup, and the next player goes up and calls a TD over about it, that previous player is going to be held responsible.