Should players be allowed to use their headphones to listen to the tournament stream of a tournament in which they themselves are competing?
I’ve seen this question occasionally raised. However, I haven’t seen this definitively stated anywhere (including in the “Headphones while playing” thread).
I’m pretty sure the answer should be the same as for looking up PinTips while playing …
A player may review electronic or written notes in between turns of a multiplayer game or between games, but not during their own turn or between balls of a single-player game.
(from the PAPA/IFPA Competition Rules, section I.9.)
…which is basically the same as the rule on coaching…
Coaching of any player during a game, in any round, is not allowed. While not actively playing, players are of course free to discuss features and strategies as much as they like, including between balls during a game…
(also in section I.9.)
However, I also know some people hate rules that are hard to enforce. (Is he listening to Twitch or Rick Astley?)
So I thought I’d post the question here to get a consensus.