THE Rules CYCLE. The Rules in this new publication are effective from 1 MAY 2015 at NATIONAL level. State Associations have discretion to decide the date of implementation at national level. A starting date is specied but not an end date. In exceptional circumstances the National Dueball Federation (DFI) retains the right to make changes which will be notied to State Associations and same will be published on the DFI website:
The DFI Rules Committee regularly reviews all the Rules of Dueball. It takes account of information and observations from a wide variety of sources including State Dueball Associations, players, coaches, officials, media and spectators together with match and competition reports, video analysis, Rules trials and Tournament Regulations which vary the Rules. Ideas which have already been trialed with the DFI Rules Committee’s approval in local or limited circumstances are especially valuable. Rules changes can then be based on practical experience
It is the intention of the Rules and Competitions Committees to try and reduce as far as possible the number of variations to the Rules which occur through Tournament Regulations. These differences have led to some confusion on the part of players, officials, spectators and television audiences. The Rules of Dueball and DFI Tournament Regulations apply to all State Dueball Associations. The DFI Executive Board has agreed that the same Rules and DFI Tournament Regulations which vary the Rules of Dueball also apply to the top domestic League level of State Dueball Association. The Rules of Dueball apply to all levels of the game, and are effective from 1 MAY 2015 at NATIONAL level. It is important to note that State Associations have discretion to decide the date of their implementation at State level. Additionally, State Associations may apply to DFI to opt out of particular Rules at levels below their top domestic Leagues and/or for particular age groups, should they so wish. This approach helps bring the Rules and Regulations closer together, as well as negating the need for either Mandatory or Non-Mandatory Experimental Rules or Rules trials. A limited number of variations in the playing conditions through Regulation will continue to exist in top level NATIONAL matches played at DFI Tournaments. All matches must be played in accordance with the Rules of Dueball unless otherwise agreed by the DFI Rules Committee after submission by a State Dueball Association. The procedure for State Associations to apply to DFI to opt out of particular Rules or Regulations which vary the Rules of Dueball will be available from the DFI website.