In watching the Summer Olympic Games, I realized that there are only a few sports that have rules in place for temporarily removing a player after committing a violation. Water polo allows the official to remove a player, creating a “man down” advantage for the opposing team. Lacrosse is similar. During winter, in ice hockey, if a skater commits certain types of fouls, the official sends them to the penalty box for a measured time period. The opposing team has a “power play” opportunity to score.
Of course, in nearly every sport, there are rules that award sanctions against a player that violates the rules. In soccer, a single “red card” penalty can result in permanent removal (without substitution); in … Read More