[BLML] How do you explain UI ruling to a novice? [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]

richard.hills at immi.gov.au richard.hills at immi.gov.au
Tue Sep 11 03:34:00 CEST 2012

2010 EBU White Book, clause 122.3:

Ruling at the table

When the TD arrives at the table, his manner should
be friendly, courteous, unbiased and completely
impersonal. He should ask "How can I help?"
Remember, the players may be already somewhat
disconcerted by an irregularity and could be on the
defensive. Anything the TD can do to relax and ease
the situation will be to his own advantage. The TD
will be able to think and comprehend more quickly,
and the players will find it easier to explain and listen
if the tension is relaxed. He should classify the
problem area as quickly as possible, ie auction, play
or ethics.

When the players see that the TD is ready to listen,
they may all start talking at once. In this sort of
situation, the TD should say something like "Just a
moment please, one at a time". He should indicate a
player, normally the one that called, and say "What is
the problem?". When he has received the answer,
he should confirm with the other players that the
situation is as stated. If he gets one statement from
the players, or one key word, and correlates it with
the situation as he has perceived it, he will be able to
listen much more knowledgeably and shorten his
ruling time considerably.

The TD should listen to the facts as related by all,
one at a time. At the completion of their statements,
he should verify that this is indeed what happened by
repeating it to the players sequentially and logically.
He should not try to make a ruling until he has been
able to do this. If he is not careful, he may be quoting
Laws, etc. that do not apply to the situation.

Once the TD has been able to verify what the
problem is, complete with agreement or
disagreement on the facts by all concerned, he
should quote the Law applying to the situation,
preferably by reading from the Law Book. He should
state the options and/or penalties that apply and stand
by to see that any options are selected and penalties

In judgement situations, involving claims of damage,
the TD should ensure that all players have stated in
sequence how they consider damage has occurred
and that they have nothing further to add. The TD
does not normally make a ruling or adjustment
immediately. In these cases he usually says that "I
wish to consider the problem more fully and will let all
of you know my decision as soon as possible. Score
it as played for the present.".

When ruling on a claim, play ceases, and judgement
is often concerned. The TD should make a
provisional ruling for scoring purposes, generally to
accept the claim, and should not make a full ruling
immediately. In these cases he usually says that "I
wish to consider the problem more fully and will let all
of you know my decision as soon as possible. Score
it as though the claim is valid for the present.".

When giving a judgement ruling, the TD should
inform the players of their right to appeal. At some
events, there may be an Appeals Advisor officially
appointed by the Tournament Organiser. If the players
wish to take advantage of this service, the TD should
introduce them to the Advisor in order that they may
discuss their case more fully before deciding whether
to proceed with a formal appeal.

After giving a judgement ruling the TD should ensure
that any adjustments are given to the scorer.

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