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Bibliography: Olympic Rules

The titles listed here should be sufficient to answer most questions regarding the rules of sports, playing surfaces and fields, and equipment. It should be noted that international rules sometimes differ from professional and intercollegiate rules. Olympic rules can also vary, as they are sometimes modified by the international governing bodies in conjunction with the organizing committees of the individual games. The relevant international federation should be contacted for specific cases where the rules and their interpretation are in question. Addresses for the international federations may be found in the United States Olympic Committee Fact Book (to be found in the section of "Official Publications").

  • The Official World Encyclopedia of Sports and Games: the Rules, Techniques of Play and Equipment for Over 400 Sports and 1,000 Games, created by the Diagram Group; [editors, David Heidenstam, Paulin Meier, Jack Wilson] New York: Paddington Press: distributed by Grosset & Dunlap, 1979. 543 p.: ill.
    An abridged edition of two works: Rules of the Game, 1974; and The Way to Play, c1975.

    LC call number: GV1201.D48 1979R
    LC card number: 7910380

  • The Oxford Companion to Sports and Games, edited by John Arlott. London; New York: Oxford University Press, 1975. vii, 1143 p.: ill.
    LC call number: GV207.O93
    LC card number: 75319716

  • Rules of the Game: the Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of all the Sports of the World, by the Diagram Group. 1st rev. pbk. ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. 320 p.: ill. (some col.).
    LC call number: GV731.D52 1995
    LC card number: 9436062

  • Sports Rules Encyclopedia, edited by Jess R. White. 2nd ed. Champaign, Ill.: Leisure Press, 1990. x, 732 p.: ill. Includes bibliographical references.
    LC call number: GV731.S75 1990
    LC card number: 892280
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