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RULE 25- STOPPING ON BALL
a. Subject to Rule 24.h, a player who has safely entered the Right of Way of another player along the established path that the ball has already traveled and who is following the ball may slow down or stop in that Right of Way, provided that players approaching from behind have sufficient time to go around. A player is considered to have entered along the “established path that the ball has already traveled” as opposed to the “projected path that the ball has yet to travel” once the ball is ahead of that player’s stirrup. This is true even if the player enters the projected path first, and the ball subsequently passes that player’s stirrup. However, the player may not slow down or stop in another player’s Right of Way in order to allow the ball to pass the stirrup.
b. A player who has safely entered the Right of Way of another player along the projected path that the ball has yet to travel, whether meeting or following the ball, may not slow down or stop in that other player’s Right of Way.
c. Delay of Game: A player in possession of the ball, marked by approximately 2 horse lengths or less by an opposing player, must keep moving if he or she is neither being blocked nor ridden off and therefore has the freedom to continue along the Right of Way. Should the player in possession of the ball either stop or reduce his or her speed to a walk, he or she may tap the ball only once and thereafter he or she (or any member of his or her team) must, within5 seconds, either hit away or run with the ball. An infraction of this rule will result in a penalty against the team in possession of the ball.

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