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01/01 - 2019 |

For this Championship the following Rules apply.

 

  • ESMTC 2019 Terms of Competition and Local Rules

    1. GENERAL

    1.1     Eligibility of Teams     

    Teams are nominated by European Golf Association (EGA) Member National Golf Authorities.     If the number of entries should exceed the maximum (20), the Committee shall decide which teams will be invited to participate based on past participation, past results or both until a Division 2 is officially introduced.


    1.2     Eligibility of Players     

    All players nominated to teams by their national golf authority must be male and:

    a)     amateur golfers in accordance with the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by R&A Rules Limited;

    b)     citizens of the country represented. Players with dual citizenship may only represent one country per year;

    c)     playing with a handicap of 9.0 or better;

    d)     50 years or over as of 0.00 hrs on Day 1 of the Championship.     

    Penalty for Breach of Eligibility Term: disqualification of player


    1.3     Format     

    A maximum of 20 teams shall be eligible to participate and each shall comprise six players.     The Championship comprises two stages played in accordance with the 2019 Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited, the EGA Generic Terms of Competition and Local Rules, EGA Hard Card and the Local Rules as approved by the Championship Committee at the championship.


    1.3.1      Stage 1 - Stroke Play     

    There shall be two rounds of 18 holes stroke play on Days 1 and 2 to decide the seeded draw for the match play, which commences on Day 3.

         a)     Order of Play     
    Team captains will determine the order of play within their teams for Days 1 and 2 using the official order of play form. If the order of play form is not submitted to the Committee:
       I.     for Day 1, by 17h00 on the day preceding the Championship, the order of play will be determined alphabetically by surname;
       ​II.     for Day 2, by 17h00 on Day 1, the order of play will be the same as for Day 1.

         b)     Scoring     
    The lowest five scores from each team’s six players will count each day. The aggregate of the five lowest stroke play scores from play on Days 1 and 2 will constitute each team’s score.

         c)     Decision of Ties     
    A tie for any place in the match play order shall be decided using the lowest total of the two non-counting scores. If a tie still exists, the sum of the two lowest scores, one from each day, shall be used. For further ties, the sum of the two second lowest scores, the third lowest scores, the fourth lowest scores and, finally, the sum of the two fifth lowest scores, one from each day, shall be used. Any further tie will be decided based on the final 18, 9, 6, 3 holes or last hole of the best score from each of the tied teams.

         d)     Absentee Player     
    In the event that a registered team member cannot participate in a stroke play round and is not substituted as permitted in 1.4 (b), the team’s five scores will count. In the case of a decision of ties, the team with the absentee player shall finish last. If more than one player is absent, the team shall automatically assume last place in the match play draw.     
    The remaining players shall be permitted to play their stroke play rounds, which the committee may use to determine match play seeding when more than one team has two or more absentee players.


    1.3.2        Stage 2 - Match Play       

    All teams will play a one foursome and four singles match format.     
    The stroke play will determine a seeded order for the match play. A maximum of 20 teams will be divided into a first flight of eight teams: 1 vs 8; 2 vs 7; 3 vs 6  and 4 vs 5, second flight of eight teams: 9 vs 16; 10 vs 15; 11 vs 14; and 12 vs 13 and a third flight of four teams who will play a round-robin with the team qualifying 17th playing the teams qualifying 20th, 19th and 18th on Days 3, 4 and 5 respectively.     
    If there are fewer than 20 teams, the seeded draw will change according to a standardised EGA format.     

    A win in either a foursomes or singles match shall return one point, a tied match, half a point (see 1.3.2 (c)) and a loss, zero points to the team’s score. The results of the round robin will be determined based on points accumulated, with one point awarded for a win, half a point for a half, and zero for a loss. In the event of a tie, the final positions will be decided by the number of individual matches won and, if necessary, by the number of holes won.

         a)     Order of Play     
    On the eve of each match, Team Captains must provide the Committee with the order of play, using the official order of play form, for the foursomes and singles matches:
       I.     for Day 3 matches, no later than 30 minutes after the completion of the second round of stroke play;
       II.     for Day 4 and 5 matches, no later than 30 minutes after the completion of their team’s flight the previous Day.     

    Failure to submit the official order of play form on time will result in the order of play being determined alphabetically by surname.     
    Once the official deadline to submit the order of play form has expired, changes in the order of play are not permitted.     

    Exception: substitutes : see 1.4 (b).     
    Penalty for Breach of Term 1.3.2 (a):  disqualification of all players out of the pre-stated order of play.

         b)     Tied Match     
    In the event of a match being all square after 18 holes in any round, players shall continue to play until one wins a hole, when the match will be considered won.     
    Exception: Term 1.3.2 (c).

         c)     Concession of Matches     
    When a final team match result is already decided, an individual match may be tied if all participants in that match agree.     
    Note: after 18 holes or any extra hole(s), if the players in an individual match remain all square and the final result of the team match has been decided, the match in question will be tied.     
    Exception: if the matches within a flight are to be played as a round robin, players must only play until the end of the stipulated round which will not be extended into extra holes.

         d)     Absentee Players     
    In the event that one (several) registered team member(s) cannot participate in a match play round and is not substituted as permitted in 1.4 (b), matches shall be forfeited at a position within the order of play according to the following principles.
    I.     Foursome matches must not be forfeited 
    and must always be played.
    II.     If the “withdrawal” occurs before the official deadline to submit the order of play form has expired, the Team Captain will return the order of play form with the absentee player placed in the position of his or her choice in the singles and that match will be forfeited.
    III.     If the “withdrawal” occurs after the official deadline to submit the order of play form has expired,
         i. if the absentee player is listed to play in the singles: his match shall be forfeited,
         ii. if the absentee player is listed to play in the foursome, he will be replaced by one of the players listed to play in the singles. The replacement will be determined by lot and his single match shall be forfeited.     

    If fewer than four players are available to represent a team, that team must forfeit its match.     
    In the event that opposing teams would each have one or more absentee players, then these players would be deemed to have been paired together and to have tied their match. Should this require the re.pairing of matches, the player(s) in the match(es) impacted higher in the order of play will descend to play the player(s) in the other impacted match(es). A team match tied result would be decided by stroke play qualification position.


    1.4     Substitutions

         a)     Prior to the Start of the Championship     
    If a substitute player is required, the Committee must be notified, at the latest, 30 minutes before the first tee time on Day 1. After this deadline, the team must remain with the same players for the entire championship (exception see 1.4 b). A substitute player is permitted for any reason, but may not participate in the practice rounds until she has been officially substituted for a team member with permission from the Committee. 
    A breach of this Term may result in the substitute player not being permitted to compete.
         b)     After the Start of the Championship     
    If a substitute player is required, only for reasons of illness, injury or exceptional grounds acceptable to the Committee, the Team Captain, as long as he conforms with the eligibility Term (1.2), will be permitted to become a Playing Captain and he will take the position of the player he substitutes. The Committee must be notified of the substitution no later than 30 minutes prior to the team’s first tee time. Once such a substitution has been done, the team will remain with the same players until the end of the championship and the substituted player will not be permitted to compete any more. No other substitutions are permitted.


    1.5     Practice     

    A team player, team captain or advice giver will not be allowed to practice on the championship course for a period of fifteen days prior to the first official practice day, unless he or she is a member of the golf club at which the championship is being played.     
    Only registered team players and captain will be permitted to practice during the official practice rounds and in official practice areas.     
    See Section 1.4. for information on practice for substitutes.


    1.6     Team Captain and Advice (Rule 24)    

          a)     Team Captain (Rule 24.3)     
    Each team may name a Team Captain who must be an amateur golfer in accordance with the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by R&A Rules Limited. Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: disqualification of Team.
         b)     Advice (Rule 24.4)     
    Two advice givers may be named by each team from whom players in the team may ask and receive advice.  The first must be the Team Captain (see 1.6.a)) and the second may or may not be a professional golfer.     The advice givers must be identified to the Committee prior to the start of the championship.     The advice givers must not walk on the putting green when the ball of a team player is on the putting green.

    Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: general penalty


    1.7     Caddies     

    Rule 10.3a is modified in this way: a player must not have a professional golfer as his caddie during any round.     

    Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: the player gets the general penalty for each hole during which he is helped by such a caddie. If the breach happens or continues between two holes, the player gets the general penalty for the next hole.


    1.8     Disqualification     

    A penalty of disqualification for a breach of the Rules or the Terms of Competition applies only to the round in which the breach occurred unless otherwise determined by the Committee.     
    A disqualified team will assume last place in the Championship.

     

    2. PRIZES


    2.1    Title and Awards     

    The winning team of the Championship shall be the European Senior Men’s Team Champion for a period of one year. The Championship Trophy shall be held by the winners’ National Golf Authority, who will be responsible for the cost of engraving, insuring and maintaining the Trophy and returning it, before the next Championship, to an address named by the EGA Secretary.     
    The EGA will present medals to the members of the winning team and to the members of the second and third placed teams. Professional golfers nominated as advice givers may receive a medal in the absence of a non-playing amateur Team Captain.     
    The EGA will present the host club with a memento.     
    The host country will present all participants with a memento.                 

     

    EGA Championship Committee                 Revised: 31 January 2019

  • Generic Terms of Competition and Regolations

    1. GENERAL

    1.1 Rules of Golf All championships shall be played in accordance with the 2019 Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited, the EGA Hard Card, the specific Terms of Competition and the Generic Terms of Competition and Regulations herein.

    1.2 Gender Policy All Any player not complying with EGA Gender Policy guidelines or refusing measures for gender determination as recommended by the host country’s national sports council will be disqualified.

    1.3 Behaviour Players, captains and advice givers, should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times. Behaviour of the very highest order is expected by all players, captains or advice givers towards everyone involved in the Championship. Any player, captain or advice giver breaching the EGA Conduct Guidelines may be subject to disciplinary action by the Championship Committee.

    1.4 Starting Groups Wherever possible, the preferred starting format for the qualification rounds for European Team Championships involving sixteen teams and fewer, is two-ball flights.

     

    2. COMMITTEE

    2.1 Composition of Authority The EGA Championship Committee members present are responsible for the sporting aspects of the Championship and reserve the right to amend the Terms of Competition. The Committee may appoint Referees whose decision on the Rules of Golf will be final.

    2.2 Competition Cancelled or Altered The Committee reserves the right to cancel any round, stop or postpone play, cancel the competition or come to an equitable decision to achieve a result. In EGA Team Championships, a minimum of 18 holes stroke play must be completed by all players in order to attain a Championship result.

     

    3. ENTRIES AND WITHDRAWALS

    3.1 Entries Entries will only be accepted on the EGA official online entry system: www.ega-golf.ch. Late entries will not be accepted. An entrant’s or team’s entry will not have been officially received until his or its name has been posted on www.ega-golf.ch.

    3.2 Late Withdrawals Players who withdraw less than three days prior to the start of the Championship, other than for sickness or other special circumstances, may have their future entries rejected.

    3.3 Refunds Following Withdrawal a) Individual Championships: entry fees will only be refunded in the case of withdrawal being advised before the closing time for entries, except for those entrants who may be assigned to the reserve list and who do not subsequently compete, or those withdrawing for medical reasons (medical certificate required). b) Team Championships: entry fees will only be refunded following withdrawal if notice is received no later than 21 days before Day 1 of the Championship, unless there is a valid reason that is acceptable to the EGA.

    3.4 Authorisation of Entries All entries are subject to the approval of the Championship Committee, which reserves the right to disqualify any competitor making a false statement at his entry and to accept or refuse or, having accepted, subsequently reject any entry without giving reason for its decision.

     

    4. REGISTRATION

    a) Individual Championships: competitors are requested to register at the club house immediately on arrival, but not later than 12h00 on the day preceding the championship. A competitor’s failure to meet this deadline or to pre-notify the Committee of their pending arrival time may result in the competitor losing his/her starting field place.

    b) Team Championships: team players’ names should be submitted to the hosting national golf authority no later than 10 days prior to the first official practice round. Participating teams must register as soon as possible following their arrival at the championship venue. Team captains may register players’ names on behalf of their team.

     

    5. PRACTICE ROUNDS

    5.1 One ball only may be played during practice rounds, with the following exceptions: a) if a player misses the putting green with his shot to the putting green, he may play one additional shot; b) where the Rules of Golf apply (e.g. provisional ball); c) A player may practice putting, chipping or bunker play, provided play is not delayed. Players should discontinue such practice immediately when the following group is waiting to play.

    5.2 Transportation Players, team captains and advice givers must not ride on any form of transportation during any part of an official practice round unless authorised by the Committee. Failure to respect these Practice Rounds regulations will result in the discontinuance of the practice round.

     

    6. DISCLAIMER

    All players agree that there are certain risks inherent in the game of golf and accept personal and sole responsibility for all such risks.

     

    EGA Championship Committee Revised: 31 January 2019

  • Additional Local Rules & Terms of Competition 2019

    1. Out of Bounds.

    Out of Bounds is defined by the course-side level of white posts or lines.
    A ball coming to rest on or beyond the road to the left of holes 13 and 14 is Out of Bounds.

    2. All tents on the course are deemed to be Temporary Immovable Obstructions.
    Modal Local Rule F-23 is in effect. See the Notice Board for the full length of the rule.
    Penalty for playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of this Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a

    3. Ball Played from Outside Relief Area When Taking Back-On-The-Line-Relief

    Model Local Rule E-12: "When taking Back-On-the-Line relief, there is no additional penalty if a player plays a ball that was dropped in the relief area required by the relevant Rule (Rule 16.1c(2)17.1d(2)19.2b or 19.3b) but came to rest outside the relief area, so long as the ball, when played, is within one club-length of where it first touched the ground when dropped.

    This exemption from penalty applies even if the ball is played from nearer the hole than the reference point (but not if played from nearer the hole than the spot of the original ball or the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area).

    This Local Rule does not change the procedure for taking Back-On-the-Line relief under a relevant Rule. This means that the reference point and relief area are not changed by this Local Rule and that Rule 14.3c(2) can be applied by a player who drops a ball in the right way and it comes to rest outside the relief area, whether this occurs on the first or second drop."

    4. Replacement of Club that is Broken or Significantly Damaged

    Model Local Rule G-9: “Rule 4.1b(3) is modified in this way: If a player’s club is “broken or significantly damaged” during the round by the player or caddie, except in cases of abuse, the player may replace the club with any club under Rule 4.1b(4). When replacing a club, the player must immediately take the broken or significantly damaged club out of play, using the procedure in Rule 4.1c(1).”

    5. Clarification Rule 24.4b: Advice Giver Must Not Deliberately Stand Behind Player

    If an advice giver deliberately stands behind a player from when he or she starts to take a stance, if the player asks or authorizes the advice giver to do this, he or she gets the general penalty under Rule 10.2b(4) – see Rule 1.3c(1), first bullet point.

    If the player did not ask or authorize the advice giver to stand in that location but knows that this is not allowed and does not take reasonable steps to object or stop it from happening, the player gets the general penalty under Rule 10.2b(4) – see Rule 1.3c(1), second bullet point.

    6. Preferred Lies (Modal Local Rule E-3)

    "When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

    • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.

    • ​Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One scorecard length from the reference point, but with these limits:

    • ​Limits on Location of Relief Area:
      -Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and-
      -Must be in the general area.

    In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

    Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a."

  • Temporary Immovable Obstructions

    Purpose. When obstructions are temporarily placed on or next to the course, the Committee should specify whether they are movable obstructions (see Rule 15), immovable obstructions (see Rule 16) or temporary immovable obstructions ("TIOs").

    TIOs (such as a grandstand or a tent) are not normally present and are not considered to be part of the challenge of playing the course. Because of their temporary nature, this Local Rule provides an additional relief option that is not allowed from immovable obstructions, although the player can still choose to treat the TIO as if it were an immovable obstruction and use the relief procedures available in Rule 16.

    The additional relief provided by this Local Rule includes the ability for a player to take relief when the TIO is located on the straight line between his or her ball and the hole (known as "line of sight relief") by moving sideways, keeping the same distance from the hole, so that the TIO is no longer between the player's ball and the hole (also known as moving along the "equidistant arc").

    When a player takes relief from a TIO, whether under this Local Rule or the relief procedures in Rule 16, the player is guaranteed complete relief from physical interference. But only when relief is taken using the additional relief option under this Local Rule will the player be guaranteed complete relief from the TIO being on his or her line of sight.

     

    Model Local Rule F-23.

    "Definition of TIO: A temporary immovable obstruction (TIO) is a structure that is temporarily added on or next to the course, usually for a particular competition, and is fixed or not readily movable .

    Examples of TIOs are temporary tents, scoreboards, grandstands, television towers and toilets.

    TIOs include any supporting guy wires connected to them, except when the Committee decides the supporting guy wires are to be treated as immovable obstructions.

    The outermost edge of the TIO is used in determining whether a ball is under the TIO or whether the TIO is on the player's line of sight between the ball and the hole.

    Lines or stakes may be used to define the edges of a TIO or to connect multiple TIOs into a single, larger TIO.

    A TIO is different from an immovable obstruction and this Local Rule provides additional relief from interference by a TIO. This means that the player can choose to take relief by using either:

    • The procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16 as if the TIO were an immovable obstruction (this relief is also available when the ball lies in a penalty area or when the TIO is out of bounds), or

    • The additional relief option available under this Local Rule.

    a. When Relief Is Allowed

    Relief from a TIO is normally allowed when there is physical interference or line of sight interference from the TIO.

    Interference under this Local Rule means that the player has:

    • Physical interference,

    • Line of sight interference, or

    • ​Both physical and line of sight interference.

    (1) Meaning of Physical Interference by Temporary Immovable Obstruction. Physical interference exists when:

    • The player's ball touches or lies in or on a TIO, or

    • ​The TIO interferes with the player's area of intended stance or area of intended swing.

    (2) Meaning of Line of Sight Interference by Temporary Immovable Obstruction. Line of sight interference exists when:

    • The player's ball touches or lies in, on or under a TIO, or

    • The TIO is on the player's line of sight to the hole (that is, the TIO is located on the straight line between the ball and the hole), or

    • ​The ball is within one club-length, measured on an equidistant arc from the hole, of a spot where the TIO would be on the player's direct line of sight to the hole (this one club-length wide area is commonly referred to as the "corridor").

    (3) When No Relief Is Available Despite Having Interference. If the ball touches or is in or on the TIO, relief is always available.


    But when the ball neither touches nor is in or on the TIO, there is no relief under this Local Rule if any of the following applies:

    • From either physical interference or line of sight interference:
      -There is no relief when playing the ball as it lies would clearly be unreasonable because of something other than the TIO (such as when the player is unable to make a stroke because of where the ball lies in a bush outside the TIO), and
      -There is no relief when interference exists only because the player chooses a club, type of stance or swing or direction of play that is clearly unreasonable under the circumstances; and

    • From line of sight interference:
      -There is no relief when it is clearly unreasonable for a player to play the ball far enough that the ball will reach the TIO, and
      There is no relief when the player cannot show that there is a stroke that he or she could reasonably play that would both (a) have the TIO (including the corridor) on the line of that stroke, and (b) result in the ball finishing on a direct line to the hole.


    b. Relief from Interference for Ball in General Area

    If the player's ball is in the general area and there is interference by a TIO (including a TIO located out of bounds), the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

    • Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief where both physical and line of sight interference no longer exist.

    • Size of Relief Area from Reference Point: The entire area within one club-length from the reference point, but with these limits:

    • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
      - Must be in the general area,
      - Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
      -There must be complete relief from both physical and line of sight interference by the TIO.

    If the player has physical interference from the TIO, instead of using this relief procedure he or she may choose to take relief using the procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16.1b, treating the TIO as if it were an immovable obstruction. The relief procedure under Rule 16.1b is also available when the ball lies in a penalty area or when the TIO is out of bounds. See Clause f of this Local Rule for how to take relief.


    c. Relief from Interference for Ball in Bunker or Penalty Area.

    If the player's ball is in a bunker or a penalty area and there is interference by a TIO (including a TIO located out of bounds), the player may take either free relief or penalty relief:

    (1) Free Relief: Playing from Bunker or Penalty Area. The player may take free relief as provided in Clause b, except that the nearest point of complete relief where interference no longer exists, and the relief area must be in that bunker or penalty area.

    If there is no such point in that bunker or penalty area where interference no longer exists, the player may still take this relief as provided above by using the point of maximum available relief in the bunker or the penalty area as the reference point.

    (2) Penalty Relief: Playing from Outside Bunker or Penalty Area. For one penalty stroke, the player may drop the original ball or another ball in and play it from this relief area:

    • Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief not nearer the hole where both physical and line of sight interference no longer exist that is outside that bunker or penalty area.

    • Size of Relief Area from Reference Point: The entire area one club-length from the reference point, but with these limits:

    • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
      -Any area of the course other than in that bunker or penalty area or on any putting green,
      -Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
      -There must be complete relief from both physical and line of sight interference by the TIO.

    If the player has physical interference from the TIO, instead of using this relief procedure he or she may choose to take relief using the procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16.1b, treating the TIO as if it were an immovable obstruction. The relief procedure under Rule 16.1b is also available when the ball lies in a penalty area or when the TIO is out of bounds. See Clause f of this Local Rule for how to take relief.


    d. Relief When Ball in TIO Not Found

    If the player's ball has not been found but is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a TIO:

    • The player may take relief under this Local Rule by using the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the TIO on the course as the spot of the ball for purposes of finding the nearest point of complete relief.

    • Once the player puts another ball in play to take relief in this way:
      -The original ball is no longer in play and must not be played.
      -This is true even if it is then found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b)

    But if it is not known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in the TIO, the player must play under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.2).


    e. Committee Authority to Modify TIO Relief Procedures

    When adopting this Local Rule, the Committee may modify the relief procedures in Clauses b and c in either or both of the following ways: 

    (1) Optional or Mandatory Use of Dropping Zones. The Committee may permit or require a player to use a dropping zone as the relief area for taking relief under this Local Rule. When doing so, the Committee may add the dropping zone for relief from only physical interference or only line of sight interference or it may be used for relief from both types of interference.

    (2) "Either Side" Relief Option. The Committee may permit the player the option to take relief on the other side of a TIO in addition to the relief options allowed under Clauses b and c of this Local Rule. But the Committee may provide that either side relief is not allowed if the player is taking relief using the procedures in Rule 16.1.


    f. Player May Proceed Under Other Relief Rules

    (1) Taking Relief by Using the Procedures in Rule 16.1 or this Local Rule. If a player has physical interference from the TIO as defined in Clause a, the player may either:

    • Choose to use the relief procedures in Rule 16.1 or

    • Use this Local Rule.

    • But may not take relief under one of these options and then take relief under the other.


    If the player chooses to use the procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16.1, he or she must treat the TIO as if it is an immovable obstruction and take relief based on where the ball lies:

    • In the general area using the procedures in Rule 16.1b.

    • In a bunker using the procedures in Rule 16.1c.

    • In a penalty area using the procedures in Rule 16.1c as if the ball lies in a bunker.

    • On the putting green using the procedures in Rule 16.1d.


    (2) Taking Relief under Rule 17, 18 or 19. This Local Rule does not prevent the player from taking relief under Rule 17, 18 or 19 rather than taking TIO relief under this Local Rule.

     

    Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a."