The rules for sparring in a particular association or school are what that association or school says the rules are. These rules should be published, taught, emphasized, and posted so everyone is aware of them. The rules should be enforced strictly, fairly, and consistently, so that everyone (competitors, parents, and officials) knows what to expect and what to do. If you are unfamiliar with the rules where you train, ask your association, school, or instructor for a copy of the rules; some major associations have the rules posted on their websites.
With all laws and rules, you either obey them or pay the consequences. After obeying them, if you do not agree with them, either you may take action to have them changed or you may go somewhere where the laws and rules are more agreeable to you.
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