Before starting an Arbitration Hearing, I have a conference with the attorneys. A principal reasons for that conference is to determine what rules the parties have agreed to follow in this arbitration. When I ask that question, in many cases, the body language of the attorneys indicates that they think I have no idea what I am asking. I go on to explain that there are many sets of rules for arbitration. The parties may, by agreement, adopt any sets of rules. I tell them that if I am going to referee a game, I need to know what game I am refereeing. There are different rules for football depending on whether it is NFL, college, or high school. Why not different rules for different arbitrations?