2016 S1 Results R10

Thursday 28/04/2016

The Nuts 54 def Clownfish 27
Tony 28, Brett 13

Pink Pirates 37 def by Sea Snakes 42
Jen/Clinton each 14, John 22

Beached Az 52 def Brothers 44
Sam 26, Mitchell 20

Ducks 36 def by Sharks 38
Cole/Carrie each 10, Ellie 12

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Weekly Rule Highlight

Section 15 contains rules regarding a wide variety of minor fouls that you are encouraged to become familiar with. Two of its sub-sections, 15.2 and 15.3, talk about “positional advantage”.

In other words, the use of the pool environment or another player to gain an unfair positional advantage. So actions like holding on to, resting or pushing off from the goal, its fixtures, the sides, ends or bottom of the pool, or another player.

Common examples are players resting by holding onto the edges of the pool, standing on or pushing off the underwater pool ledges and pushing off the wall when trying to push a player out of the way (“but he/she was pushing me first” is not a good defence😉 ).

As you can see, that includes ‘resting’. While this is often allowed by the umpires, as there are often more important things going on during the game that require attention, it’s still considered an unfair advantage and you can be asked to stop hanging onto the edge.

There are some exceptions of course, where the umpire may give permission (explicitly or implicitly) for a player to hold onto the goal or sides of the pool in the event of injury or illness. The most common example here is cramp.

If the injury/illness is serious the player should try and make his/her way out of the pool preferably via the interchange area, but if that is not possible then simply the side/back of the pool is acceptable as well. This similarly applies for returning to the water, which of course should always be done with care.

2016 S1 Results R9

Thursday 21/04/2016

Pink Pirates 44 def by Beached Az 53
Nick 30, Sam 23

Sea Snakes 24 def by Ducks 46
John 12, Andrew 16

Brothers 22 def by The Nuts 62
Mitchell 8, Tony 36

Sharks 42 def Clownfish 30
Ellie 20, Melanie 10

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Weekly Rule Highlight

As explained in section 2.3 of the Regulations, players must remove jewellery and other articles likely to cause injury prior to the game (e.g. watches, rings, bracelets etc.).

The referee will assess and have the final say in whether wearing jewellery during the game presents a danger to any player (including the person wearing it) and if so, the item must either be removed or thoroughly covered with waterproof/resistant tape. If that is refused or not possible, the player will be excluded from the game.

2016 S1 Results R8

Thursday 14/04/2016

Sharks 48 def Sea Snakes 28
Ellie 26, John 18

Beached Az 42 def Clownfish 24
Sam 18, Dave/Brett each 8

The Nuts 53 def Ducks 38
Tony 25, Kyle 16

Pink Pirates 33 def by Brothers 44
Deanne/Clinton each 12, Anna 14

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Weekly Rule Highlight

Last week I highlighted the process for determining who starts the game. This week, we have a look at how the game, and each quarter, is started.

As outlined in sections 9.2-9.6 of the Regulations, at the start of each quarter the players of each team must all be completely on their designated half of the field. The umpire will then blow the whistle and the player of the team in possession must then pass the ball from the centre point (so you can’t start swimming with it as with free throws). If the starting team is ready and the defending team is still faffing about and only partly present, the umpires may choose to start the game regardless.

Each period will be started when the red or white dial reaches the top/12 o’clock mark on the 60 seconds pool clock (above the meeting rooms). The umpire usually clarifies this to all players by calling ‘red top’ or ‘white top’. In order to maintain game schedules, the timekeeper may begin timing at the scheduled game start prior the umpire signalling the start of play (in consultation with the umpire), if the teams are not ready.

2016 S1 Umpiring Roster Finalised

Just a quick post to let the umpires know that the remainder of the umpiring roster has been published on the Roster page.

As usual, John has taken the availability of umpires into account as much as possible, but should there be a conflict then please contact him directly.

2016 S1 Results R7

Thursday 7/04/2016

Pink Pirates 30 def Clownfish 22
Nick 20, Dave/Brett each 6

Sea Snakes 0 (forfeit) def by The Nuts 20

Sharks 44 def Ducks 38
Markus 22, Ron 14

Brothers 40 def by Beached Az 44
Mitchell 26, Sam/Daniel each 18

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

Weekly Rule Highlight

When doing the toss (if you can call it that when picking a hand) to determine who gets to start the game, the team that wins the toss usually chooses to start the game. However, not everyone knows that you do not have to start; you can choose a side to play from instead and have the other team start the game (see section 9.1 of the Regulations).

Since Water Basketball is an indoor game choosing a side is not often important. There have been times though, where the sunlight has been shining through the windows at the stands side and captains have chosen to start from the stands side, ensuring that they do not have to shoot against the sunlight.

Although not often done, the result of the toss must be recorded on the score sheet. This is particularly important to ensure that it is clear who has the first Neutral Ball. Note that the team that wins the toss gets the first neutral ball; so that means that even when that team chooses not to start the game, they will still get the first Neutral Ball.

Easter Break

Hi folks, just a reminder that there are no games today and no games next week due to the Easter break. The competition will resume on 7 April with Round 7.

Easter Ball Hope you all have a a great Easter break! And if anyone’s struggling for reasons to indulge in chocolate eggs, hot-cross buns and drinks, just remember, fat floats!😉

So, if you’re zipping across the pool a bit easier in Round 7, then we know what you’ve been up to! Unless you’ve had so much that you’re starting to displace water and find a pod of dolphins on your bow wave of course.

Happy Easter:-)

2016 S1 Results R6

Thursday 17/03/2016

Beached Az 48 drew Ducks 48
Sam 26, Cole 22
Note: this game was reported as a 48-50 victory for the Ducks on the night but while entering the score sheets Kyle spotted the scores had been incorrectly added up in the 3rd quarter and corrected it.

Pink Pirates 49 def Brothers 40
Nick 31, Mitchell 18

Clownfish 34 def by The Nuts 58
Dave/Brett each 14, Tony 36

Sea Snakes 14 def by Sharks 50
Caitlin 6, Ellie 20

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics.

NOTE to all captains and duty teams – can you please stay focused on correctly entering the score sheets and performing all other duties correctly? I.e. keeping time, scores on the boards and set-up/clear-up (ensuring all balls & equipment have been stored). In addition to last night’s mis-tally, which actually changed the outcome of the game, we regularly find errors on scoresheets, such as scores being attributed to the wrong person (in the same team), cap number confusion, incorrectly summing up, etc etc. For everyone’s benefit, including your own, let’s all try and get it right.

Weekly Rule Highlight

As described in section 7.4 of the Regulations; if a foul is committed and the player being fouled has the advantage or can even just play on immediately without obstruction, the umpires can choose to call “Advantage – Play On” (with or without blowing the whistle first).

“Play On” can also be called if both players committed a light minor foul on each other and neither was truly disadvantaged. So, more like a neutral ball situation created by two players bumping into each other at the same time while trying to get to the ball.

The umpires should ensure that neither player is, as I said, truly disadvantaged in this scenario, and that should be applied even more stringently when the game is close and in the fourth quarter (this is not a rule, but a recommended interpretation).

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