2015 S1 Results R10

Thursday 23/04/2015

The Nuts 48 def Ducks 30
Tony 40, Kyle/Sophie each 10

Pink Pirates 28 def Clownfish 24
Jen/Michelle each 8, Sam 12

Sharks 60 def Sea Snakes 28
Phillip 36, Leah 10

Beached Az 40 def Brothers 38
Alison 18, Mitchell 22

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

This week we’re having a look at the Corner Throw-In (S. 12.5). Obviously, the corner is awarded when the ball goes over the baseline when last touched by the defending team, but perhaps less obvious is what ‘over the baseline’ means. The baseline side of the pool has a black line (somewhat underwater) and the ball is considered to be out of play when the majority of the ball has passed that line.

Any player on the attacking team can take the Corner Throw-in from the pool corner on the side nearest to where the ball crossed the goal line. The player taking the corner is counted as one of the maximum 2 players of that team allowed in the 2 meter area. Once the player is in place, the umpire will blow the whistle and raise the arm to signal that the corner may be taken. Like regular free throws, you may swim with the ball (at which point the umpires will call ‘Play On!’, pass the ball (obviously keeping in mind the max 2 in the key rule) or attempt to score directly from the corner throw-in.

In cases where it’s unclear who last touched the ball, players are encouraged (and often do, which is great to see) to let the umpires know they touched the ball last. If however it cannot be determined, a neutral ball is awarded to the team whose turn it is to receive the neutral ball. Note, that normal Neutral Ball rules (S. 13) apply, so that means that if the attacking team receives the Neutral Ball, they do not have to take a corner but can take it from the spot the ball went out. As with Neutral Ball situations though, the player may not score from it and has to pass first.

2015 S1 Results R9

Thursday 16/04/2015

Pink Pirates 49 def Sharks 42
Nick 28, Markus 18

Clownfish 39 def by Beached Az 42
Brett 16, Sam 30

Sea Snakes 29 def by The Nuts 62
John 13, Jamie 42

Brothers 36 def Ducks 22
Mitchell 14, Ron 10

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

The Neutral Ball (S. 13) follows similar rules as a regular Free Throw, but there are some differences.

A Neutral Ball is awarded first to the team that won the toss and alternates throughout the game from there on. It is generally awarded in cases where:

  • the umpire is unable to clearly (enough) determine which team committed the foul (e.g. simultaneous possession of the ball or jointly tapping it over a sideline, etc.);
  • the players involved both commit the foul at the same time (within acceptable limits – e.g. if player A commits a minor foul while player B commits a gross misconduct foul, the umpires should interpret that particular event in accordance with the circumstances and within the context of the game);
  • when the ball is out of play but not not out of bounds (e.g. stuck between the ring and the backboard).

Finally, note that a player is not permitted to score a goal from a Neutral Throw. So you will always have to pass it to someone else first before a scoring attempt may be made, even if you swum away with it and ‘Play On!’ has been called.

2015 S1 Results R8

Thursday 2/04/2015

Brothers 56 def Clownfish 34
Mitchell 24, Brett 14

Sharks 46 def Ducks 34
Phillip 24, Sophie 14

The Nuts 53 def Beached Az 34
Tony 26, Sam 18

Pink Pirates 20 def Sea Snakes 0 (forfeit)

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

Lastly, a reminder that there will be no games next week due to the Easter break. The competition will resume with Round 9 on the 16th of April.

Until then, enjoy the break and have a very eggy Easter!


2015 S1 Results R7

Thursday 26/03/2015

Pink Pirates 35 def Ducks 16
Michelle/Nick each 12, Kyle 6

Clownfish 24 def by The Nuts 44
Sam 16, Jamie 30

Brothers 34 def by Beached Az 44
Susannah/Mitchell each 8, Sam 18

Sea Snakes 18 def by Sharks 56
John 8, Phillip 30

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

This week we’re focusing on a specific part of the contact & barging rules; what happens when players swim backwards (see Section 15.18-21 of the Regulations)

The most obvious scenario is that a player, with or without the ball, swims backwards into another player who is already in position. That is a barge and will be called depending on the severity. E.g. If an attacking player with the ball swims backward into an in-position defending player and makes hard physical contact; it is a clear barge. If in that example soft or no contact is made instead and the attacking player stops immediately, then the umpires will generally wait a moment to see how play develops. If the attacking player were to keep pushing backwards, the foul would then be called.

Another scenario where players move backwards is when shooting or passing the ball and in that act makes contact with a defending player behind them, who is already in position. So the attacking player would have moved backwards, close to a defending player but not so much as to make contact, and then moved the arm back for the shot or pass. In that case, assuming the defender has the arms straight up and does not impede, it is technically an offensive contact foul. Umpires do not generally call that foul when contact is made softly in the act of a shot (since it’s to the disadvantage of the attacking player anyway), but will do so if the contact impact on the defending player is severe enough. Obviously, if the defending player is not in position and moves into the back of the shooting/passing player, then the defender is committing an impeding foul instead.

A third and last scenario is that of rebounding, where backward contact is mainly made in two ways. Firstly, a player might boxes out incorrectly; which means that they protect their space initially, but then commit the foul by moving backwards and pushing the player behind them out of the way. Secondly, contact can be made when a shot misses, the player goes up to grab or tip the ball and lands backwards onto another player (can also happen when trying to catch or intercept a ball elsewhere on the field). These are both contact fouls and, although sometimes difficult for the umpires to spot, will certainly be called if severe.

2015 S1 Results R6

Thursday 19/03/2015

Sharks 40 def Beached Az 38
Markus 18, Alison 20

Pink Pirates 37 def Sea Snakes 17
Michelle 16, Sylvester 9

Ducks 29 def by The Nuts 62
Kyle/Andrew each 8, Jamie 42

Clownfish 30 def by Brothers 58
Sam 22, Susannah 26

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

As outlined in Section 5 of the Regulations, at any time during a game a player may be substituted by leaving the field of play through the “Interchange” area by diving below the rope and surfacing in the field of play. Technically the substitute player may only enter the field of play from the Interchange area as soon the exiting player has visibly risen to the surface of the water within the Interchange area, although this is generally not enforced by the umpires, unless this is abused and some unfair advantage is gained.

The game continues during substitution (and during minor incidents such as cramp or a lost fin for that matter). Any non-substitute player entry to the field of play (e.g. a late arrival) must take place through the Interchange area. Entering the field of play pool in any other manner may result in a minor foul and turn over to be taken from the half-way line. If not in possession then the player must leave the field while play continues (will only be stopped by the umpire if the in-possession team suffers disadvantage) and the player must re-enter through the Interchange area.

2015 S1 Results R5

Thursday 12/03/2015

Sea Snakes 16 def by The Nuts 63
Nikole 10, Jamie 26

Beached Az 42 def Clownfish 36
Alison 24, Sam 16

Sharks 38 def Ducks 32
Markus 14, Andrew 10

Brothers 28 def by Pink Pirates 32
Susannah/Mitchell each 10, Deanne 16

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

As with most ball sports, water basketball is played in an environment where people interact closely together, are generally competitive and aim for the best for themselves and their team. So, as is common in these types of situations, that means there will be times when there is physical and/or verbal contact. The players themselves and to a further degree the Regulations, enforced by our volunteer umpires, are there to ensure all this remains within acceptable limits and it must be pointed out that during the majority of game time throughout the past years that works quite well; mainly due to players understanding & managing their physical and verbal impact and to a further degree through the rules and umpires.

There are however times when you find yourself in a situation where there is some interaction with other players, verbally or physically, that either may not be heard or seen by the umpires and/or is within the boundaries of the Regulations but simply not appreciated by you.

In those cases we encourage you to address it as follows:

  1. Talk to the player (or umpire if you have a problem with him/her) first. Confrontations can be difficult, especially for shy people (and we all have a bit of that), which means these conversations may come across a bit abrupt or harsh at first. Take the time to calm down, think about what you’d like to say and then talk to the player either during the game or during the break. Chances are the other player is not even aware you’re experiencing their actions negatively and will usually try to do you the courtesy of changing their behaviour somewhat (swapping players could work as well).
  2. If that doesn’t work, then talk to your captain, who can discuss it with the other captain. Preferably do that in the presence of the umpires during the break.

As we’re all adults and there for a good time, further action is generally not needed, but please note that additional information and the entire escalation path can be viewed in Section 20 of the Regulations.

2015 S1 Results R4

Thursday 5/03/2015

Clownfish 46 def Sharks 36
Sam 32, Markus 20

The Nuts 48 def Pink Pirates 33
Jamie 24, Nick 15

Beached Az 48 def Ducks 31
Sam 24, Kyle 13

Brothers 34 def Sea Snakes 20
Susannah 12, Nikole 8

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.


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