March 27, 2015 Leave a comment
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
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.