Round 8 Cancelled

DKHAC contacted me with some bad news; unfortunately they have a major issue with one of the pipes leading into the dive pool that requires an urgent major fix. Parts are due to arrive late Wednesday meaning that the dive pool will need to be closed for the entire day of Thursday the 20th September and possibly Friday. If these works are not undertaken ASAP the dive pool may be out for longer.

I’ve presented a number of options to the captains via email today and we agreed on cancelling next week’s games (round 8/20 Sep) completely, which was the least of all negatives. The consequences of this are that not every team plays each team twice and there is slightly less bang for buck for each player, depending on how your team arranged the fees. Note that we will retain the funds and put that towards equipment, which then benefits all anyway.

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2018-19 S1 Results R7

Thursday 13/09/2018

Ducks 40 def Brothers 36
Kyle/Shane/Nicki each 8, Eliza 18

The Sisters 18 def by The Nuts 38
Clare 10, Jemma 30

Sharks 57 def Beached Az 47
Markus 27, Sam 29

Clownfish 28 def Sheep Stations 20
Natalie 14, Clinton 12

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

Section 15.3 basically deals with holding onto, leaning on or pushing off the sides of the pool or baskets, which is not allowed, unless in the event of injury (including cramp) or illness.

15.3 To gain positional advantage by holding on to, resting or pushing off from the goal or their fixtures or by holding on to, resting or pushing off from the sides or ends of the pool during actual play except with the permission of the umpire.

15.3.1 The umpire may give permission for a player to hold onto the goal or sides of the pool in the event of injury or illness.

If you are injured or ill and can’t participate in play, it is recommended that you exit the pool in the quickest and easiest way. Note, that if you then return to play, you must do so in a considered manner without risk to others.

Officially, returning to the pool should only be done via the substitution area, but umpires do make an exception when someone has briefly left the pool to stretch out some cramp etc, and then returns to the water before play has returned to that area. It is risky, and therefore not acceptable, to re-enter the pool where there are other players and the game is in full progress.

2018-19 S1 Results R6

Thursday 6/09/2018

Sheep Stations 41 def by Beached Az 49
Rob 24, Sam 22

Ducks 26 def by Clownfish 34
Nicki 8, Natalie 20

Brothers 28 def by The Nuts 59
Lisa 18, Tony 27

The Sisters 30 def by Sharks 38
Clare/Carrie each 12, Markus 16

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

In addition to the amended Neutral Ball rule, sections 16 (Gross Misconduct/Dangerous Play) and 20 (Complaints) were amended to clarify the process.

Please read those sections so you understand what constitues a gross misconduct foul, what the immediate penalties are and what the process is for resolution of subsequent complaints.

From an umpire’s perspective, the process during the game is along the following lines:

  1. Keep on top of rough play by awarding fouls etc. Umpires should know the on/off the ball process (3m umpire watches on the ball, 2m umpire off the ball).
  2. Umpires chat with/warn players during the game. If this takes significant time, that time may be added to the game. This makes timekeeping a bit more difficult, but where it concerns a tight game or finals, it can be worth it.
  3. Umpires speak to players/captains during break.
  4. Next step (if the above hasn’t worked or the incidents warrants it immediately), is to sideline the relevant player(s) for the remainder of the quarter, or the rest of the game.
  5. A player can be ejected from the game, or from the centre completely. If the player refuses, this can lead to his/her team forfeiting the game.
  6. Report all incidents to the Chief Umpire (Tony). Ideally on the night in person and if that is not an option then by email.
  7. If an incident warrants a follow-up, then this will proceed through the Section 20 Complaints process.

As mentioned before, at the end of the day we’re all in this together with the aim to have a good time. Each player should take responsibility for his/her own actions, treat others with respect and just because you feel slighted, this does not give you the right to retalliate.

Play well, but act your best 🙂

Regulations Updated

A few changes to the Regulations were agreed during the recent Umpiring meeting of 16 Aug. The updated Regulations document has now been finalised and is available for downloading on the Regulations page.

The updated regulations will take effect as of September 6th/Round 6. All players, but captains and umpires in particular, please read ahead of this round and inform players.

Sections updated specifically:

12.5 & 13.2.2 – If the ball has crossed the goal/back line and the umpire is unable to determine which player touched the ball last, a Neutral Ball is awarded:

  • If the the Neutral Ball goes to the attacking team, the throw-in should be taken as a Corner Throw-in, in order to avoid unfair advantage.
    • Neutral ball rules still apply, so a pass must occur before a score can be made.
  • If the Neutral Ball is awarded to the defending team instead, the throw-in may be taken normally, from the spot the ball went out.

16.7 and most of 20 – The content of these sections has not intrinsically changed, but have been re-written to clarify the process. and available options. We expect you to re-familiarise yourself with these sections.

Beyond that, I’ve done some general tidying up, such as removal of references to THAC and other bits no longer accurate. E.g. 2 meter umpire calling the score, which is something we changed to the 3 meter umpire a long time ago and removal of the specific ‘Screening’ section, which we agreed a number of seasons ago is already adequately covered by the contact/barging fouls.

2018-19 S1 Results R5

Thursday 30/08/2018

Clownfish 29 def by The Nuts 58
Julie 8, Jemma 30

Beached Az 42 def The Sisters 25
Wes 18, Rebecca/Shaun each 10

Sheep Stations 18 def by Brothers 24
Greer 12, Anna 16

Sharks 32 def Ducks 30
Markus 14, Nicki 12

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

Any player entering the pool during game play must do so via the Substitution area at the centre line (s.5).

Entering the field of play in any other manner may result in a minor foul and turn over to be taken from the half-way line if the offending team is in possession of the ball at the time.

If the offending team is not in possession then the player must leave the field while play continues and the player must re-enter through the Substitution area. In this scenario, play will only be stopped by the umpire if the in-possession team suffers any disadvantage from the illegal entry, or if there is a potential risk of harm to any player.

2018-19 S1 Results R4

Thursday 23/08/2018

The Sisters 33 def by Sheep Stations 43
Clare 14, Jen 16

The Nuts 48 def Ducks 28
Tony 36, Jayden 10

Beached Az 40 def by Brothers 42
Sam 16, Anna 18

Sharks 38 def Clownfish 32
Markus/Ellie each 16, Julie 10

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

As outlined in 14.7, whenever a player takes any kind of free throw (regular free throw, neutral ball, goal line throw in (after score), corner, side line (after ball goes out), penalty):

  1. no opposing player within 2 metres of the player taking the Free Throw may contest (defend) the taking of the throw or obstruct mechanics of the throw in any way; and
  2. no opposing player may be closer than 1 metre of the player taking the Free Throw.

The umpires may allow opposing players to be slightly within the 1-metre radius where practical, as long as the main aim of not interfering with the free throw is achieved.

2018-19 S1 Full Umpiring Roster

Please see the Roster page for the 2018-19 S1 full umpiring roster.

Tony has taken unavailability into account as much as possible, but please check your assigned games ahead of time to make sure you’ll be able to umpire.