April 29, 2016 Leave a comment
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
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.