Rules & Regulations Update

Please note that an updated version of the Water Basketball Rules and Regulations is available on the Regulations page.

It is strongly recommended that all players, especially those new to the game, familiarise themselves with the rules. Not only will it make the program and games run smoother, it will also improve your game if you know how to benefit from them.

The referee calls/signalls guide in the Appendix is also a new initiative, which we hope will improve referee-player communication in the noisy pool environment.


About Water Basketball Tasmania
Water Basketball is a sport developed by The Hobart Aquatic Centre. It involves two teams of 6 players, who pass the ball down the pool to their goal end, which is a hoop similar to basketball. Each player wears flippers (and a cap to identify which team they are playing for). Goals are scored as two or three points depending how far from the goals you are.

3 Responses to Rules & Regulations Update

  1. Lisa says:

    great, thanks

  2. Lisa says:

    it would be good if we could recieve a summary of the rule changes, rather than having to filter through a whole document to identify things that may be different to what we thought they may have been!

    Also, it would be good to get an overview of some rule interpretations regularly through the blog. I understand that you have regular umpire meetings, perhaps you could pass on the agreed interpretations to all players so that there is a consistent understanding.

    I found this out the hard way last night! I now understand that it is okay for an attacking player to swim over and through the horizontal arms of a defending player as the arms are not in the ‘cylinder’. I have a couple of problems with this interpretation as I think it will increase the amount of physicality and contact in the sport and will be be difficult for umpires to identify at what point they were not in the cylinder and at which point it consitutes charging by the attacking player. I am envisaging a few heated arguments between players and refs (not on my part of course!) in this instance.

    • The summary was in the blog post Lisa. That bit you see there is what has been added.

      Ah, just noted this comment was made on the previous, more comprehensive, update. Oh well, as you could see from my above reply, this last change was done through a separate blog post, highlighting the change and providing some information around it. So, hopefully that will make it easier for you.

      With regards to the previous, larger change, as was explained during the C&U meeting, due to the size of the rules ‘overhaul’ required, we couldn’t go into every little change. There were no real changes anyway. Mainly reformatting, some merging of rules (duplicate throughout the document), some removal of ambiguity, etc. Sections added were specifically mentioned, such as Forfeiting and Complaints.

      The arms out bit was indeed not a rule change, but part of the clarifications, as the cylinder rule is long in existence and having your arms out to stop players not allowed. It is really the responsibility of the captains to attend the C&U meetings and subsequently inform their teams of any clarifications of rules. Having said that, I realise communication isn’t always easy, so I’ll do the following:

      1. Now that we have a reasonably resolved rulebook, I aim to highlight any changes via the site. This particular one was more a clarification or extension of current protocol than anything, so did not go through a C&U meeting, but you get the idea of the approach. Significant changes will go through C&U though, as per process you can see at outlined at the beginning of the rulebook. Teams have the ability to comment beforehand on proposed changes, they are then discussed in the C&U meeting and finalised by the board. After that, they are set, unless they truly don’t work well.

      2. Since I already create minutes of the Captain & Umpire meetings, next time, I will put them on the website.

      3. When useful, I will try and put 1 clarification with the round results (a bit like we did in the newsletters) in future.

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