Rules & Regulations Update

We’ve all been there, you’re trying hard to play as best you can for your team, but the referee thinks you’re trying a bit too hard. You’re defending and the referee simply won’t see some of the things that are to your disadvantage. It seems all foul calls are going against your team; It’s just not fair.

Well, welcome to the world of competitive sport. Or welcome to the world we should say, as life isn’t always fair, nor are game officials machines that can see everything.

The Water Basketball Referees are all volunteers, who sacrifice their personal time, to help out to the best of their ability and are instrumental in making the Water Basketball Program work. No Referees, no Water Basketball.

So, first and foremost, players should treat this wonderful resource respectfully, as they would like to be treated themselves. Then, should you wish to raise a particular issue with the referee, this should be done at appropriate times and in an appropriate manner. To clarify exactly what is expected of players in this regard, the Section 20. Complaints has been expanded with the following points:

20.6 If players feel a referee is making inconsistent calls or is deemed unprofessional, the referees (preferably with both in attendance) may be approached during breaks and raise their concerns in a calm and rational manner.
20.6.1 Discussing issues with referees during the breaks should be done in a short, concise manner, as breaks are limited to 2 minutes.
20.6.2 As noted under 20.1.1, if an issue is raised with the referee, the player must either be accompanied by his/her captain, or raised by the captain on his/her behalf.
20.7 If players still have concerns after the game then they can ask the referee if they can discuss aspects of the game. This should be done in a calm and rational manner and involve the player’s captain.
20.8 If a player or team captain still feels aggrieved that their issues have not been listened to, they may be written on the back of the scoresheet, named, dated and signed by both the player and the captain.
20.8.1 The scoresheet will then be passed formally onto the Chief Referee, after which the issue will be addressed in a rational, unbiased and calm manner after the event.
20.8.2 The referee then has the right of reply.
20.8.3 The Chief Umpire on behalf of the Board will then respond to the issues raised by the player or team in due course after all sides of the situation have been reviewed. If needed, a mediation session, as per 20.4, may be arranged.

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.


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.

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