Easter & Forfeiting

Please note that there will not be any games over the Easter break April 22nd – May 1 inclusive (so basically, next week). This works out well, as this week will see the last round (11) of the first part of this season. From round 12 onwards, teams split into 2 divisions – the top 6 and the bottom 6 (as per end of this week). Teams only play other teams in their own division for the remainder of the roster. The aim is to post the roster for that part of the season on the website early next week. There will be the usual 3 divisions for the finals.

The poll regarding the roster structure shows a preference (14 out of 22 votes) towards playing each team twice per season. The board did consider this, but was unable to fit this into this season and decided to stick with the orginal (above mentioned as well as mentioned below the roster) structure and aim to re-structure the roster for next season in stead. The roster poll will be removed this week and replaced with a question regarding the game night structure.

A short note on teams that forfeit a game. Besides the rules listed under Section 19 of the Water Basketball Rules & Regulations, please note the following:

  • Teams, through their Captains, should notify at least 1 Board Member (preferably Peter Gardiner) and the opposing team captain as early as possible of an intended forfeit. Email addresses can be found in some of the emails the team captains have been receiving (we’re hesitant to put email addresses on the website as that might result in spam).
  • When a team forfeits, it’s usually not because all players can’t make it. If you discuss the forfeit ahead of time with a board member, then it is very likely that a scratch match can still be played (with fill-ins from the opposing or another team).
  • The second point above is especially important when your team is on Duty. If your team forfeits but is scheduled for Duty, you are still expected to be present for Duty, unless other arrangements have been made through consultation with the board. Not attending would leave up to four (!) other teams without anyone to score and time for them, which we’re sure you wouldn’t appreciate if that were to happen to you.
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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.

4 Responses to Easter & Forfeiting

  1. Lisa says:

    could i suggest so that we are able to play each other twice during the season and to avoid having a split competition, that the ‘growth team’ (aka Lobsters) is removed from the rostering of official games. this would mean that one team would have a bye each week, however to ensure pool usage and the ability to offer practice and training, offer a regular training game in which a growth team can take on regular players who are after a bit of shooting practice. this would also mean that it removes teams from ‘winning’ on forfeit each week too when they play the lobsters. perhaps have the growth team ‘rostered’ to play at the same timeslot each week (the second game on tuesdays) which would enable people to plan their weeks and commitments easier.

    • The roster as well as game night structures will still need to be discussed during the next board meeting, prior to next season. The Lobster team has been successful as an entry team (termed growth as it grows the competition), emulating match conditions and has resulted in 2 new teams over the last couple of seasons, so we’re likely to keep the concept alive but that too will be discussed.

      Once we get confirmation from all teams of their participation for next season, we can really start getting specific about the new roster and game night structures.

      Having a dedicated timeslot for the Lobster games/training matches is a new suggestion though and we’ll make sure to include it in the discussions as well.

    • Alanna Beck says:

      now that the second half of the roster is set, I think it is unfair to have one team in division 2 play the lobsters twice as this means they are automatically given 2 wins – since there is only one overlap – perhapse we could all just play each other once and commit the over lap game to a social game that is played after the finals keeping things evenly spread

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