2014 S2 Results R8

Thursday 18/09/2014

Plankton 50 def Clownfish 36
Jo 26, Sam 16

Beached Az 26 def by The Nuts 28
Wes 12, Jamie 10

Pink Pirates 24 def by Sharks 46
Jen/Clinton/Deanne each 6, Phillip 20

Ducks 27 def by Brothers 45
Ron 18, Will 19

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

We’ve seen information on Free Throws, Throw-ins and Neutral ball situations here, but there is also a type of ‘throw’ we haven’t seen, mainly due to it hardly ever happening, which is the Penalty Shot (S. 17 of the Regulations).

The penalty shot is taken in front of goal on the two meter line and generally worth two points if successful (see 17.3 below for exception). There are a few specific situations, listed under 17.1, for which a Penalty Shot may be awarded. Somewhat summarised, they are as follows:

  • A player commits a gross misconduct (S. 16) foul in the last minute of the game or during extra time and the umpire believes the intent was to prevent a possible goal being scored or to waste time (17.1.1).
  • If an excluded player intentionally interferes with play (17.1.2).
  • A defensive player interferes with the basket (17.1.3 and 17.1.4).
  • A player commits a “Technical Foul” (17.1.5). The term “Technical Foul” should actually be Gross Misconduct foul (S. 16), which will be amended in the next iteration of the Regulations. So, this means that if a player commits a Gross Misconduct foul, the opposing team (through any of its players) may take a penalty shot.

A successful Penalty Shot is awarded two points for any of the above breaches (so under 17.1), occur inside the 3-meter line or three points if they occur outside the 3-meter line (17.3). It’s been a while since these rules have been reviewed, but it seems 17.3 is somewhat generic. E.g. what to do when an excluded player (17.1.2) interferes with play; is that outside the 2-meter area and therefore 3 points?

It appears that the intent of that rule was to ensure that if a player was fouled (gross misconduct – 17.1.1) in the act of a shot or took a shot that was interfered with (17.1.3 and 17.1.4) outside the 3-meter line, that the subsequent penalty shot count would reflect that. Otherwise a 3-point score could for example be spoiled by interfering with the basket in favour of the subsequent 2-point penalty shot. Since there are also some other inconsistencies in S. 17, it will be reviewed in its entirety at the next Umpires Meeting, but until then all umpires are advised to interpret 17.3 in the manner suggested here (so 2/3 point consideration depends on whether and where a shot was being taken at the time).

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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.

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