Regulations Update

As the game of Water Basketball evolves and tactics are introduced, it is the responsibility of the Board and Umpires to manage these changes to ensure that the game remains fair and enjoyable for all. To a large extent this is achieved by implementing and (consistently) enforcing regulations that minimise ambiguous situations that can escalate into conflict.

For example, Screening is becoming a more commonly used tactic now and is regularly resulting in contact, with umpires sometimes not entirely clear on how to deal with this. Therefore the below new rules have been developed by the Board, reviewed and agreed to by the Umpires and will apply as of this season’s Round 13 on 28-Oct-15. We normally try to avoid introducing new rules during the season, but the Screening rule is a type of foul that is already covered by existing Contact and Barging rules, so it’s more a specific clarification than anything.

Therefore, note that the Screening rules should be read in conjunction with the rest of the Regulations.

15.22 Screening is an attempt by a player (screen setter) to delay or prevent an opponent (screen receiver) without the ball from reaching a desired position on the playing court.

15.22.1 A player who sets an illegal screen is, depending on the type of contact, deemed to be committing a Contact, Impeding or Swimming-under violation. Legal screening is when the screen setter: Was stationary when contact occurs. Screens with the cylinder and not the arms.
15.22.2 If the screen receiver is aware of the legal screen being in place then strict barging rules apply.

15.22.3 If the screen receiver can’t reasonably see the screen then relaxed barging rules apply; meaning that if the contact with the screen setter is light and the screen receiver stops immediately upon that contact, play continues (Play On can be called for clarity). Alternatively, if the screen receiver keeps moving into the screen (hard or softly) or the contact is of significant impact, then barging is called on the screen receiver.

15.22.4 If a player, who is leading the screen receiver into the screen, pushes/nudges the screen receiver in the process then normal barging/contact rules apply to that player.

If you have any questions regarding this addition, please approach Dave or John on a game night.


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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