April 7, 2017 Leave a comment
Sharks 42 def Beached Az 29
Markus 20, Alison 12
Sea Snakes 0 (forfeit) def by Ducks 20
Brothers 30 def by The Nuts 50
Sam 18, Georgie 26
Pink Pirates 18 def by Clownfish 23
Jen 10, Brett 10
Rule Highlight of the Week
Section 15 contains rules regarding a wide variety of minor fouls that you are encouraged to become familiar with. Two of its sub-sections, 15.2 and 15.3, talk about “positional advantage”.
In other words, the use of the pool environment or another player to gain an unfair positional advantage. Common examples are players resting by holding onto the edges of the pool, standing on or pushing off the underwater pool ledges and pushing off the wall when trying to push a player out of the way or get some momentum.
As you can see, that includes ‘resting’. While this is often allowed by the umpires, as there are often more important things going on during the game that require attention, it’s still considered an unfair advantage and you can be asked to stop hanging onto the edge.
There are some exceptions of course, where the umpire may give permission (explicitly or implicitly) for a player to hold onto the goal or sides of the pool in the event of injury or illness. The most common example here is cramp.
If the injury/illness is serious the player should try and make his/her way out of the pool preferably via the interchange area, but if that is not possible then simply the side/back of the pool is acceptable as well.
If serious, the umpire may at their discretion suspend the game for not more than three minutes, in which case he shall instruct the timekeeper as to when the stoppage period is to commence (S18).
To resume play, time is started again and the team in possession of the ball at the time of the stoppage shall put the ball into play at the place of stoppage when the play is resumed. The player who puts the ball back in play after a stoppage is not permitted to shoot for goal (so like a Neutral Ball).
Players returning to the water (at any time) should do so via the interchange area. The only exception to this is when the break has been quick (e.g. to adjust a fin or stretch out cramp) and the area of re-entry is not crowded (e.g. if a defensive player is returning to the water and the attack has progressed past the 3 meter line, then it may not be safe or fair to return and you should probably wait until your team goes back into attack).