2016-17 S2 Results R13

Thursday 25/05/2017

Clownfish 34 def by Ducks 40
Brett 14, Cole 18

The Nuts 52 def Beached Az 26
Jemma 34, Sam 16

Pink Pirates 27 def by Sharks 34
Nicole 10, Markus 16

Brothers 20 def Sea Snakes 0 (forfeit)

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

You may have heard someone call out ‘5-seconds’ or ‘holding the ball’. Usually by a hopeful defensive player calling out to the umpire. Rule 15.15 is hardly ever enforced though, because it only applies to stationary players:

For a stationary player in possession of the ball and under pressure by a defender failing to play the ball, preventing the flow of the game, for a period of time exceeding five (5) seconds. The attacking player will be deemed to be ‘holding the ball’

So, as soon as you move in any direction with the ball that 5 seconds resets (in the umpire’s head, so it’s not an exact science). I think this rule was initially intended more with the “preventing the flow of the game” part in mind. We may need to change or add to this rule at some point, because since it applies to stationary situations only, the defense can really only ‘force’ this foul when the player holding the ball is surrounded by 3 or 4 stationary defensive players and has nowhere to go. Since that’s very unlikely as it leaves a lot of attacking players open, the 5 second rule really only ends up being called on players who line up a shot and take too long considering all their life’s choices leading up to that point. Still a valid rule, since it holds up the game, but it doesn’t often happen.

These types of rule considerations usually get discussed at the umpire’s meetings and can lead to amendments to the regulations. This particular example doesn’t really negatively affect the game, so hasn’t yet been addressed. In the past, we’ve considered keeping the game dynamic by adding a time limitation on the offence (e.g. like 24 seconds in basketball) or 5 seconds per player even when that player is moving, but any of these restrictions are either quite difficult for the (volunteer) umpires to enforce, or require specialised clocks that are expensive and need to be managed by the duty teams. That’s an example where the cost/effort doesn’t really outweigh the benefit of maintaining a dynamic game.

If you have any concerns about certain rules, discuss them with your captain or the umpire(s) in your team who can ensure they are reviewed if needed.


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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