Regulations Updated

A few changes to the Regulations were agreed during the recent Umpiring meeting of 16 Aug. The updated Regulations document has now been finalised and is available for downloading on the Regulations page.

The updated regulations will take effect as of September 6th/Round 6. All players, but captains and umpires in particular, please read ahead of this round and inform players.

Sections updated specifically:

12.5 & 13.2.2 – If the ball has crossed the goal/back line and the umpire is unable to determine which player touched the ball last, a Neutral Ball is awarded:

  • If the the Neutral Ball goes to the attacking team, the throw-in should be taken as a Corner Throw-in, in order to avoid unfair advantage.
    • Neutral ball rules still apply, so a pass must occur before a score can be made.
  • If the Neutral Ball is awarded to the defending team instead, the throw-in may be taken normally, from the spot the ball went out.

16.7 and most of 20 – The content of these sections has not intrinsically changed, but have been re-written to clarify the process. and available options. We expect you to re-familiarise yourself with these sections.

Beyond that, I’ve done some general tidying up, such as removal of references to THAC and other bits no longer accurate. E.g. 2 meter umpire calling the score, which is something we changed to the 3 meter umpire a long time ago and removal of the specific ‘Screening’ section, which we agreed a number of seasons ago is already adequately covered by the contact/barging fouls.

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