2017-18 S1 Results R14

Thursday 9/11/2017

The Nuts 42 def Clownfish 34
Jemma 36, Brett 20

Ducks 36 def Brothers 35
Ron/Nicki each 8, Jess 13

Beached Az 42 def by Sea Serpents 46
Wes 24, Caitlin 34

Pink Pirates 29 def by Sharks 30
Rob 10, Ellie 12

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

This concludes the regular part of the season and we will now proceed to the Finals period, with the Quarter finals on 16 Nov, Semi Finals on 23 Nov and Grand Finals on 30 Nov. The Finals roster has been published on the Roster page.

Brush up on your understanding of the Regulations (in particular Sections 3.4 and 6.7) and if there are any special arrangements to be made for your team (fill-ins etc), please do so as soon as possible with the captain of the opposing team and a member of the Board.

Thanks everyone for another great season so far and good luck in the finals!

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2017-18 S1 Results R11

Thursday 12/10/2017

Ducks 30 def by Sharks 45
Andrew 14, Markus 21

Brothers 22 def by The Nuts 36
Jo 6, Jemma 26

Sea Serpents 0 (forfeit) def by Pink Pirates 20

Beached Az 37 def by Clownfish 41
Wes 18, Brett 17

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

All fill-ins (both new and existing players) should not be written into the team’s list of registered players. Fill-in’s should be written into, surprisingly, the FILL-IN sections of the sheet, which are the 2 spots in the separate section below the team list. You should then, in the FILL-IN section, circle Y or N in front of the name to indicate whether the player is registered with another team or not, so the duty team knows whether their goals will count. Captains, please make sure you assist your players with this process.

As outlined in Section 3, new players will not be added to your team list until the captain updates the team registration sheet and submits it to Kyle and Dave. If a player is not registered (which must be done after playing 3 times with the team and to play finals), the player will be considered a fill-in and not be eligible for Top Scorers’ and Best & Fairest points.

2017-18 S1 Results R10

Thursday 5/10/2017

The Nuts 62 def Beached Az 36
Tony 40, Wes 20

Clownfish 36 def Sea Serpents 34
Brett 18, Cole 22

Pink Pirates 48 def Ducks 30
Rob 22, Ron 8

Sharks 14 def by Brothers 36
Caitlin 8, Jo 14

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

Note that next week’s 8:30PM 50M Sea Serpents v Pink Pirates game is cancelled due to a Sea Serpent forfeit. The booking for that timeslot has been cancelled, so the 50m pool baskets should be removed after the 7:45pm game and that pool is not to be used after 8:30pm.

Weekly Rule Highlight

Water Basketball is similar to Basketball in the sense that it’s a non-contact sport, but some contact is unavoidable. It’s the nature of the contact, whether an advantage is gained and the intent that determines whether umpires let it go or whether they cal a contact foul as outlined in Section 15.19-15.23 of the Regulations.

Depending in the severity, intentional contact, such as grabbing, pushing or hitting an opponent can easily be considered a Gross Misconduct/Dangerous Play foul. While sports like Water Polo are more tolerant of these types of fouls, they are unacceptable in Water Basketball. Unlike in regular Basketball though, umpires cannot always see what goes on underwater and as a result, unchecked this behaviour can escalate quite easily into arguments between players and a bad experience for all involved.

This behaviour should be dealt with in an escalating manner (see Section 20 of the Regulations):

  1. We start, normally, by having a conversation with the person involved. Possibly this involves the captain of both teams.
  2. If that is unsuccessful, the Chief Umpire and possibly the Association’s President can be involved to mediate and help resolve the issue.
  3. The final point of escalation is a decision by the Board (or selection thereof if there is a conflict of interest), such as dismissed/not guilty, warning or suspension (possibly indefinite).

Luckily it has never come to that last point, since most players are relaxed and there for a good time or the player in question has stopped playing out of their own accord, but it’s good to be aware of the process nonetheless.

2017-18 S1 Results R9

Thursday 21/09/2017

Clownfish 25 def by Pink Pirates 35
Dave 7, Nicole 10

Sea Serpents 42 def Sharks 30
Caitlin 14, Markus 14

Ducks 29 def by The Nuts 50
Andrew 13, Jemma 40

Brothers 32 def Beached Az 27
Anna 10, Sam 15

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

REMINDER: No games next week, due to DKHAC hosting the 2017 National 16 & Under Girls Championships. Games will resume in Round 10 on the 5th of October.

Weekly Rule Highlight

As recently explained again, only 2 players of each team are allowed to occupy any space within each 2 meter area (see 15.8 and 15.9 of the Regulations).

For full details on the rule, see this post earlier this season, but to highlight the things to do when this foul is called in the offensive team’s favour:

  • The player with the ball at the time (or nearest if no possession) gets to take the free throw.
  • You must take the free throw either on the spot that player was on at the time of the foul call, OR, directly in front of the basket on the 2-meter line. It’s your choice and you should make your decision clear to players and umpires.
  • If you take the free throw in the 2-meter area (on the line is also considered in the 2-meter area), then only 1 other player from your team can be in the 2-meter area.
  • From the free throw spot (you may be called back if not on the designated spot), you may shoot, pass or swim.
    • If you swim, the umpires will call Play On and the defenders may resume defending.

Please remind your team mates of this process, since umpires keep having to explain the rule even to experienced players, and it can get confusing trying to shout a rule explanation over the water to people with ear guards on.

 

2017-18 S1 Results R8

Thursday 14/09/2017

Brothers 40 def Sea Serpents 22
Craig/Bec each 10, Cole 14

Pink Pirates 28 def by Beached Az 30
Jen 10, Sam 18

The Nuts 46 def Sharks 26
Tony 28, Markus 14

Clownfish 49 def Ducks 38
Brett 29, Ron 14

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

The rest of the umpiring roster will be published this weekend.

Reminder

As explained in section 2.3 of the Regulations, players must remove jewellery and other articles that might cause injury, prior to the game (e.g. watches, rings, bracelets etc.).

The umpire will assess and have the final say in whether wearing jewellery during the game presents a danger to any player (including the person wearing it) and if so, the item must either be removed or thoroughly covered with waterproof/resistant tape (e.g. piercing). If that is refused or not possible, the player can be excluded from the game.

2017-18 S1 Results R6

Thursday 31/08/2017

Pink Pirates 38 def Sharks 30
Susan 12, Markus 18

Clownfish 44 def Ducks 30
Scott 16, Andrew 8

Beached Az 32 def by The Nuts 58
Wes 12, Tony 30

Sea Serpents 30 def by Brothers 38
Cole/Haig each 8, Lisa/Jo each 10

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

This week we’re looking at the barging rule in general. Section 15.19 refers to barging a static defender, while 15.21 deals with barging in motion.

The concept of the ‘cylinder’, which is the shoulder-width space around the person, is important when determining the barging violation. Barging can be called on physical contact, but also on movement into the defender’s cylinder.

While barging a static defender (15.20) is generally straight forward, what happens when both players are in motion without contact but in each other’s cylinder is not always obvious (read 15.21). Simply said; if an attacking player moves forward or sideways into the defender’s cylinder, that is barging. If the attacker is static or moves backwards and the defender moves into the attacker’s cylinder, that is impeding (although usually more leniency is given here, since as the ‘follower’ it is harder to know when to stop). Note, that the interpretation of forward/backward depends on the placement of the defender. I.e. the defender is usually placed between the attacker and the defended basket. But, if the defender is placed behind the attacker (e.g. a double-team defence) and the attacker swims backward into the defender, that is also barging.

Since the in-motion/non-contact situations happen very often, we need to keep those rules practical. Therefore, umpires generally only call consistent barging. E.g. if the attacker tries to swim closer to the basket and does so by diagonally swimming forward into the cylinder of the defender (so not arms), then the umpires generally wait for a few seconds to see if the attacker stops. If the attacker consistently keeps moving into the defender’s cylinder in this situation, then a barging foul is called.

Similarly if this happens in reverse, with the attacker retreating and the defender consistently swimming forward into the attacker, that is impeding. The in-motion/non-contact scenarios tend to be considered more severely when they occur closer to the attacking area/basket.

As you can see, contact & barging rules are not simple considering the many different possible scenarios. Umpires must consider on- & off-the-ball situations (with on-the-ball being considered more severely than off-the-ball), general impact, flow of the game, intent, etc. etc. So while the barging rules have been discussed, agreed and documented to a large extent, the ongoing need for careful & consistent interpretation by the umpires and understanding & cooperation from the players are ultimately essential.

2017-18 S1 Results R5

Thursday 24/08/2017

Ducks 30 def by The Nuts 52
Jayden 10, Tony 28

Sharks 40 def Sea Serpents 38
Ellie 18, Cole 16

Pink Pirates 28 def Beached Az 20
Greer 16, Wes 10

Brothers 45 def Clownfish 26
Lisa 21, Mike/Josie each 8

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

While not often called, minor foul 15.4 “To take or hold the entire ball under the water for more than 2 consecutive seconds.” is still something to be aware of.

Quite often, players will briefly push the ball underwater in order to stabilise and/or push themselves up a bit just after obtaining possession. That’s fine and generally doesn’t take longer than a couple of seconds.

The likely scenarios in which an umpire calls this particular foul is when the player holding the ball underwater for more that 2 seconds gains an unfair advantage by doing so. Advantage such as hiding the ball, but also that of using it to push defenders away underwater.