2016-17 S2 Results R9

Thursday 6/04/2017

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

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

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).

2016-17 S2 Results R7

Thursday 23/03/2017

Sharks(38)                 Def      Clownfish(34)
Markus 14                              Scott 12

Sea Snakes(52)          Def      The Nuts(38)
Caitlin 33                                Jemma 34

Pink Pirates(22)         Def by Ducks(39)
Rob 10                                     Cole 13

Brothers(34)              Def      Beached Az(270
Lisa 20                                    Sam 13

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

Thank you everyone for getting in your Payments for the Season!

Weekly Rule Highlight

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). So, also means that the extended arms of the 3rd team member into the 2 meter area (e.g. to grab or tap the ball) counts as a violation of this rule.

If it was a defensive foul, and the attacking team was in possession of the ball, the attacking player with the ball at the time of the foul must choose between taking the free throw either from the spot he/she was in at the time, or on the 2 meter line directly in front of goal (the player should indicate this last one to the umpire, or Play On may be called). If the attacking team was not in possession of the ball, then the free throw must always be taken on the 2 meter line directly in front of the goal by the attacking player nearest to the ball at the time of the foul.

If it was an attacking foul, then the ball goes to the defensive player nearest the ball at the time of the foul who must take the free throw from the 2 meter line, directly in front of the basket (see 14.3.2 of the Regulations). The umpires usually allow the free throw to be taken anywhere in the 2 meter area, but note that the ball may be called back in case of an unfair advantage.

2016-17 S2 Results R6

Thursday 16/3/2017

Beached Az(38) Def by  Ducks (42)
Sam 18                                Sophie 10

Sharks (28)        Def by   Brothers (46)
Markus 12                          Lisa 10

Clownfish(31)   Def by   The Nuts (56)
Bret 15                                Tony 32

Sea Snakes (22) Def by  Pink Pirates (40)
Leah 8                                Rob 19

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

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 1 or 2 seconds) and 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.

2016-17 S2 Results R5

Thursday 9/3/2017

Brothers(42)       Def by    The Nuts(44)
Lisa 14                           Jemma 22

Ducks(40)             Def        Sea Snakes(24)
Cole 20                         Caitlin 16

Beached Az(51)   Def        Clownfish(37)
Sam 33                           Brett 13

Pink Pirates(28)  Def        Sharks(24)
Nicole 16                       Ellie/Kyrin 10

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

Remember everyone to have a great weekend, and be safe on the roads.  We would like to see everyone next week.

Weekly Rule Highlight

Substituting may only occur along the halfway line and the player leaving the field must be under or past the rope before the other player enters the field (see section 1 and 5 of the Regulations and ). Late arrivals must also enter the field via the interchange area/halfway line.

2016-17 S2 Results R4

Thursday 2/3/2017

Sea Snakes 46 def by Beached Az 50
Caitlin 28, Sam 34

The Nuts 48 def Sharks 22
Jemma 36, Markus 10

Ducks32 def by  Clownfish 39
Cole 14, Scott & Dave 12

Pink Pirates17 def by  Brothers 26
Clinton 8, Kath & Lisa 8

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

As outlined in 14.7, whenever a player takes any kind of free throw (regular free throw, neutral ball, goal line throw in (after score), corner, side line (after ball goes out), penalty):

  1. no opposing player within 2 metres of the player taking the Free Throw may contest (defend) the taking of the throw or obstruct mechanics of the throw in any way; and
  2. no opposing player may be closer than 1 metre of the player taking the Free Throw.

The umpires may allow opposing players to be slightly within the 1-metre radius where practical, as long as the main aim of not interfering with the free throw is achieved.

2016-17 S2 Results R3

Thursday 23/2/2017

Ducks 34 def by Sharks 40
Cole 16, Ellie 14

Clownfish 30 def Pink Pirates 20
Julie 10, Chris/Clinton each 6

Brothers 38 def Sea Snakes 22
Anna 16, Caitlin 10

Beached Az 28 def by The Nuts 48
Alison 16, Jemma 36

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

A quick update with regards to last week’s incident where someone jumped from the dive tower into a water basketball game in progress. The DKHAC general manager called me the following day to let us know that DKHAC takes the incident very seriously and that CCTV footage was being reviewed with the aim to take action against the person(s) involved and possibly look into improving security around the dive tower. No further news since.

Rule Highlight of the Week

Highlighting a few aspects of Free Throws this week; a goal may be scored directly from a Free Throw (including Corner Throw-in). You are however, not allowed to score directly from a Neutral Ball (must pass first).

During a Free Throw (including the Restart Throw-in, which occurs after a score), opposing players within 2 meters may not contest the ball (i.e. defend).

In accordance with 14.7.1, players may be no closer than 1 meter from the player taking the free throw. However, this is not always enforced when it concerns space limitations in the 2 meter area and/or the shooter is clearly not hindered in his/her actions or there is advantage in being able to play on quickly. The main thing umpires look for is that you do not defend the free throw.

If the quarter ends before the Free Throw can be taken (for fouls and corners only), then the relevant player may still take the shot at goal. This is of course without further movement, e.g. if it concerns a Corner Throw-in then the shot needs to be taken from the corner.

2016-17 S2 Results R2

Thursday 16/2/2017

Clownfish 27 def by Brothers 32
Julie 8, Lisa 12

Pink Pirates 32 def Beached Az 26
Jen 12, Alison 12

Sea Snakes 44 def by Sharks 52
Caitlin 20, Kyrin 24

The Nuts 48 def Ducks 36
Jemma 28, Cole 22

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

During the Nuts v Ducks game some random teenager jumped from one of the diving platforms into the pool during the game and landed close to a few of the players. Luckily no one was hurt, but that could have easily turned out differently. The boy and his friends were spoken to and eventually ejected from the centre. In the 10 or so years I’ve played the game this has not happened, so I don’t think it’s anything to worry about; but we will be following this up with DKHAC to see what can be done to tighten up on this and also to agree on what to do when something like this happens. Last night it took everyone by surprise, so it took a bit longer to get to the right result.

Rule Highlight of the Week

Whenever a player takes any kind of free throw (regular free throw, neutral ball, goal line throw in (after score), corner, side line (after ball goes out), penalty) no player within 2 metres of the player taking the Free Throw may contest (defend) the taking of the throw or obstruct mechanics of the throw in any way (14.7).

While defending players may be closer to the person taking the free throw when they don’t defend the throw, the player taking the free throw should be given sufficient space to take the free throw without interference.

Active defense of the player taking the free throw may only resume once the free throw has been taken or after the umpire has called ‘Play On’.