2016-17 S2 Results GF

Thursday 22/06/2017

Brother 29 def by The Nuts 40
Lisa 11, Jemma 24

Pink Pirates 41 def Beached Az 20
Rob 15, Christy 16

Congratulations to the Championship winners of Division 1, The Nuts and of Division 2, Pink Pirates! The winners of the Individual Awards will be announced during the end-of-season Winter Water Basketball Dinner.

If you haven’t already, please make sure you RSVP ASAP to me (Dave) and your payment either directly into the Water Basketball bank account (details provided in email to captains) or to your captain to then transfer on.

To repeat from previous posts, the email with details regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner has been sent to the captains. They should have forwarded the details to their players for RSVP, so if you haven’t received anything yet then get in touch with your captain asap.

  • The Dinner will be at 7:00pm on the 1st of July at the Ball & Chain’s upstairs function room.
  • The cost is $35 per head to be paid in advance and the menu is a choice (decide/order on the night) of:
    • Chargrilled smoked half chicken – hot smoked and finished on the chargrill and served with a black cherry chutney.
    • Lamb shank – A chunky shank served on potato mash enhanced with a tasty rosemary and red wine sauce.
    • Tasmanian Atlantic salmon – Chargrilled with hollandaise sauce.
    • Porterhouse – It has a fine texture and its taste is boosted by the open grill.
    • We didn’t confirm a vegetarian option but this is simply all you want from the salad bar for about $15. If anyone wants this option then we suggest they just confirm their attendance and then pay on the night to keep it simple.
  • Drinks can be purchased separately at the upstairs bar.

RSVP and payments ASAP please (captains, please forward your RSVPs to me and any payments to the water basketball account).

2016-17 S2 Results R14

Thursday 1/06/2017

The Nuts 56 def Sharks 38
Tony 30, Markus 28

Brothers 22 def by Pink Pirates 36
Lisa 10, Susan/Rob each 8

Clownfish 56 def Sea Snakes 33
Julie 16, Leah 10

Beached Az 36 def Ducks 32
Alison 18, Cole 14

The ladder and top scoring rankings have also been updated under Statistics. Congratulations to Jemma Dazeley (The Nuts) who took out the top spot with 276 points (word is that she arranged for Tony to have a cycling ‘accident’ mid-season). Markus Bucher (Sharks) ended up in second spot with 210 points, followed closely by Sam Scandrett (Beached Az) with 205.

Round 14 was the last round of the regular part of the competition and we’re now heading into the 3-week finals period. The Roster has been updated and at the bottom of that page you will also find the new planning for the 2017-18 financial year.

Check the Regulations for the Fill-in and Team member requirements during the finals.

The first Water Basketball Tasmania Annual General Meeting was held last night, for which the minutes will be emailed to the team captains (for distribution to their players) soon. Some of the major points are that the re-negotiated fees for the next couple of years look achievable without too much increase in membership fees (provided we keep our 8 teams running), we should have some cash available to put towards equipment (balls, nets, etc) and that the current Board has been re-elected to continue as is for the next financial year. Thanks to those taking the time to attend.

Lastly, due to booking constraints, we have had to move the Winter Water Basketball Dinner out one more week, to take place on Saturday 1 July. Further details will be emailed to the captains, but to summarise, the dinner will be held upstairs at the Ball & Chain (time to be confirmed) with a choice of fish, steak, lamb shanks or chicken (combined with the renowned B&C salad bar) for around $35 to be paid in advance. Drinks can be purchased separately at the upstairs bar.

You’ll need to RSVP (we’ll do that via the captains & email) by Friday 9 June at the latest, and we’ll need payments by Friday 16 June. Information on how to pay (will be cash or a bank transfer) will be sent to the captains as well. Partners are welcome; we hope as many of you as possible will come along to help make the event a success 🙂

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.

2016-17 S2 Results R12

Thursday 11/05/2017

Beached Az 35 def Pink Pirates 34
Sam 27, Susan 12

Clownfish 24 def by Brothers 32
Brett 8, Craig/Liam each 8

Ducks 34 def by Sharks 36
Cole 12, Ellie 18

Sea Snakes 16 def by The Nuts 32
Leah/Pablo each 6, Jemma 22

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

As described in section 7.4 of the Regulations; if a foul is committed and the player being fouled has the advantage or can even just play on immediately without obstruction, the umpires can choose to call “Advantage – Play On” (with or without blowing the whistle first).

“Play On” can also be called if both players committed a light minor foul on each other and neither was truly disadvantaged. So, more like a neutral ball situation created by two players bumping into each other at the same time while trying to get to the ball.

The umpires should ensure that neither player/team is truly disadvantaged in this scenario, and that should be applied even more stringently when the game is close and in the fourth quarter (this is not a rule, but a recommended interpretation).

2016-17 S2 Results R11

Thursday 4/05/2017

Brothers 44 def Ducks 34
Lisa 18, Cole 12

Pink Pirates 37 def The Nuts 22
Rob 18, Dan 16

Sea Snakes 30 def by Beached Az 58
Caitlin 20, Sam 22

Clownfish 26 def by Sharks 49
Julie 12, Markus 21

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

It’s great that each team does duty and that, for the most part, this is done well and positively. Water Basketball depends on volunteers (thank you umpires and board as well) because we don’t have the funds do do otherwise. Many sports work this way, so it’s great to see every team pitch in.

Having said that, with new players doing duty and existing players forgetting how to at times, it’s important that we remind ourselves of what’s involved and how to complete a score sheet.

Some points to focus on at the moment:

  • If someone is not printed on the score sheet then they are considered a fill-in. Fill-ins must be written in the box below the team list.
  • All players must write their cap number onto the sheet. This is not for the duty team, umpires and later on stats coordinators to have to try and figure out.
  • When setting up equipment, make sure that starts at 7:30pm prompt and is done asap. There is a default set up, so talk to board members or experienced players if you are unsure what that is.
  • Similarly, when tidying up, there is a designated storage spot and method. It also helps when all players who have borrowed caps and/or fins, return those promptly. If you prefer to chat with your team mates, that is fine, but then purchase your own fins and caps so you don’t have to worry about returning anything.
  • Lastly, scoring duty members should make eye contact with the umpire when he/she calls a score, pay attention to the game, and monitor/call time accurately & audibly.

It all sounds a bit ‘instructive’ 🙂 but it is meant to improve how we do things, lessen the dependency on those fixing up after others and make things more enjoyable for everyone. So when you see your team mates being a bit unsure or doing things incorrectly, please step up and help them out.

2016-17 S2 Results R10

Thursday 27/04/2017

The Nuts 28 def Clownfish 23
Georgie 16, Brett 12

Sharks 47 def Sea Snakes 18
Markus 23, Leah 10

Beached Az 41 def Brothers 40
Sam 23, Anna 20

Ducks 24 def by Pink Pirates 40
Clare 10, Susan 14

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

Rule Highlight of the Week

The duration of the game, breaks and potential overtime are described in Section 10.

As pretty much everyone knows, a game lasts for 4 periods of 8 minutes of playing time. Rest time between quarters is 2 minutes and with 30 seconds to go both teams should take their places on the field. Please don’t be late, since that affects everyone involved, including potentially pushes out the game finishing time which then impacts the next two teams.

In a game where a result is required (a finals game) and the score is level at the end of the fourth quarter, there shall be a 2 minute rest period followed by two further 3-minute periods of extra-time with no rest period in between. The team that previously won the toss has starting possession for the first period of overtime and the opposing team has starting possession for the second period of overtime.

If the scores are level at the end of overtime, there shall be a further 2-minute rest period followed by a continual period of ‘Golden Goal’ overtime, whereby the team who scores the first goal shall be awarded the winner of the game. Note, that the team starting with starting possession for ‘Golden Goal’ overtime will be determined by a new toss.

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).