2018-19 S1 Results R11

Thursday 18/10/2018

Clownfish 38 drew Beached Az 38
Natalie 16, Sam/Christy each 14

Sharks 28 def by The Nuts 40
Ellie/Dylan each 10, Jemma 30

The Sisters 24 def by Sheep Stations 26
Steve 8, Jen 12

Brothers 30 def Ducks 25
Anna 18, Nicki 8

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

REMINDER: No games next week due to Show Day. We resume with Round 12 on the 1st of November.

Weekly Rule Highlight

I fielded a question last night regarding a tactic that will be useful to clarify for everyone. A player was holding the ball with two hands in front and using that posture to maintain extra space (beyond the cylinder) in front while lining up a shot.

That is fine, if in accordance with the normal contact/barging rules.

The arms and the ball, even though extended beyond the cylinder, form part of your body. Therefore:

  • If the player already has the arms holding the ball extended, is either stationary or moving backwards, and a defender is pushing up against the defender (including the ball), then that is Impeding.
    • As soon as the player with the ball brings the arms up to take the shot (and gives up the space) then the defender can close the distance to the edge of the attacker’s cylinder, again bearing in mind normal Impeding rules.
  • If the player already has the arms holding the ball extended, and is moving forward into the defender, then that is Barging.
  • If at any stage, so even when static or moving backwards, the player extends the ball beyond his/her cylinder and pushes into the defending player, that is also Barging.
    • So for example, if the attacker brings the arms up to shoot, the defender closes the distance, but then the attacker changes his/her mind and tries to extend the arms again to make space and pushes into the defender, then that is Barging.

As with all barging/impeding/contact fouls, both attacker and defender are likely to be moving at the same time, so umpires have the difficult task of taking note of the length of arm extension and the direction of pushing when players come together.

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2018-19 S1 Results R6

Thursday 6/09/2018

Sheep Stations 41 def by Beached Az 49
Rob 24, Sam 22

Ducks 26 def by Clownfish 34
Nicki 8, Natalie 20

Brothers 28 def by The Nuts 59
Lisa 18, Tony 27

The Sisters 30 def by Sharks 38
Clare/Carrie each 12, Markus 16

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

Weekly Rule Highlight

In addition to the amended Neutral Ball rule, sections 16 (Gross Misconduct/Dangerous Play) and 20 (Complaints) were amended to clarify the process.

Please read those sections so you understand what constitues a gross misconduct foul, what the immediate penalties are and what the process is for resolution of subsequent complaints.

From an umpire’s perspective, the process during the game is along the following lines:

  1. Keep on top of rough play by awarding fouls etc. Umpires should know the on/off the ball process (3m umpire watches on the ball, 2m umpire off the ball).
  2. Umpires chat with/warn players during the game. If this takes significant time, that time may be added to the game. This makes timekeeping a bit more difficult, but where it concerns a tight game or finals, it can be worth it.
  3. Umpires speak to players/captains during break.
  4. Next step (if the above hasn’t worked or the incidents warrants it immediately), is to sideline the relevant player(s) for the remainder of the quarter, or the rest of the game.
  5. A player can be ejected from the game, or from the centre completely. If the player refuses, this can lead to his/her team forfeiting the game.
  6. Report all incidents to the Chief Umpire (Tony). Ideally on the night in person and if that is not an option then by email.
  7. If an incident warrants a follow-up, then this will proceed through the Section 20 Complaints process.

As mentioned before, at the end of the day we’re all in this together with the aim to have a good time. Each player should take responsibility for his/her own actions, treat others with respect and just because you feel slighted, this does not give you the right to retalliate.

Play well, but act your best 🙂

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.

2018-19 S1 Full Umpiring Roster

Please see the Roster page for the 2018-19 S1 full umpiring roster.

Tony has taken unavailability into account as much as possible, but please check your assigned games ahead of time to make sure you’ll be able to umpire.

Umpiring Round 2

Hi all – just a quick note to let you know that some of our regular umpires are unavailable this week (round 2), so a few of the games will need to be umpired by single umpires. As always, we count upon each player’s understanding of limited visibility as well as their intent on making each game a positive experience for everyone involved.

On a related note, it would be much appreciated if the captains of teams that are providing no umpires or just 1 umpire, can try and find some suitably experienced candidates for the umpiring role (email to Tony and Dave). Ideally we’d like to be able to call upon 2 umpires from each team. The more umpires and better spread across teams we have, the more we can guarantee 2 umpires per game, as well as some breaks for the regular umpires.

2018-19 S1 Roster

The roster for 2018-19 Season 1 has been published on the Roster page. The rest of the umpiring roster will be added closer to round 4. Please get in touch with Tony regarding unavailability.

The Annual General Meeting will be held ahead of round 1 on the 2nd of August, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. All members are welcome and particularly captains are encouraged to attend.

The first Umpiring meeting is scheduled for the 16th of August, ahead of round 3, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The Regulations must be read prior to that meeting. Captains are strongly encouraged to attend; we are always struggling to get enough umpires so could you please canvas your teams and have a good try at convincing anyone to umpire. For those teams that are not volunteering at least one umpire (who is also attending the meeting), could you please either attend the meeting or nominate someone from your team to attend.

Duty teams, please be on time and have sufficient team members available to set up/clean up. A refresher of the tasks involved with Duty can be found here.

To assist the umpires in keeping the games running smoothly, all players are requested to read the Regulations at the start of each season. Aside from understanding the practicalities of the game, saving umpires the effort of having to shout an explanation over the water, it will also help you to understand how minor fouls (S15) and gross-misconduct fouls (S16) are enforced and how you can follow up on conflicts between players (S20).

Lastly, a reminder of the kind of sport Water Basketball is, the social environment it is played in and how that should inform your behaviour.

While Water Basketball is a sport, it is primarily a social game. Unlike sports played by large numbers of people and as such more categorised by ability, Water Basketball is a mixed sport, played by a small number of people, who therefore differ more in skill level, age, strength, fitness and motivation.

This means greater responsibility and consideration is needed from each player with regards to their impact on other players.

Water Basketball is also run by and dependent on volunteers. People who sacrifice their personal time, without compensation, for the benefit of each player. Umpiring any sport is difficult. Professional umpires are paid, thoroughly trained, and still make mistakes. It’s even more difficult to umpire a sport, where half the action is underwater.

Competitiveness is fine, but not if it comes at an unfair cost to others. That includes your team mates, other players and volunteers. Consider your actions, physically and verbally. Abusive behaviour of any kind is not acceptable, even if you personally think you have a good reason for it. When it is pointed out to you, don’t get defensive, but reflect and actively try and adjust your behaviour. The umpire’s word is always final, but it would be nice if it doesn’t have to come to that.

The Board and umpires continuously aim to improve the game, but we can’t do this without your goodwill and positive input. To help with this, please all read the Regulations and discuss any ambiguities with your Captain and/or the Board members. When in the pool and you’re finding yourself in a physically escalating situation, swim away, take a deep breath and think before you act.

2017-18 S2 Results SF

Thursday 7/06/2018

Sharks 38 def Beached Az 32
Caitlin 14, Kylie/Christy/Wes each 10

Ducks 22 def by Sea Serpents 48
Nicki 8, Cole/Carrie each 16

The Grand Finals roster is now available on the Roster page, including Duty and Umpiring arrangements.

A reminder regarding the Winter Water Basketball Dinner. See a previous post for a summary, and please follow up with your captain if you haven’t yet received the more detailed email with RSVP and payment arrangements. Please make sure you get your RSVP/Payments in ASAP.