Roster Reminder

As mentioned on April 10th, there are no games this week due to the Australian Water Polo Country Championships taking place at DKHAC.

The competition continues next week 25/5 with Round 13.

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 Roster Update

DKHAC has been given the opportunity to host the Australian Water Polo Country Championships from 17th May to 21st May 2017. To accommodate the schedule for this championship they have needed to change a number of bookings, including our 18 May game night.

So, no games on 18 May and the remainder of the roster has been pushed out by 1 week. This means the regular part of the season now ends on 1 June, the finals weeks are on 8, 15 and 22 June, and our club dinner will be on 24 June (please mark in your calendars).

Umpires, should this change present any difficulties, please get in touch with John asap.

Lastly, a reminder that we’re heading into the Easter break. So no games this week or next and we’ll resume with Round 10 on 27 April.

Hope you enjoy the Easter break 🙂
Dave

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.

Umpiring Roster Updated

The umpiring roster has been updated with 3 more rounds and the remainder of the season will follow in the next few weeks.

Also, a reminder that with the conclusion of Round 3, the relaxed rules around fill-ins return to normal again (see section 3 and 6 of the Regulations). Note that all fill-in names should be written into the specific section on the sheet and not directly below the registered players. A fill-in is someone who is not printed on the score sheet. Note to Captains; fill-ins written in the team section of the sheet are not considered as newly registered players until an updated Team Registration Sheet has been submitted.

During Round 4 and subsequent rounds each team must have a minimum of 4 of its own registered players (or forfeit the game – don’t forget you could still play a scratch match with whomever is there). Note that with the DKHAC pool space booking process any booking not cancelled with at least 10 days notice is non-refundable. In other words, lost pool time & fees.

Scores from registered (with another team) players do not count at all Round 4 onwards, so also not towards the total team score (and obviously not be eligible for B & F points for that game). A non-registered fill-in can score and that score will count towards the team total score, but they will not be attributed to the players top scoring rankings & not be eligible for B & F points until officially registered with a team (captain updates team sheet and submits with Kyle and Dave).

Duty teams please note that if a registered player scores as a fill-in during round 4 or a later round, and an umpire has not picked this up and signals the score, these scores should not be counted on the score sheet. If you are not sure whether a player is registered with a team or not, then ask the relevant captain and/or umpires ASAP (preferably before game start).

2016-17 S2 Roster

The full roster, featuring the same 8 teams as last season, for the second season of the 2016-17 financial year has been published on the Roster page.

Umpiring has been scheduled for the first 3 rounds, in case there are any changes to the umpiring line-up and/or availability, and the rest will be added by end of week 2. Any questions or concerns regarding umpiring, please contact John asap.

As usual, the full (financial) year planner, which shows game & no game weeks, is available at the bottom of the Roster page as well. The Grand Final takes places on 15 June, followed by the Water Basketball Tasmania event of the year <insert trumpet call> on the 17th of June.

Please keep the evening of 17/6 free in your calendars for dinner (with a few awards thrown in). We would like to make this a fun evening for all players and see all teams solidly represented there, which at that time of the year and with this much notice should be achievable. More details regarding the event will be posted here as the season progresses.

If you haven’t already captains, please submit your updated team sheets to me by email no later than Wednesday 8 Feb. Just list the confirmed players for now and we can add further players when you submit your updated team sheet later on. Kyle and I have to manage the stats which is a fair bit of (volunteer) work, so we need to have an up-to-date view of confirmed (not potential) players and cap numbers, if you have your own caps, at the start of the competition. Don’t forget, players are only added to the printed score sheet after submitting an updated team sheet (not by writing them on the score sheet on the night).

Lastly, we strongly recommend that all players brush up on their understanding of the Regulations. Umpires still regularly have to explain simple things like how/where to take a free throw after a 3-in-the-2-meter area foul, even to experienced players, which is difficult to do shouting across the pool. Also, have a quick read of what’s expected of the Duty teams and how to complete the Score Sheet.

Have a great season everyone!

Dave

2016-17 S1 Results SF

Thursday 24/11/2016

Pink Pirates 36 def Ducks 28
Clinton 16, Cole 14

Sharks 26 def by Clownfish 31
Markus 14, Chris 11

The Grand Finals roster is now available on the Roster page.

Reminder: The end-of-season get-together and awards presentations BBQ will be at the Waterworks Site 1 on Saturday 3 Dec, starting from 11:30am onward with the ‘formalities’ taking place around 1:00pm. It would be great to see as many people there as possible and catch up with people away from the pool deck. BYO food & drinks and the whole family is welcome!