Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
High (stick) mallet rule. (the way it was called at WHBPC 2013)
WHBPC 2013 was a good way to see how harmonized the rules are, and how some things works or not. Talking about that here is a good thing because people from all around were there so it make a good base to disscuss rules.
Delayed penalty was a really good lesson for myself, and i hope that the whole community began to think that's the way they should be applied everywhere. No more confusion between soccer or hockey style, keep it to hockey, simple and pefectly announced by refs.
(this could be the subject of another thread). I loved the way main refing was taken seriously, so my thread is really about the spirit of the rule and not an attack against the job done by main refs. (Goals ref is another question, who should deserve another thread too, because it was messy).
The high stick rule:
Sorry but i don't get it. I saw several clever play from players get called even if they were not dangerous at all because they where in a safe zone or because their moves were so slow that they can't hurt anybody. And we see some huge swings, go higher, faster, from back to forth, not get called.
One the example is given by the final ( i found this case on the london forum here:
http://www.lfgss.com/post3915382-2113.html and the rules thread talk about too:
http://mrdovideo.com/2013/11/2013-worlds-final/ lasts posts are about this issue).
Watch between 00:38 and 00:45. Brian swing a huge shot and don't get call, then polo play the ball 2 times in a safe zone (nobody in front) and get call.
Im not saying that Brian shot should be called (some thinks that it should be), but im saying that if you don't call Brian, there is no reason to call Paul 3 second later.
I get a warning in our game against JourneyM, because i catch from behind Robbie Ultra Swing by placing my mallet vertically in the way of his mallet. My move can't hurt a fly, and robbie's one can easily cut an head, and I get the call.
What's the logical behind these scenari? Huge shots are worth it and dangerous so they have to be legit. High stick play who are safe shouldn't be?
details regarding the way the rule is written:
§7.2.1 – A high sticking penalty will be assessed in the following situations:
§220.127.116.11 – A player attempts to contact an airborne ball with their mallet at a height above the shoulder.
§18.104.22.168 – The mallet is brought into contact with an opposing player’s body above the level of the shoulders.
-Wich shoulders are we talking in both 7211 and 7212? every time the player who make the foul, or in 1 the player who try to play and in 2 the player who get hit?