Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
NAH V 4.3 Feedback
I reffed the french EHBPC qualification tournament in Lyon this week-end (10-11 may 2014).
I reffed around 70 on the 91 played this w-e, on one court, with an assistants, and some random goal refs.
We applied the new ruleset NAH 4.3, but i provide some small tweaks:
- The highsticking rule was played at the opposite as it is written. You could play a ball above opponents shoulders if that's not in a dangerous way, but a hit above shoulders will results in a penalty. At the end, i didn't have to call any foul regarding highsticking. So this change made my job a bit easier, cause if you fallow the ruleset, you will have to call a lot of fouls because here it's common to try to catch passes with a raising mallet.
-Medium penalty. I sometimes took the guy who made a foul next to me and kept him for 5 second, facing is own net after a ball turnover. This was made when i thought that the foul break a situation who deserve more than a simple ball t-o but less than a 30 sec. At the end i think i called that between 5 or 10 times. I didn't had to call any 30 sec, and no players complained. The doors situation of the court made also the 30 sec penalty hard to call.
How the new ruleset work:
The interference for players
The interference rule become the be really enforced by player, they made screen but they avoid any contact. For now it seems that the defensives players didn't use to much the fact that they can engaging contact first, wich keep the game cleaner than when people where hitting each other around.
Teams or players who didn't enforce the rule were called anytime i saw them. wiche made a lot of call for some. It seems that they didn't understood the rule, or even noticed that a change happend. I will say 2 teams out of 14 didn't really get the thing.
As call were more frequent, it seems that players were more motivated for asking fouls out of the ball, and sometimes frustrated that the ref and his assistant didn't catch what happends. I noticed also that some players began to made vocal signal for ref when they tought they were engaged phys of the ball by an offensive player. They called or "interference", or more frequently, as soccer player, a scream of pain even if it wasn't painful at all.
The interference for ref:
Gosh, it's hard.
Last year i reffed at the same place, but for the pre-qualif, 80 games without any break. This year i had less game to ref and more breaks, but it feels way more exausting.
You have to have your eyes everywhere and to ask you assistant to check or what happen on the ball or off the ball. Alone that's almost impossible to enforce or ask a lot of concentration. Some situation we were 3, one main ref, an assistant and one trust guy, and we missed a check of the ball because 3 contact situations happens on the court at the same time.
I will continue this later, but to summary the good points now, i think that it keep the game cooler than before, make the ref more active and more an actor of the game.
During this whole week-end i didnt feel any real agressive tensions between players. The fact that the whole ruleset is absolutely well writen, give a lot of power to the ref, (almost) every situation is clear for them now, and the way the foul are called to.