Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
New NAH Rule Proposal - Obstruction & Crease Violation
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted here yet and I'm curious what people think about the proposed new rules that we (clubs) will be voting on next week, eek!! I've seen a number of discussions around Facebook but thought it might be useful to get a discussion going on here.
I do want to say that I very much appreciate all the hard work NAH does for this sport, and I do like the goals of these rules, I'm just still skeptical this is the best way to make that happen. I'm trying very hard not to just dislike these rules because they are new and OMG! CHANGE!!!, but it's hard!
I'll be back tomorrow with more thoughts, but what are your constructive critiques?
§8.7 – Obstruction
§8.7.1 - An obstruction penalty will be assessed when a player actively impedes the movement of an opposing player who is attempting to make a play on the ball.
§22.214.171.124 – This movement, referred to as “screening” or “picking,” will be defined as blocking an opponent to gain access to the ball, blocking them from challenging the player in possession of the ball, or preventing them from free and open movement to gain a defensive position on the court.
§8.7.2 - If a “screen” is set that is stationary, momentary and safely an obstruction penalty will not be assessed, however, legal bodily contact as described in §10.3 is possible.
§8.8 – Crease Violation
§8.8.1 - Only one defensive player (the “Goalie”) is allowed to be within the crease prior to the ball/ball carrier for more than 3 seconds. If an additional defensive player or any offensive player is within the crease for more than 3 seconds prior to the ball/ball carrier, a minor penalty will be assessed on the first offense. Subsequent infractions will result in a major penalty.
§126.96.36.199 - At the point the ball enters the crease, players can also enter the crease to make a fair play on the ball. When the ball exits the crease, all players except the “Goalie” are required to remove themselves within the 3 second time limit. Any player who remains within the crease and disrupts subsequent offensive plays, will be assessed a minor penalty on the first offense. Subsequent occurrences will result in a major penalty.
§188.8.131.52 - Body, mallet, or bike contact initiated by any player who enters the crease is not allowed, unless it is a direct play on the ball/ball carrier.
§184.108.40.206 - If a player uses their bike, body or mallet to prevent an opponent from exiting the crease within the 3 second time limit, a penalty will not assessed on the player in the crease.
§220.127.116.11 - Any penalty that occurs to a player within the crease will automatically be assessed a minor penalty. Play will restart according to §4.2.3.
A great description with examples of the Obstruction rule can also be found here: http://www.nahardcourt.com/playtesting-proposed-rule-changes-obstruction/