Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Obstruction v2 - Feedback requested
Due to the length and general tone of the other thread, I opted to start a new conversation. The obstruction rule is in place for this NAH season and the AHBPA has adopted the v4.5 ruleset to use in their competitive tournaments as well. Discussions with the EHBPA have been centered on the clarity of this rule and a lack of general understanding.
My main goals are:
1. Make sure this rule is understood and supported throughout North America, as a priority.
2. Make sure that if different organizations want to utilize the ruleset, but diverge on very important topics, it can only happen after I've put in the effort towards uniformity.
3. Follow through on the promise that we'd continue working on this.
So in order to achieve that, I had to lengthen the rule. There was no way around that. It starts with the philosophical foundation of the rule, which I think is important everywhere people are talking about this. Additionally, we covered some general legitimate areas of concern in a vague enough way to be applied to multiple scenarios, but specific enough to gain clarity.
Please email me at email@example.com with suggestions, questions, or concerns. Constructive feedback below!
§8.7 – Obstruction - NEWEST DRAFT
- §8.7.1 - A player who is not in possession of the ball is entitled to attempt a fair play on the ball/ball carrier, and is entitled to free and open movement on the court to gain offensive/defensive positions.
- §8.7.2 - An obstruction penalty will be assessed when a player who is not in possession of the ball actively impedes the movement of an opposing player who is not in possession of the ball.
- §22.214.171.124 – This movement, referred to as ‘screening’ or ‘picking’, will be defined as using bike movement and position to abruptly or continously block an opponent from gaining access to the ball, blocking them from challenging the player in possession of the ball, or peventing them from free and open movement to gain a defensive/offensive position on the court. A player can be in the way, but they cannot get in the way.
- §126.96.36.199 - The referee will determine obstruction based on:
- the proximity of the ‘screening’ player to their opponent.
- the proximity and timing of the ‘screen’ in relation to the play.
- the duration of the ‘screen’.
- any abrupt changes in speed and intensity of the ‘screen’.
- §188.8.131.52 - When the ball leaves the immediate vicinity of the player in possession, that player can no longer be 'screened' and an obstruction penalty will be assessed if the 'screen' is held to prevent them from contesting the loose ball.
- §184.108.40.206 - When contesting a loose ball, all players challenging for possession must move towards the ball or concede the ball. Natural impedance of a player based on position and movement will not result in an obstruction penalty, however, if a ‘screen’ is used to allow a teammate to gain possession of the ball uncontested an obstruction penalty will be assessed.
- §8.7.3 - If a ‘screen’ is set that is stationary or momentary an obstruction penalty will not be assessed, however legal bodily contact as described in §10.3 is allowed.