Referees in England
- Sep 15, 2021
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- Current Referee grade:
- Level 10
Whilst appreciating some have disagreed my view remains as I noted above, that is - perhaps put in a slightly different way - when ball is coming down, there are two relevant scenarios;Whether we agree or not, the issue still remains that as it stands the Law is interpreted to give the jumper a huge advantage that some players are more than happy to take full advantage off.
I‘ve seen several ideas on this thread worth developing but until The Blazers set up a trial or similar then we’re stuck in the current framework. What can we do inside that framework that gets the balance of safety vs. competition right? Treat any half-decent attempt at a jump as fair competition? Treat jumping into a player already in position but static as dangerous play?
1. Both players have an equal opportunity to catch the ball, or
2. one player has a realistic chance to catch whilst an opposition player does not, but can “disrupt”
As a ref, I see it very simply, in scenario 2 the dis-advantaged player, whether attacker or defender has the absolute duty of care to allow the oppo player to land safely. Whether he is on the try line, or anywhere else on the pitch.