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Week #5 Rule/Tip of the week – Simultaneous Foul Situation?‏

2013-04-26
This week’s case comes from a recent incident brought to our attention. From the sound of things, the correct ruling was made, but maybe not for the right reasons. Situation: Player B1 slashes A1 who has possession of the ball. FLAG DOWN. During the slow whistle, the refs notice that Team A has too many players on the field. What to do? From Rule 7-8-2, a slow whistle ends for any of several reasons, including “h. –a player on the attacking team commits a foul.” Therefore, when too many players are noticed, the play is killed immediately. (It’s possible that the play should have been killed even before the slash, but the officials can’t know this, so we treat A’s technical foul as having been committed when the refs notice.) After the whistle, who serves time? Who gets the ball? Are these simultaneous fouls? Typically, team B would serve a penalty and A would get the ball, but A committed a technical, which would normally cause a turnover. This is indeed simultaneous foul situation, but only B will serve time. 7-6-3 says “Penalty Time: b. If the team in possession …commits: 1. only technical fouls, no penalty time will be served by that team. “ 7-6-4 says Award the ball: (paraphrase) to the team receiving least penalty time. 7.6.3 Situation D is very similar to ours: “A1 has possession. B1 slashes. During the flag down A2 interferes with B2. The official blows the play dead and assesses a personal foul to B1. RULING: These are simultaneous fouls. B1 serves a 1m personal foul. A2 serves no penalty. Team A retains possession.




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