Kicking backwards in back half ruled play on?

Would you support making kicking backwards in back half of ground as play on ?

  • Yes

    Votes: 11 36.7%
  • No

    Votes: 19 63.3%
  • Undecided or not care either way

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    30
  • Poll closed .

footyfan78

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Interested to see poll result on this.

When players kick backwards in backline it is generally to maintain possession of ball for their team or kill time off clock when you got a 1 to 2 goal lead late in a game and do not want to risk other team having any chance of getting ball and scoring. From time to time it would have happened in any era of football but since late 1990's it has become more common and is a regular coached team thing.

If the admin of the game changed it that when you kick backwards in back half to another player on your team it is play on and they can be tackled immediately like when you handball to a mate on your team are you happy for this to be the ruling going forwards from 2019 season?
 

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footyfan78

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Hardly complicated. Be one of easiest things to rule on. Less work for umpire as does not need to call a mark. Players just know to move it on from back half.
 

hcd199

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Daft idea, and always have been every other time it's been proposed. Most players kicked backwards to in defence are loose anyway (so it's not going to deter passing to them), and they play on fairly rapidly as well; if they do choose to stop, they've only got six seconds before play on will be called anyway. So the rule change wouldn't have any meaningful positive effects, but would add new grey areas to adjudicate; I hardly see what calling play on on a near-sideways kick just behind the centre of the ground adds to the sport, and why diminish one of the sport's fundamental rules (the mark) for literally no benefit?
 

Simon_Nesbit

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Kicking backwards being play on just encourages teams to flood even more as it forces the team in possession into an 'in-play' position and then pressurize for turnover. Defensively teams will leave that option open, knowing they can force rushed disposal.

We want to be encouraging teams to stretch out the field, creating more open play and less congestion. This will lead to far greater one-on-one contests and more importantly, an advantage to teams to pursue those options as a means of attacking.

Whilst the best way to score is still on turnovers and fast breaks, teams will focus on defensive positioning and avoiding turnovers offensively.
 

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We need less rules, not more. This is just another thing the umpires have to remember. Too complicated already and that's why it's a turn off.
 

footyfan78

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They did it for one year in the VFL and it had no marked effect on the quality of play.
What year did they do that ?
Be interesting to see if any games on youtube to watch a quarter of a game from then to double check.
 

Rusty Brookes

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What year did they do that ?
Be interesting to see if any games on youtube to watch a quarter of a game from then to double check.
I think it was 2006. All I remember was they all kicked backwards and played on when they took a mark (which wasn't a mark).

It didn't change a thing other than a few players getting confused.
 

PP34

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Well everyone seems to whinge about Richmond making games messy and they’d have a field day if teams had to deal with extra pressure all the time.

Could only imagine it leading to more panicked kicks which lead to more stoppages and more congestion.
 

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fpcookie

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This would lead to more congestion as the players currently stationed for the switch or get out option behind the play would be more likely to be directed further up the ground to where most of the other players are.
 

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