Removing interpretations and confusion from the game

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LordLucifer

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Mar 20, 2002
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Get rid of all these boring semantics. It should be this: if you get tackled, it's a ball up. If you get tackled again before the opposition gets tackled, its a free kick. None of this crap about diving on it or making a genuine attempt, just a simple, easy to understand rule.
Go read that paragraph a couple more times and you will realise how absolutely idiotic that suggestion is.
 

LordLucifer

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Mar 20, 2002
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Get some Gaelic Footy umpires (or another football code I suppose) to come out and umpire the pre-season. Given them a set of rules, maybe some video examples if you like, and then get them to umpire the game.

Because they (mostly) have no experience or 'feel' for the game, the rule makers would have to make damn sure the rules are as easy as possible to adjudicate.
On the surface that idea may sound a little weird but its actually a very good one, would certainly shake things up.
 

LordLucifer

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Good question.
How do we remove "deliberate" from the OoB rule?
I would have a free when the ball crosses the line if;
  • Any disposal that's is not touched - shepherding is allowed.
  • Possession of the ball if tackled or bumped after having prior.
  • Running the ball over the line. We have the "insufficient attempt" BS when a player can run full pelt at the ball, grab and run it over. Where's the attempt there? if you were trying to keep it in you would change angles and grab it running with the boundary line so it wouldn't go over.
  • The ball punched or slapped- not from a marking contest
So when would a throw in occur
  • the ball going out of bounds from a marking contest
  • for touching the ball the rule should be the same to determine when a behind is scored from a touched kick after the siren that goes between the behind posts
A bit stricter than the current rules but more simplified and takes away the interpretations except for prior which is there for tackling anyway.

How ??

Just remove the stupid bloody rule altogether. The inconsistent manner in which players are penalised is a blight on the game.

There is no need to have it at all especially when the majority of them only get paid in the last quarter.
 

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nr914064

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Apr 14, 2021
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the amount of dropping the balls / holding the balls NOT called is beyond a joke now.

Teams will begin now to instead of teammate with ball passing over the top of opposition player they will elect to be tackled drop the ball to take out oppo as their teammate can then just pick up the ball and move forward with no defense.

and many variations of this. its already happening.
 

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