The Sensible Rule Changes Required

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GhostofJimJess

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Are we the only sport that allows the umpires/referees to coach the players during play?

More than once this weekend I’ve heard umps yelling the following:

“Get it out, get it out” when a player is on the ball.
“Let him go, let him go” when an opponent holds the bloke who’s got a free.
“Wait for my whistle” when a bloke is standing the mark or about to encroach from the side on a player is taking an angled set shot.

There’s plenty more too. Maybe they should just let them play, and penalise any infringements accordingly.
 

LordLucifer

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5 things I would change back to what they were tomorrow

1) No nomination and third man up rule, its footy and any player should be able to contest a ruck knock and any number of them also.
2) Return to kicking the ball out of the goal square after a behind, exactly as it was. It has done nothing.
3) Protected zone area is just gifting goals for no reason. Remove the rule and unless you actually interfere with the player kicking the ball there is no penalty.
4) Return to paying free kicks for high tackles contact, high contact is rife in the sport and all because we decided to blame the player with the ball. Pay the free kicks for anything other than ducking Your head and force the coaches and players to change how they tackle.
5) Umpires to be instructed to ball it up once two to three players are fighting for the ball, then run in and just throw it up without delay. This applies to boundary throw ins also. With removing the Auskick nomination process this will get the game moving.

I just want to watch Australian Rules Football, I don’t care how many interchanges there are, I don’t care how many goals are scored, I only care whether my team wins or loses. The AFL have changed the sport for no reason, the supporters loved the sport as much 30-40 years ago as they do today. No rule changes were required at all. There is heaps of other rules I would change back also but as they won’t change anything the above is what I believe are just silly changes for no reason at all.
Well said, my thoughts exactly and have been for some time..

The only thing I'd add is to reduce the bench back to two thus forcing the coaches & players to become more tactical as well as hopefully forcing teams to go with more individual man-on-man duels.
 

LordLucifer

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Change the rule so if the ball touches the goal post but still goes through the middle goes then it is a goal, but if the ball touches the posts and goes through for a behind then it is a behind. If the ball touches the post and bounces back in play then it is play on.

Immediately fixes any controversy over whether the ball grazed the post.
Controversial but interesting.
 

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LordLucifer

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1: Get rid of the bounce.

2: Get rid of the boundary throw ins, boundary umpire brings it in twenty metres and throws it up and retreats to the boundary.

3: Get rid of the goal square, kick ins from behind the line and between the point posts, no play on.

4: Three interchange gates, Wing, Back third, Front third.

5: Ground split into three zones with a dotted line extended from the front and back edges of the centre square.
Four players must remain in the forward and back thirds from both teams at all times in game time creating an
8-20-8 scenario and challenging coaches to lengthen the ground to prevent separation. End zone players can be
designated with coloured interchangeable arm bands and can be interchanged through the three zone gates or
by exchanging the arm band for a resting midfielder. No full ground press and kick in zones possible, space the
final frontier.

6: Hopefully a return to the specialty players without detracting from the endurance guys.

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LordLucifer

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I have long been a fan of the team holding the ball rule.

So right now player A can be in congestion and pass it to player B who is immediately tackled. The umpire says "ball up" because player B had no time to dispose of it.

The team holding the ball rule would determine that since player A had time, and chose to pass it to a teammate who did not, then that is the prior opportunity, so if player A passes it to player B who is immediately tackled, then it is a free against that team for holding the ball.

That rule would force players to get the ball out of packs fast, and would stop all the little handballs in packs, while also decreasing the rolling maul time thing we often see. A player gets the ball in the pack their first instinct will be to get it out by whatever means necessary.
I get the theory but you don't need the Team based free, just get rid of 'prior opportunity' and pay holding the ball for a good tackle.

Also, if Player Red is tackled by Player Blue and a second Player Red stacks on top of them to force a ball-up, pay a free kick against the Red team for creating the stoppage.
 

LordLucifer

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The only time a player can use a clenched fist in a match is (a) for a defensive punch to the ball in a marking contest, or (b) when hand-balling.

If a clenched fist is used in any other circumstance then it is automatically a free kick and a referral to the tribunal.
 
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deanc

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RUNVS said:
Change the rule so if the ball touches the goal post but still goes through the middle goes then it is a goal, but if the ball touches the posts and goes through for a behind then it is a behind. If the ball touches the post and bounces back in play then it is play on.

Immediately fixes any controversy over whether the ball grazed the post.

Controversial but interesting.

A good mate of mine has been banging on about this for years and even more so now we have this score review system.

It's really only 'controversial' because it defies tradition, but rugby and soccer have never had any issues with the ball deflecting off their posts...

The play-on off the posts if the ball returns into play could be an exciting element to the game but also a nightmare for defenders...

They could trial this is during pre-season matches but given it's a rare occurrence in games, support for or against will be difficult to determine.
 

deanc

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Yojimbo said:
1: Get rid of the bounce.

2: Get rid of the boundary throw ins, boundary umpire brings it in twenty metres and throws it up and retreats to the boundary.

3: Get rid of the goal square, kick ins from behind the line and between the point posts, no play on.

4: Three interchange gates, Wing, Back third, Front third.

5: Ground split into three zones with a dotted line extended from the front and back edges of the centre square.
Four players must remain in the forward and back thirds from both teams at all times in game time creating an
8-20-8 scenario and challenging coaches to lengthen the ground to prevent separation. End zone players can be
designated with coloured interchangeable arm bands and can be interchanged through the three zone gates or
by exchanging the arm band for a resting midfielder. No full ground press and kick in zones possible, space the
final frontier.

6: Hopefully a return to the specialty players without detracting from the endurance guys.

Yojumbo, you were doing so well until point 5 - where everyone knows coloured interchangeable arm bands won't work, it has to be propeller hats:
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