The state of play, professional vs amateur. Players vs umps.

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Vassp

Club Legend
Jun 30, 2018
1,283
2,497
AFL Club
Richmond
Skills on show from the players on round one is pretty good to great.
the umpiring has been pretty poor to average.

Not just blaming the umps, it’s the rule committee that’s to blame more than anything because they set up the umps to fail.

how do we fix it.....

the line between what is a free and what isn’t is very thin......so many soft frees it’s really frustrating.
the dreaded 50 mtr penalty....what a farce, pay the damn thing when a player interrupts play not when he crosses an imaginary line that could be anything from 10 mtrs to 4 mtrs. Get rid of the soft 50 penalties because it cheapens our game.
everyone l know hates 50 mtr penalties and it’s the most frustrating part to fans, isn’t it all about the fans?

stop reversing frees, another cheap shot and DOES NOT reward play, fine the players heavily, send them off for a quarter or suspend them based on the off the ball incident.
 

Wolftone

Premiership Player
Feb 1, 2012
3,728
3,082
Lilyfield
AFL Club
Sydney
Skills on show from the players on round one is pretty good to great.
the umpiring has been pretty poor to average.

Not just blaming the umps, it’s the rule committee that’s to blame more than anything because they set up the umps to fail.

how do we fix it.....

the line between what is a free and what isn’t is very thin......so many soft frees it’s really frustrating.
the dreaded 50 mtr penalty....what a farce, pay the damn thing when a player interrupts play not when he crosses an imaginary line that could be anything from 10 mtrs to 4 mtrs. Get rid of the soft 50 penalties because it cheapens our game.
everyone l know hates 50 mtr penalties and it’s the most frustrating part to fans, isn’t it all about the fans?

stop reversing frees, another cheap shot and DOES NOT reward play, fine the players heavily, send them off for a quarter or suspend them based on the off the ball incident.
The problem is far too many highly interpretive rules.

What is prior opportunity and what isn't?

What is deliberate OOB and what isn't?

What is incorrect disposal and what isn't? When that rule was dropping the ball, throwing the ball it was easy. A throw is anything that is not punched with the fist of one hand while the ball in the opposite hand is steady. In other words the hand with the ball is not moving in any way bar body momentum. The arm and hand must be steady not moving. Dropping the ball was any action that dropped the ball to the ground after being tackled without handballing. See 2016 Grand Final for some wonderful examples of dropping the ball let go. Some 140 of them.

There are so many more rules that have been f’ed up be umpiring directors, coaches and the AFL due to stupid interpretation. I once had an argument with some idiot who decided to interpret my comments. The comments were straight forward but he must have been a fan of Post Modernist writing, a public servant or a Corporate w***er. DON'T BLOODY INTERPRET PAY FREES ACCORDING TO REASONABLY BLACK & WHITE RULES





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