- Sep 16, 2015
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Claremont Tigers
I'd go one further and refine rules that the umpires sometimes use and sometimes don't. Be really specific about under what circumstances you blow your whistle. Chopping the arms, blocking a player's run at the ball, deliberate out of bounds, front on contact. The example I use is LBW in cricket.Didn’t wankley and co do this last year?
LBW is a really difficult one to judge. But everyone knows what's going on. It happens in a split second and is totally the umps call. However, he's given really clear instructions (if it's pitching in line, hitting the stumps with no possibility of going over or down legside - it's out. All other scenarios and you have to give the benefit of the doubt to the batsman, with the exception being if they don't play a shot, in which case the ball doesn't have to be pitching in line with the stumps.) It's very prescriptive. The 'benefit of the doubt' in football terms would be 'play on'.
Then, If the rule can't be realistically broken down into a specific black-and-white example - get rid of it.