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El Macman

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2011, 04:22:58 PM »
How about this for a rule change:
Kick catch interference
During a legal scrimmage kick, when a player of Team B is in position to catch the kick beyond the neutral zone, no player of Team A shall interfere with the B player's sight of of the ball, and shall not contact the B player, or contact the ball with hand or arm (while the ball is in flight) until after the B player has completed the catch, or until the B player's muff of the kick has touched the ground or another player of Team B. When in question, the catch was not completed before the contact by A.

What does this do?
It dramatically reduces our judgment on KCI, because,if the receiver isn't touched and makes the catch - no foul. If he muffs it, neither he nor the ball can be contacted by A until the ball touches the ground or a teammate. A players can get as close as they want, they can yell, and they can try to distract him, as long as they don't block his vision to the ball. Fair trades, I think. They can't mess with him until AFTER he has completed the catch - they will have to slow down their timing on trying to tackle him.  The receiver would have the knowledge that he must be given the opportunity to complete the catch before he can be contacted. Contacting him AS he completes the catch would be KCI, even if he hangs on to the ball. Would make for far less judgment on our part. The only real judgment left is whether his vision was blocked or not. That would have to be a really overt act - like waving of hands or arms right in his face.

What do y'all think?


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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2011, 06:51:36 PM »
This has always fascinated me.  Why it is that the general mindset is somehow the game is improved each year by changing the rules....  Like politics, I'm sure that will never end - but looking at the reality of the game you'd think that at some point we'd 'get it right' and only have to make minor adjustments to keep up with the evolution of the game.  I hope we're getting closer to that with 2-year cycles.

Also, we listen to the trainers advice so that safety is maintained -- ok, it is a collision sport, a voluntary collision sport, but why if we're listening to them did this happen?  Although the rule was originally passed as a player-safety measure, the athletics trainers who advise the rule committee say that this action is no more dangerous than most normal football plays.

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2011, 08:21:38 AM »
This has always fascinated me.  Why it is that the general mindset is somehow the game is improved each year by changing the rules....  Like politics, I'm sure that will never end - but looking at the reality of the game you'd think that at some point we'd 'get it right' and only have to make minor adjustments to keep up with the evolution of the game.  I hope we're getting closer to that with 2-year cycles.

What's the rules committee going to do if they're not tinkering?  The devil makes work for idle hands...

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #28 on: February 03, 2011, 03:44:39 AM »
if the receiver isn't touched and makes the catch - no foul
Or make it hard to see the ball...
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no player of Team A ..., and shall not contact the B player
If the A player is standing still waiting and the B player runs through A to get to the ball, is A making contact with B? I would say B made contact with A.
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contact the ball with hand or arm (while the ball is in flight)
Any part of the body. If the ball hits A in the back of the head for instance.

I think the label Kick Catch Interference is misleading. I guess your definition is working towards just that - interfering in the catch of the kick, but should the label not be Interference with the Opportunity to Catch a Kick? Your definition does not address when B can not get TO the ball because A is in the way. If they go around a player and are therefore not in the correct position, but do not contact the player. If they go through the player to get to position to catch the kick.

Also, I think there is still a lot of judgement as to whether he was contacted after he completed the catch, or as he was completing it.

Just my thoughts.

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #29 on: February 03, 2011, 01:07:11 PM »
James,

My proposal would give B more protection from contact, but the trade off is that the receiver will have be good enough to ignore the 'presence' of an opponent. If the A player gets bonked on the head, back, abdomen or legs by the untouched kicked ball, then we've got illegal touching, anyway, so no big deal. Chances are, if he is so close to the receiver as to get bonked by the ball, he will probably contact him, drawing the KCI flag. We use the catch criteria to establish when the receiver can be contatced, i.e., the receiver has to do something with the ball after he catches it before he can be contacted. If we don't have a catch, and we have contact , its a KCI foul. If we have a catch, then we can't have a KCI foul. If the receiver has to go through a defender to get to the ball, then he gets the KCI foul.  That'll make the defenders keep their distance. If the receiver chooses to run around the defender, he gets nothing.
Much simpler, and more fair to both teams. IMHO.

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2011, 02:19:47 PM »
Also, we listen to the trainers advice so that safety is maintained -- ok, it is a collision sport, a voluntary collision sport, but why if we're listening to them did this happen?  Although the rule was originally passed as a player-safety measure, the athletics trainers who advise the rule committee say that this action is no more dangerous than most normal football plays.

Agree.
When the prohibition for leaping when into effect in 2004, trainers advised the Rules Committee that players running forward and jumping high generated a lot stored energy.  This potential energy was converted to a high concentration of force when the leaper landed.  If the leaper landed on an opponent - often times defenseless against a falling object - the large force would be dissipated upon the opponent.  Trainers went on to testify that this practice was unsafe for both the leapee as well as the leaper.  And the NCAA PROP (safety watchdog) committee endorsed the change.  Then, the following year, both committees thought that leaping was so unhealthy, they went on make it illegal for the leaper land on a teammate.

One has to wonder about the committees' advisers.  Is the proposed change due to a new batch of athletic trainers or different thinking?

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2011, 02:20:38 PM »
Whatever happen to using good judgement to determine a foul?


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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2011, 05:18:56 PM »
Whatever happen to using good judgement to determine a foul?

Nothing. But what happened to the concept of letting the players determine the play of the game, and not having officials interjected into the game any more than absolutely necessary? Reducing the amount of judgment required by officials means the players are making that much more determination as to who wins or loses. Not afraid of making judgments, when there is no way to play the game without that judgment. But, in the case of KCI, a lot of the judgment can be removed. And, if it can be removed, it should.
Similarly, we don't need more rules regarding helmets. There are more than enough rules to keep players as safe as current technology will allow, if they want to be safe. Loose helmets is a choice they are making, and trainers/coaches are allowing. If that's what they want, let 'em go. Lose a helmet and get your head busted - tough. A properly fitted helmet with securely fastened 4-point chin strap ain't coming off by simple contact, or even by all but the most extreme pulling action. As with the other uniform and equipment issues, let the teams and administrators fix that problem - leave us out of it. Let us focus on game play issues - holding, PI, clipping, etc.
Alas, it seems to be all part of the epidemic of irresponsibility sweeping the world. Everybody wants someone else to make them behave. Then they COMPLAIN when they are called on the carpet.

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #33 on: February 05, 2011, 02:30:45 PM »
Whatever happen to using good judgement to determine a foul?

I agree, there is more than enough emphasis on consistency of interpretations to provide consistent application for judgment calls, that have always been (and hopefully will continue to be) part of the game.  Trying to write binding requirements covering the smallest details of variables into the rules serves only to increase confusion and will accomplish absolutely nothing towards reducing differences of opinion. 

There is one part of this game that will never change, officials are required to be impartial, and coaches by their very nature will always be partial.  Long ago it was decided that twain shall never meet and officials were given the authority to render their best judgment in making calls interpreting the rules.  Coaches, players, announcers, administrators and spectators are free to make their own conclusions, but the reality is they just don't matter.

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2011, 02:12:54 PM »
  ........... But, in the case of KCI, a lot of the judgment can be removed. And, if it can be removed, it should. ..........

Why don't we try a halo rule?  That should work well.  >:D

The idea that the judgment part of KCI can be eliminated has been tried multiple times - and none of them worked very well.  I can't see any way that the judgment part of officiating will ever go away.
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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #35 on: February 06, 2011, 04:13:06 PM »
Why don't we try a halo rule?  That should work well.  >:D

The idea that the judgment part of KCI can be eliminated has been tried multiple times - and none of them worked very well.  I can't see any way that the judgment part of officiating will ever go away.

You don't get it. With my suggestion, if he catches the ball and there hasn't been any contact, then no foul. Judgment gone. Not the case right now.

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2011, 11:03:28 AM »
You don't get it. With my suggestion, if he catches the ball and there hasn't been any contact, then no foul. Judgment gone. Not the case right now.


But what about the judgment required to determine if he's made a "football move" yet?  Or did he run into the defender who was in contact with a blocker?  Or did the defender clearly make the receiver change his path to the ball but there was no actual contact?  Or .... (put in your own list here).  Would the "new rules" be different after a fair catch signal? IMO just too many variables to come even close to making a rule change here that would be truly deterministic and not require a significant amount of individual judgment on a kick play.
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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2011, 04:27:31 PM »
But what about the judgment required to determine if he's made a "football move" yet?  Or did he run into the defender who was in contact with a blocker?  Or did the defender clearly make the receiver change his path to the ball but there was no actual contact?  Or .... (put in your own list here).  Would the "new rules" be different after a fair catch signal? IMO just too many variables to come even close to making a rule change here that would be truly deterministic and not require a significant amount of individual judgment on a kick play.

It would reduce, not eliminate, judgment. The biggest arguments have always come when a flyer buzzes or crowds a receiver, but he manages to catch it anyway, or he muffs it without contact, and we get the flag down for KCI. And those account for the VAST majority of KCI calls. With this proposal, that judgment goes away - no contact, no foul. Then, judgment is when there is contact, and the question is, "Was the contact before or after the catch was completed?" IMHO, significantly easier, and leaving much more of the game to the players. The other judgment would be if he obscured the receiver's view of the ball, and I would make that be placing or waving of hands or arms CLEARLY in the line of sight to the ball, or a MUCH larger opponent positioning his head so close to the receiver's face that you can see his shadow across the receiver's eyes. In both cases, if the opponent is that close, the chances are he is going to get hit by the ball - illegal touching, so no big deal. And, if the receiver knows that the responsibility for contact rests SOLELY with the opponent, the receiver (in position make the catch - a judgment we already have to make) knows he is free to run through the opponent, perhaps 'drawing' a KCI foul. Now THERE is incentive for opponents to give the receiver his room to make the catch.

Judgment isn't eliminated, but it is reduced tremendously.

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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2011, 09:02:45 PM »
With this proposal, that judgment goes away - no contact, no foul.

IMO that sentence alone makes it a non-starter.  We'd have intimidation specialists the opening week of the season.
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Re: NCAA Rule Change Survey
« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2011, 10:20:45 PM »
IMO that sentence alone makes it a non-starter.  We'd have intimidation specialists the opening week of the season.

And what's so bad about that? The receivers a) get better and ignore the intimidation, or b) run through the defender and draw a contact KCI foul. Our lives become easier and the players take more control of their own destinies. Win-Win.