2019 NCAA Tournament

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Polo75
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Re: 2019 NCAA Tournament

Postby Polo75 » Tue May 21, 2019 11:11 am

Watching the NCAA games, which were very competitive with lots of talented athletes. I noticed on almost every transition and attack the amount of suit grabbing that occurred to gain advantage ? Is this all part of the women’s game ? How can one determine if this is offensive or defensive fouls ? Is it a judgement that refs have to make ?

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Re: 2019 NCAA Tournament

Postby lopcroix » Tue May 21, 2019 6:39 pm

Polo75 wrote:Watching the NCAA games, which were very competitive with lots of talented athletes. I noticed on almost every transition and attack the amount of suit grabbing that occurred to gain advantage ? Is this all part of the women’s game ? How can one determine if this is offensive or defensive fouls ? Is it a judgement that refs have to make ?


Ha! It's so much a part of the women's game that there is a long paragraph "Points of Emphasis" in the NCAA Rules.

From: https://collegiatewaterpolo.org/wp-cont ... 019_20.pdf

"5. Applying rules to the women's game. Officiating the women’s game requires an understanding of the importance of the women’s suit. Because of the extra material, suit grabbing and holding occurs regularly throughout the pool, and if not addressed by the referees will result in a more stagnant and physical game. Suit holding is a violation of Rule 7-9 and must be treated as such by the referees. Good fundamentals, including collaboration, anticipation and positioning, are critical. Referees must anticipate the play and be in position to see all of the points of contact between each pair of players. This also requires good collaboration between the referees as they look for the best position to see which player initiates the contact. Look for “improbable movement” by either player; movement a player would be unable to make without assistance from another player, as an indication of holding. When an offensive player is in possession of the ball or is trying to create space to receive a pass, referees must be aware of the offensive player’s off-hand, which is frequently holding her opponent’s suit. This is especially critical at the Center Forward position, where either player (and most likely both) may be using her opponent’s suit to gain an unearned positional advantage or to simulate a foul. On the perimeter (and anywhere in the pool) where the players are facing each other, suit grabbing and holding is likely to be occurring by both players. Likewise, in transition, either player may grab her opponent’s suit in order to gain an unearned positional advantage, to negate an earned advantage, or to simulate a foul. Referees must consistently address these situations by applying the rules as written throughout the game."

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Re: 2019 NCAA Tournament

Postby Polo75 » Wed May 22, 2019 11:01 am

Thanks for that helpful insight. That helps explain the women’s game a bit better. Sounds like officials have a very hard job determining what is an actual advantage when it come to suit grabbing because it’s allowed essentially the whole time. So after reading, applying the rules for women it explains what was going on in the NCAA games. Great athletes and great polo. All teams deserve credit.

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