Captain’s involvement in discussions

  • April 19, 2014 at 7:03 am #679
    Peta McNaughton

    Relevant rule:

    1.10. Rules should be interpreted by the players directly involved in the play, or by players
    who had the best perspective on the play. Non-players, apart from the captain, should refrain from getting involved. However players may seek the perspective of non-players to clarify the rules, and to assist players to make the appropriate call for “down” calls and line calls.

    My interpretation of this rule in light of other rules (such as 1.3) is that only the (usually) two people directly involved in the issue should be involved in any resolution of that issue. (The exception to this is if the captain feels their player is making a bad call, misinterpreting the rules, etc)

    So as long as both players are making headway in their discussion, the captains should let them resolve the issue themselves and not get involved. My interpretation is that captains should only get involved if it doesn’t appear that the players are working towards a resolution (or the exceptions as above).

    Hope that makes sense. Is this a correct interpretation?

    April 19, 2014 at 7:20 am #680
    Florian Pfender

    The rules explicitly mentions players with best perspective. Usually, this mostly applies to in/out and up/down. But if you had really good perspective on a foul etc., you should at least let the involved players know that you saw the play very well so they can ask for your input.

    You are correct with the captain’s role. The captain should mostly make sure that the discussion is productive, but not weigh in on the actual argument (unless the captain had best perspective…).

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