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Old Mon Jan 23, 2006, 02:27pm
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Had this happen last Tuesday. A1 goes to the floor after a loose ball. He does not gain control but remains in a prone position. B1 is following closely and tries to hurdle A1. A1 begins to get up and hits B1's foot as he is clearing A1's torso. B1 goes to the floor. I call A1 for the trip. A1’s coach goes crazy while reporting the foul. Next call - "T" on A's coach. I guess you had to see the play to fully understand, but curious if I should have handled it differently.
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Old Mon Jan 23, 2006, 03:47pm
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B1 should have gotten the foul -- unless you thought A1 was trying to be malicious but then thats a flagrant -- A1 is entitled to his/her verticality and get off the ground -- B1's responsibility is to go around the other team not over or through them -- this isnt track...

i'd no call it or foul on B1 but not on A1 for trying to get up. Bad call IMO
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Old Mon Jan 23, 2006, 04:03pm
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I had the same thought after the fact, "A1 is entitled to his/her verticality and get off the ground". I'm not sure verticality is appropriate when the player is spread eagle on his stomach. B1 could have easily stepped over A1 with no contact. A1, in my view, was the sole cause for the contact. If I had the same thing again, I would probably give it a No-Call. Thanks for your opinion.
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Old Mon Jan 23, 2006, 04:11pm
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Sounds like incidental contact to me if no one traveled, etc....
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Old Mon Jan 23, 2006, 05:38pm
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IMO the game is to be played on your feet. If Player on the ground causes contact, I'd be more likely to give a foul to that player, whether they were straight up or not. Great call in my opinion.
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Old Mon Jan 23, 2006, 05:46pm
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These "scrums" are often ugly and it is easy to hold the whistle. But I agree with your call. I might have been a little more patient with the coach, though.. But as you say, I had to be there.
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