9.2 – Mallet-to-Mallet contact:
- Incidental contact playing the ball is permitted.
- Defensively hooking, lifting or holding another player’s mallet is permitted.
- “Striking” – hitting another player’s mallet with excessive force – known as “striking” – will result in a warning or a penalty.
Today we look at Mallet-to-Mallet contact – something that in my opinion is the most important rule set to keep in mind. Let’s discuss each bullet point together, shall we?
Incidental contact playing the ball is permitted.
This is pretty self-explanatory in and of itself, but what it’s saying is basically this: if little Tommy Two-Shoes is winding up to whack the ball and Sally Salty-Tears is trying to push that ball away and they smack their mallets together – no harm no foul.
Defensively hooking, lifting or holding another player’s mallet is permitted.
This is something that we at LCBP definitely needs to work on. Generally speaking, we hack. Hack hack hackidy hack, even. The aim of this rule is to make disruptive contact intelligent. You aren’t just swinging your mallet around like the legs and arms of some drunk kid at the Village.
Instead, you’re messing up plays and still maintaining control of the play. Whenever one of us manages to do this, it’s obvious that they aren’t just messing up a play – they are changing the course of the play to benefit themselves.
“Striking” – hitting another player’s mallet with excessive force – known as “striking” – will result in a warning or a penalty.
Ok – I’ll be the first to point out that I am just as guilty as anyone else in this. I strike the hell out of people’s mallets. With excessive force. Known as striking.
but I’ve never gotten a warning or penalty!
I don’t think we need to really go into how much our own club violates this rule, but just as a quick reminder: it’s not Kosher, kids. We as a club need to move closer to not hacking.
Then again, it’s our own club, so I guess it comes down to majority decision. But them’s the rules.