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NAH Ruleset V3.3 is Here – Now With Expected Hipster Fonts!

NAH Ruleset

The NAH has released the ruleset that we’ll be using for the rest of the year – ten pages of rules around ball handling, infractions, equipment, and mallet handling penalties.

I haven’t read it yet, but I wanted to get this quasi press release out quick.

Click here for a link directly to the pdf, and enjoy

Rule Highlight: Goalie Contact

9.8 – Goalie contact: A player may use their mallet to hook, shift, move, etc. the mallet of the player in goal in an effort to get them out of position or prevent them from stopping a shot. Body-to-body contact or any   incidental bike contact with the goalie is permitted only if the contact is between the player with the ball and the goalie.

I think out of all the rules I’ve looked at over the course of starting this little rule highlight feature, this one is my most favorite. Most favoritest, even.

A player may use their mallet to hook, shift, move, etc. the mallet of the player in goal in an effort to get them out of position or prevent them from stopping a shot.

So harassing the goalie is pretty much legitimate. Remember: bike polo really doesn’t have goalies. It has players who are acting as goalies. This means the rules that apply to any player likewise apply to the player defending the goal. something to mention here, however, is that hacking is still not allowed.

HACKING IS STILL NOT ALLOWED

HACKING IS STILL NOT ALLOWED

HACKING IS STILL NOT ALLOWED

Ok then.

I my opinion, hooking and lifting a goalie’s mallet is a better idea than hacking in this case anyway. By maintaining that control over the other player’s mallet, you’re basically taking away their opportunity to control the ball, which is pretty much the best way to incapacitate the goalie. Other than strangulation. Which is not allowed.

STRANGULATION IS NOT ALLOWED

Body-to-body contact or any  incidental bike contact with the goalie is permitted only if the contact is between the player with the ball and the goalie.

This is an interesting bit, as I think this argument has come up a few times within our club. The rule is this: if you are the player with the ball, you can push into the goalie while trying to make a goal and that’s OK. The rule of wrist here is that it can’t be that you’re plowing your bike into the goalie when you have the ball, hence that ever ambiguous “incidental” .

If you’re not the player with the ball, you can’t have body on body or bike contact. You can only hook, shift, or move the mallet.

 

To close this rule highlight out:

Mallet hooking on goalie: OK

Mallet shifting or moving on goalie: OK

Mallet Hacking of goalie: NOT OK

Body on body contact with goalie: OK if you are ball carrier

Body on body contact with goalie: Not OK if you are NOT ball carrier

Strangulation of goalie: NOT OK