Shot at goal hits defender

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  1. mdemello

    mdemello FHF Newbie

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    An attacker shoots the ball towards the goal but the ball hit a defender, who is within 3m and in an upright stance, below the knee. The rule is clear that if this happens during a PC, it is another PC. However, it is not clear what the call is during regular play.

    1. Should this be called for danger?
    2. Does it depend on whether the defender is stationary or moving?

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  2. Nij

    Nij FHF All Time Great

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    The rule only applies for penalty corners and only for the first shot. However many umpires use it as a guideline for open play as well. Having said that, a PC is a very particular scenario and the rule is "built" with that scenario in mind: an attacker shooting at the goal from very clear places, with defenders approaching from very specific positioning and in a very consistent manner.

    In open play you also need to consider things like whether the ball-playing action was a legitimate shot at goal; whether the defender deliberately or incidentally placed the leg in the way or had no time to make such a decision; whether and in what direction the defender and attacker were moving and facing; whether the defender attempted to legitimately play the ball; the speed of the ball and hence amount of time available to react to the ball-playing action.

    Ask yourself: did the defender (who got hit) have any opportunity to protect themselves - including by their choice of position relative to the ball? If so, how effective could such opportunity have been, based on the skill of players and speed/path of ball and timing of ball-playing action?

    Defenders who have no chance of protecting themselves (should) almost always be awarded the FPD for dangerous play by attacker. Defenders who could have protected themselves but didn't, can't expect the attacker to just not play the game, and thus the offence is theirs.

    The balance between the two is up to personal judgement accounting for level of play and other factors of match context.
     
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  3. mdemello

    mdemello FHF Newbie

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    Thanks for your detailed reply. While I intend to make calls based on your explanation, I feel that the scenarios described in your 3rd and 4th paragraphs apply equally to PCs but if they are hit below the knee and are within 3m, it is a PC!
     

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