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Question Number: 19226

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct 5/29/2008

RE: Competitive Under 14

Jay of Santa Cruz, CA USA asks...

This question is a follow up to question 19208

For a charge to be fair does the charger need to come in essentially parallel to the direction as the player with the ball or can the player come in at another angle? Girl with ball is running down the field. Girl on other team is closing at an angle of about 45 degrees. Collision. It seems to me that the girl trying to steal the ball is relying on the mass of the girl with the ball to follow the path of the, now free, ball. Foul? Related to this on fair charges, in order to be a fair charge, shoulder to shoulder, what does the rest of the body need to be doing? What are you looking for? How much leaning into the other player is permitted? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer

Jay let me remind you a charge is essentially shoulder to shoulder and the initiating player has at least one foot on the ground. It is not done with excessive force nor recklessness nor carelessness. It might seem that a player relying on inertia do alter the path of an opponent 45 degrees is at the very least reckless in her play. Another thing to remember is when tackling the ball and contact is made with the opponent before contact is made with the ball this is indeed foul play.


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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

In my opinion angled intercepts are most often a charge or push. Unless they travel at equal speed and generally in same direction pursuit it is difficult to charge fairly. The free arms tend to cut across the body as in sling shot effect or holding pattern. The angled intercepts generally have a push to the back element first before the shoulders are in contact often both players are using the free arm to hold off, clutch grab or push with some degree of unfairness in an equal fashion. Getting to a ball first does not excuse then wiping out the opponent in a unsafe manner! Cheers

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