Former AFL champion Mick McGuane is anxious umpires must guess whether or not a participant is faking a handball as a part of rule tweaks for the 2023 season.
As one among three refined rule shifts, a 50m penalty will now not be paid if a participant, who takes a mark or is awarded a free kick, fakes a handball whereas standing behind the stationary man on the mark.
Gamers used the faux handball to attract gamers from the “stand” place, which incurred a penalty in 2022.
The interpretation was made to try to simplify the sport for officiating, minimising delays and lowering participant exploitation of guidelines.
However McGuane was one of some former gamers to level out it could imply the umpire needed to guess whether or not a participant was faking, or had modified their thoughts.
“Oh No, no, no….. Now we’re asking the umpires to find out if a participant is faking handballs v an possibility that could be there however determined to alter his thoughts,” McGuane posted on twitter.
Former AFL umpire Matt Head additionally mentioned that it was simply “guidelines on guidelines” and “not the best way to repair the issue”.
The change will come to in impact from Spherical 1 with the second change demanding gamers who enter the protected 5m space after giving freely a free kick or dropping a marking contest should stand the mark or instantly depart.
If the participant begins to face the mark then backs away earlier than the umpire calls “stand”, it’ll end in a 50m penalty.
Lastly, and in probably the least spectacular, inspirational change, umpires will now not give an alert to gamers on the 15-second mark of their set shot at aim, as a substitute receiving only a warning at 25 seconds.
Gamers will nonetheless be allowed 30 seconds to start out their set-shot method.