BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Coordinator of Officials Dr. Bob Corb has released new Instructions to Rule 6-5 and Appendix C for Officiating in a Shallow Bottom Pool.
Per the document, “Taken together, Rule 6-5-2 and Appendix C proscribe a special set of rules for officiating in a shallow bottom pool. The biggest difference is that if a defensive player uses the bottom to impede an offensive player this action is treated as holding (exclusion) rather than impeding, and this is to be called even if the offensive player is holding the ball. The idea behind this tougher punishment is to have it serve as a deterrent to defenders using the bottom to their advantage. Likewise, if an offensive player uses the bottom to their advantage this should be an offensive foul and a turnover.”
Additional rules and interpretations from the NCAA are available on the organization’s NCAA Water Polo Officiating Advantage website on the Arbiter platform at https://www1.arbitersports.com/front/107515/Site.