Shot Clock or Illegal Defense

DC Sports Nexus ---- Thursday, November 10, 2011

Holding the ball with a lead is my favorite move in intramural basketball. It may be a social league co-ed basketball game, but nothing makes me happier than holding the ball with a lead at the top of the key until some girl comes out and covers me. Before the invention of the shot clock the NBA had plays like that and in today's high school basketball world with no shot clock games are sometimes not really basketball games. For example, this girls basketball game that ended 7-4 in Overtime.

This move is great for strategy sometimes, but it is the worst possible thing for a fan watching the game. If this happened in today's NBA or College game, less people would be watching (hence the shot clock). So when I saw the following happen in the NHL it kind of annoyed me. Something like this shouldn't happen in professional sports.

So is there a solution so this doesn't happen? Well, you can either make the offensive players play with a shot clock or blue line clock or you could make some kind of illegal defense call so that the D can't just sit back in a zone. So far the only thing keeping this from happening is players wanting to play hockey and not be boring a-holes.

Yes, you are correct...I am trying to turn hockey into basketball...


Dustin said...

I've never seen that happen in hockey before, not to that extent!

Over_head said...

Sure, but I am not sure we need a solution. I do not think it will become a problem.

If it did, the refs and league would have a couple of option, none of which involve a new rule. We do not need anymore new rules. They could expand the definition of rule 72.1 (you know, like the government often does with laws)

"72.1 Refusing or Abstaining from Playing the Puck - The purpose of this section is to enforce continuous action and both Referees and Linesmen should interpret and apply the rule to produce this result."

Or, they could get creative with rule 73.2 which says:

"73.2 Procedure – Team On Ice - If, when both teams are on the ice, one team for any reason shall refuse to play when ordered to do so by the Referee, he shall warn the Captain and allow the team so refusing fifteen (15) seconds within which to begin the play or resume play. If at the end of that time, the team shall still refuse to play, the Referee shall impose a bench minor penalty for delay of game on a player of the offending team to be designated by the Coach of that team through the playing Captain. Should there be a repetition of the same incident, the Referee shall notify the Coach that he has been fined the sum of two hundred dollars ($200). The offending Coach shall be removed from the players’ bench and assessed a game misconduct penalty."

If it becomes a major issue, I would like the see the refs use rule 73.2. Call a minor on both teams for "refusing to play" and we will have plenty of open ice with a 4 on 4.

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