Date:Thu, 27 Sep 2001 08:36:36 -0600
Reply-To:Discussion of Topics for Soccer Referees <[log in to unmask]>
Sender:Discussion of Topics for Soccer Referees <[log in to unmask]>
From:Jeff Benjamin <[log in to unmask]>
Organization:Lab & Lizard Ltd.
Subject:Re: Goalkeeper - Dangerous Play
Tom Marlin wrote:
> In Darrel's case it is simple intimidation, and must be dealt with
> before someone gets hurt; an upraised knee is a dangerous weapon.
Agreed, that a knee raised to intimidate, when the ball is not in the
air, should be dealt with. Even when going up for a high ball, the
keeper's knee should not be used as a weapon - the keeper's attention
should be focused on the ball, not the oncoming attacker. In this
respect they do not differ from any other player on the field.
I just wanted to give some background on *why* keepers use their knee,
and dispel the myth I have occasionally heard among refs that a raised
knee is not necessary and should be automatically sanctioned.
Bernie Reddy wrote:
> Related idle question: what do basketball players do when going for rebounds
> near the basket? I don't watch much basketball, either, but my mental image
> is one of athletes exploding straight up into the air
The physics of a basketball coming down off the rim are very different
from a flighted soccer ball. Assuming a basketball player has position,
under the basket, they are jumping almost straight up. A goalkeeper
needs to be going forward towards the ball as well as up, thus the
one-footed takeoff is preferred.
Jeff Benjamin benji @ fc.hp.com
Hewlett Packard Co. Fort Collins, Colorado
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