It’s a No-Brainer

Last night’s news made it a No-Brainer.

The 7’5” basketballer, who can hold the ring whilst still on the ground!

Many of our major sports need to be changed. To be brought up-to-date.

The Human Race continues to grow taller, faster, fitter, and more skilled.

Sportsmen dedicate the prime years of their lives to sport and it’s demands. The major sports are all full-time professional.

We need to re-write and adjust the rules and specifications of many of our games.

Let’s look at a few…

Basketball / Netball:

When it no longer becomes a challenge to shoot a goal, we need to raise the ring. We lower it for junior sport; raise it for senior, or perhaps professional sport.

Or raise it for professional sport, and grade other competitions into height of the players (of all ages), and set the height of the ring accordingly.


Softball was originally established to enable everyone to play “baseball in the park”.

Because of the over-sized ball it was slower, took up less ground space, and enabled the casual player to have a game. And in the open park, the bigger ball is less dangerous to the public.

As is the custom, we developed skills and created organized competition, and far outgrew the original concept.

Professional and Grade Softball is much faster and harder than Baseball. A Baseballer, playing at an equivalent level of Softball might find it difficult to even lay bat on ball – as happened to me.

Also, I find it ludicrous (and physically detrimental) to expect a small child (usually a girl) to throw the over-sized Softball in competition.

For junior competition the ball needs to be reduced in size, and perhaps composition made softer (a Softball is not soft).

For senior competition the diamond needs to be extended. The good players and professionals hit the ball as hard as a Baseballer. The pitcher and baseplayers, have to field close to the bat to throw out a runner, as the distance between bags is so short. This is dangerous.

The pitching distance, whilst Ok for casual play, becomes exceptionally close when a good pitcher takes the plate. And the pitchers are allowed to drag off the pitching plate as they deliver the ball, making them almost on top of the batter. And they are fast!

Adjustments need to be made.


Although (many) of the batsmen are now extensively padded and protected, an exceptionally fast bowler becomes a lethal weapon.

I am not quite sure what the answer might be… lengthen the pitch? …Soften the composition of the ball? … manufacture standard “softer” pitches?

All will be scorned by the traditionalist, however consideration should be given to the situation.


We are demonstrating a common thread; retain the integrity, excellence and challenge of the game by making some fundamentals adjustments.

Of course, these goals and standards all get thrown out the window when we look at Australian Rules Football, or Mauleball as it has become.

The AFL Administration (the AFL) over the past 20 years have done and are continuing daily, to destroy the integrity and spectacle of the game.

Australian Rules Football, is a game of 100 minutes between two sides of 18 players, with two reserve players who may replace two players during the game.

There are a handful of rules which work. Having said that, I believe that the Charge is cowardly, dangerous and against the spirit of any game.

The AFL have taken to weekly interpreting and changing interpretations of rules, rather than enforcing them, until today it is utter pandemonium.

Our great game has become the most unruly, undisciplined and ugly game of all major sports.

The AFL have compounded the problem of the roving, mauling pack, by allowing four reserves, and unlimited interchange between all players. This has totally destroyed any concept of positional play and genuine contest.

I am criticizing the AFL, but the Coaches must also take blame. Coaches only coach to “what is allowed”. If you make the following changes, the Coaches will “adapt”.

All AFL players are now 12 month professionals. They are bigger, faster, fitter and more skilled than 30 years ago.

The ground size has not changed, thus, it is obvious that there are far too many players on the field.

There should be a reduction to 16 players per side with six replacement reserves.

Once taken off, a player may not return to the game. The exception is if a player is ordered off under the Blood rule, he may return; and if he returns and replaces his replacement, the latter may take the field again…and again…

Other matters which need attention include:

Ruck-play – is a farce and meaningless. Tell me how anyone wins a tap, by bringing the ball down to his own feet!

Why are Ruckmen allowed to hold each other?

I suggest that we take everyone out of the circle (and imaginary circle around the ground and at Throw-in) until the Ruckmen have cleared the ball. At the Centre Bounce, also keep other players outside of the Centre Square until the ball has cleared the Square.

Holding – is not legal if the player does not have possession of the ball.

Any form of contact with another player is not legal until

  1. the ball is in play and
  2. the ball is within 15 (?) metres

The Charge – Taking out a player with a Charge is cowardly, dangerous, and does not have a place in our game.

 Umpire to the (few basic) rules and we will restore our national game.

Take the microphone away from the umpire an instruct him to make decisions and stop talking, instructing and coaching.

Note: “Play On” is a ruling, not an instruction. Repeat the ruling only if the ball holder appears to be in danger or confusion because he apparently has not heard the ruling.

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David Massey

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