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Author Topic: Trial of Line Assistants at AMUC 2009  (Read 8675 times)
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« on: September 16, 2009, 11:22:18 PM »

Hi all,

As you may have heard, AFDA will be trialling the use of Line Assistants at the showcase pool game between Spiderpig and MUCUS at the AFDA Australian Mixed Ultimate Championships 2009 in Hobart.

Here is a brief description about Line Assistants:

The aim of Line Assistants is to strengthen spirit of the game and the self-refereeing model and to empower the players by providing them with better information with which to make decisions.

ALL calls will still be made BY THE PLAYERS. Line Assistants will not make calls and will not remove any responsibilities from the players. They may simply provide advice, if asked.
Line Assistants also assist the smooth running of the game by signalling what has just happened on the field.

A more detailed description of the Line Assistants trial is available here: http://www.afda.com/trashtalk/showarticle.php?articleid=676

Please let us know what you think:

We are keen to gather feedback from players and spectators about this initiative, both before and after the showcase game. This area of the rules is a work-in-progress and we want to improve them as much as possible prior to the next rules release.

We plan to circulate a questionnaire to the crowd or maybe provide an online poll after the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Rueben or Jonathan.

Thanks

Rueben Berg
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WFDF Ultimate Rules Committee
rueben dot berg at wfdf dot org

Jonathan Potts
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2009, 12:09:16 AM »

As a spectator at World Games I remain a fence sitter on the whole line "impartial observer" part of a line assistant's role (that's more for players to comment on), but the communication of calls to the crowd was fantastic.

I'm looking forward to the trial and seeing some healthy debate after people have experienced it.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2009, 06:19:38 AM »

Ultimate is a fairly average spectator sport. It makes a good highlight reel but watching a full game from beginning to end can be an exercise in frustration and boredom. Anything that helps improve this is a good thing in my books.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2009, 09:51:17 AM »

I don't see the problem. They're not interfering with the game. And the hand signals are a winner.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2009, 06:51:39 PM »

It is interesting to contrast the opinions stated here with those on Aus-ultimate.
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009, 11:53:41 PM »

So what's the verdict?

I didn't get to go to mixed nats but I hear the line assistants weren't called upon for any decisions, so did the crowd appreciate the hand signals?
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2009, 01:27:11 AM »

I thought it was good. Particularly as a communication aid to help the crowd (and commentators) pick up on what's going on. I prefer playing to watching, but the line assistants made the watching less of a chore as it meant as a spectator you didn't have to have 100% focus on the game at all times to figure out what was going on. Having the commentator translate the signals was great for that reason as well.

Another good thing about having line callers is they provide more heckling targets.
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