Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
I saw this rule implemented and promptly ignored this qualifier season. This is one of the rule disputes that I believe we can actually meet at a compromise on so let’s get some good ideas flowing. I think it’s possible to write this rule in a way that mitigates practically all danger associated with rampant face injuries without making defense against airborne assaults impossible. This one’s easy. If you have an idea, give it in the form you would like to see the rule written.
§7.2 – High Sticking
§7.2.1 – Ahigh sticking penaltywill be assessed in the following situations:
§184.108.40.206 – Aplayer attempts to contact an airborne ballwith their mallet at a height above the shoulder.
§220.127.116.11 – The mallet is brought into contactwith an opposing player’s body above the level
of the shoulders.