Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Restructuring the Time Out
Do people like the time out the way it is currently written? Should “mechanicals” and “time outs” be different things? Should we continue to associate a time out with a penalty served as a ball turnover? If someone’s bike breaks in an incidental collision and they must fix it, does conceding half court create an unfair advantage? Should teams be allowed a break of determined length without having to give up possession? What should the restart look like? Is it okay now? I don’t know what a solution would look like here but I feel like it could be better than it is now and I want to know if people agree with me or if it’s okay as is.
§3.2.9 – Mechanical Timeout
§188.8.131.52 – A timeout can be called by a player for mechanical issues by yelling “Time Out” to the referee.
§184.108.40.206 – Any player having the mechanical problem has the option to call a timeout or “mechanical” only after their team takes possession of the ball. After fixing the mechanical problem, the ball is turned over to the other team and play will restart according to §3.3.