Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Let’s talk about what this rule is like in other sports and if implementing a rule that judges intent in the case of unsportsmanlike conduct is an okay thing to do. Under unsportsmanlike conduct, we can include a lot of things that give the referee power to keep the game under control. Possibly, we can write it in a way that eliminates violent behavior, but also things like throwing an opponent’s downed mallet or mouthing off at a referee or a myriad of other things. Written properly, this rule can take care of a lot of problems – even actions unforeseen. It is very helpful if you state your idea in the form you would like to see the rule written. Help me with this!
§5.5 – Unsportsmanlike conduct
§5.5.1 – An Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be assessed when a player is judged by the referee to be behaving in an unsportsmanlike manner. Examples of this include:
§18.104.22.168 – Verbal abuse of a referee, goal judge, timekeeper, scorekeeper, or any other event organizer or official.
§5.5.2 – Knocking or relocating an opponent’s dropped mallet in order to make it more difficult for them to recover it.
§5.5.3 – Failure to tap out or leave the play after dabbing.