Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Bike on Bike: Is there ever a "right of way" in bike polo?
The situation: You're on offense and in possession of the ball. You are being chased by a defender. You turn in (toward them), causing your rear wheel to contact their front wheel. This would technically read as you initiating contact, and thus a penalty could be given. However, at some level isn't this exact scenario the type where the defense is "beat" and the lane belongs to the offender (since they are in front), and so a sort of (and pardon the phrase) "right of way" logically overrule the "initiates contact" wording?
What are your thoughts about this?
Would your thoughts change if it was reversed (A defender wins the lane and closes it on the offense)?