At times I do wonder why I bother. But lest be accused all the time that I only complain, that is what some quarters claim, I took the trouble to prepare a proposal for the MHC Competitions Committee so as to further improve the MHL.
This was done after engaging some of the team managers and coaches on ways to make the MHL more interesting in the TNB Cup and Presidents Cup, both which get underway on May 1.
But the proposals were thrown out of the window by the smart Competitions Committee and I hereby publish the proposal for the reading pleasure of hockey fans, both domestically and abroad.
What this proves is that no matter how much good one tries to do for hockey in Malaysia, it will never be accepted by those sitting in high chairs.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RULES FOR QUARTERFINALS OF THE TNBMHL FOR THE TNB CUP AND PRESIDENTS CUP
JUSTIFICATION FOR INCLUSION OF THE 45 SECOND RULE
In a study undertaken for two matches of the TNBMHL, these were the outcomes with regards to time being wasted for penalty corners:
SAPURA v TENAGA NASIONAL BERHAD
Sapura took the following time to execute their penalty corners:
1) 61 seconds
2) 65 seconds
3) 38 seconds
4) 56 seconds
5) 66 seconds
Hence a total of 286 seconds being 4 minutes and 46 seconds utilised
As for TNB, these were the timings as follows:
1) 65 seconds
2) 66 seconds
3) 73 seconds
4) 62 seconds
5) 54 seconds
6) 63 seconds
Hence a total of 383 seconds, being 6 minutes and 23 seconds were utilised.
Conclusion: A total of 11 minutes and 9 seconds out of 70 minutes of the match were spent on penalty corner preparations.
MAYBANK V UNIKL
Maybank took the following time to execute their penalty corners:
1) 73 seconds
Hence a total of 76 seconds being 1 minutes and 13 seconds utilised
As for UniKL, these were the timings as follows:
1) 89 seconds
2) 49 seconds
3) 71 seconds
4) 58 seconds
5) 61 seconds
6) 59 seconds
Hence a total of 770 seconds, being 12 minutes and 50 seconds were utilised.
Conclusion: A total of 14 minutes and 3 seconds out of 70 minutes of the match were spent on penalty corner preparations.
When a Penalty Corner is awarded, umpires shall (for the purposes of defenders to put on protective gear etc) allow not less than 45 seconds to pass before allowing the Penalty Corner to commence.
The engaged umpire shall give both the defence and the attackers signals as the expiry of the 45 seconds approaches. Upon expiry of the 45 seconds the umpire may allow the taking of the Penalty Corner, whether or not the defenders are ready. If the attackers fail to inject the ball within a reasonable time after that then the umpire may disallow the corner.
Note: the 45 second rule will apply only to the initial award of a Penalty Corner and not to any retake, or to any second Penalty Corner awarded before the ball has moved 5m from the circle.
DURATION OF MATCHES
A match consists of 70 minutes played in four periods of 17½ minutes each, separated by an interval of 2 ½ minutes at quarter and three quarter time, and of 10 minutes at half time. Teams will change ends at half time only.
The team which has taken the first centre pass will also take the centre passafter the first quarter break. The other team will take the centre pass after half time and after the third quarter break.
Video Umpiring will be utilised in the live play off matches only (including any periods of extra time and shoot outs required)
One umpire will be stationed within the Astro OB to monitor the match and view the replays and communicate it to the respective umpires via walkie talkies.
The Video Umpire procedures will be provided to teams.