mazza, the idea of this bounce ball is that it bounces higher den the waist to eliminate the use of feet, and on your other point, the amount of times people are taken off field for injuries caused by kiks is far greater den head clashes, i know its just ur opinion but im just lettin u know the other side
cdad...the team in there half would kick it to the opposite half so in one sense what we see normally as a gesture when a player/s are injured when the ball is given back in fair play any DB for any reason can be applied as fair & as gesture as DB really provides no adv or disadv to a team...
Why don'y we fundamental try and sticjk with the LOTG whiich clearly state "the match is restarted with a dropped ball" - not a bounced ball or any variation.
The fact of a team kicking it back to their opponents is just a sporting gesture - the referee still 'drops' it to comply with the LOTG. The teams CAN still contest the ball if they desire.
The actions in the UK of a compulsory kick it to the opponents is clearly against the LOTG. On many occasions the referee wont be sure who actually had possession because he is concentrating or deliberating on the injured player before stopping play - so (if you apply the UK rules) who does he force to return the ball, becuase he probably doesn't know. But aoll of the players defintely do.
Oldref, I think we have established that as long as LOTG is as it is we should stick with what it asks us to do. However we are trying to establish if there can be any improvements.
IMHO the current process has at list two issues,
1. The risk of injury. 2. The frequency of players touching the ball before it hits the ground forcing a retake.
Another matter which LOTG can’t do much about is an ethics or sportsmanship question. When does one use (or not) the sporting gesture of giving the ball back to the opposition and how its done. An obvious example of this would be if one thinks the opposition may be faking an injury and then kick the ball out to gain an advantage (to kill time or kill the momentum or whatever), does one give the ball back to the opposition after the drop ball?
Although bouncing the ball solves issue 2 (retake) but I believe it could make it worse for issue 1 (injuries). My suggestion (throw in from half way by alternate teams) should solve both those issues.
While we are this subject I think junior coaches should teach the proper way of giving the ball back to the opposition from an early age. Far too often I've seen in say U14s or lower ages, the ball either kicked or thrown back to the opposition in a sporting gesture but before (or as soon as) the opposition has touched it, they are challenged for it.