50m Penalty Umpiring Scenarios

Examples from the QAFL of when an AFL umpire should award the 50m penalty

1. Encroaching the Mark

  • Correct decision to award 50m penalty
  • The Western Magpies player kicks the ball to their half back flank
  • The Western Magpies player takes a contested mark
  • The Redlands player is initially in the contest but runs forward of the mark holding the player in possession of the ball
  • Redlands are correctly penalised for Encroaching the Mark

2. Incorrect Ball Return

  • Correct decision to award 50m penalty
  • The Western Magpies player is correctly penalised for a Push out in the marking contest
  • The Western Magpies player in possession of the ball does not immediately return the ball to the correct Redlands player
  • He deliberately drops the ball onto the ground and is correctly penalised for incorrect ball return

3. High Contact

  • Player should have been awarded 50m penalty
  • Western Magpies move the ball from a Kick Out to the Half Back Flank
  • The Magpies player takes an uncontested mark
  • After he has established control a Redlands player makes late high contact and should have been penalised 50m

4. Entering the 5m Protected Area

  • Player should have been awarded 50m penalty
  • After a Centre Bounce a Southport Sharks player is in possession and chooses to change his direction to avoid a tackler instead of disposing of the ball.  In doing so he has used his prior opportunity and when tackled correctly fails to legally dispose of the ball
  • He is correctly penalised for Incorrect Disposal
  • The Labrador Tigers player assesses his option for his kick and a teammate inside the 5m protected area also directs him
  • A secondary Southport player runs from behind the play to take up a position near the Labrador teammate inside the 5m protected area
  • While this is allowed when he continues past the Labrador player and attempts to smother the kick before the umpire call play on he should have been penalised 50m for entering the 5m protected area

5. Secondary Free Kick for Prohibited Contact

  • Player should have been awarded 50m penalty
  • Southport player is running down the wing and takes a couple of bounces
  • He is tackled legally and fails to correctly dispose of the ball
  • Labrador player is correctly awarded a free kick for incorrect disposal
  • Southport player then puts the Labrador player on the ground after the free kick has been awarded and a 50m penalty should be paid for this secondary free kick for prohibited contact

6. 50m Penalty Umpiring Scenario
  • Correct decision to award 50m penalty
  • Mt Gravatt player takes the mark at Centre Half Forward and is taken to ground by his Aspley opponent
  • A 50m penalty is correctly awarded to Mt Gravatt
7. Encroaching the Mark
  • Correct decision to award 50m penalty
  • Aspley kick the ball to a loose man on the half back flank
  • The player follows through more than 5m to take his kick
  • A Mt Gravatt player not in the contest comes in from the side to take the mark but is a long way in front of the mark
  • 50m penalty is correctly paid for encroaching the mark

8. 50m Not Awarded

  • Correct decision to not award 50m penalty
  • Mt Gravatt kicks the ball into their forward line and a mark is taken
  • A second Mt Gravatt player engages an Aspley player with a bump
  • The Aspley player the pushes the Mt Gravatt player away
  • The Mt Gravatt player makes no attempt to keep his feet and the umpire manages the situation with clear communication and correctly does not award a 50m penalty
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