Dangerous Play?

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If an offensive player skys the defender and in the process elbows the defender in the face can the defensive player call dangerous play?

Also does it matter if the contact is between face and the elbow or disk?



Yes, if the defender feels that the contact demonstrated "reckless disregard" or "dangerously aggressive behaviour," they may call a foul under XVI.H.4.  Note, however, that this is true for any body part or situation, and there's nothing special about the elbow or skying someone that is necessarily reckless or dangerous.  I have been smoked many times in the face before without invoking XVI.H.4. 

I'm not sure what you mean to ask by distinctions between face/elbow/disc.  It matters only insofar as different combinations will affect the degree to which they are perceived as dangerously aggressive or reckless.

Without being reckless or dangerous, mind you, the contact can still constitute an ordinary receiving foul, or a general foul following an otherwise acceptable play, depending on how the scenario unfolds.

thanks atanarjuat.

Sorry to nitpick but how do I determine if something is a "reckless disregard".  I am sure the offensive player did not want to hit someone's face but if the persons action cause that contact is it dangerous? 


Recklessness is subjective of course, and there's no comprehensive or decisive list.  But I can give examples of actions that consensus generally dictates to be particularly reckless.

In this scenario, an elbow can hit the face for any number of reasons that are perfectly ordinary, and resulting from unforeseen variables.  But I would call an action reckless and dangerous if it was a near-certainty from the outset that the victim was in the line of fire of the player's momentum and stood an unreasonable, uncommonly high chance of injury.

Leaping upward for a disc and colliding with someone somewhere in the process is often a foul, but it's an ordinary action that just sometimes results in fouls.  Whereas, Leaping forward directly into a stationary or vulnerable player (e.g., those unable to perceive or protect themselves against imminent contact) is a reckless action.  Leaping forward in a direction parallel to a player's momentum is ordinary; leaping directly into a player's momentum is reckless.  Unnecessarily swinging one's arm into space obviously occupied by someone's head can be reckless, especially if it is an uncommon and unpredictable move.  Momentum to vulnerable parts of the body (e.g., knees) tends to be associated with more reckless or dangerous manoeuvres.

Notably, highly competitive players sometimes perform actions that present the illusion of recklessness.  They may bid near or even on each other with narrow margins for error.  But very good players know how to bid just past a player whilst reaching into the space of interest.  Sometimes, they bid in a manner where there is a high likelihood of contact, but such that their momentum will be absorbed safely.  Very bad players will sometimes see these demonstrations and emulate them with none of the finesse, in a context where people are not prepared to protect themselves.