Hocking: Starting positions having an "immediate" impact

SEN - Tue, 5th Feb 2019 - 0 Comments

AFL Football Operations Manager Steve Hocking has revealed that players, coaches and umpires are seeing an immediate impact of rule changes.

The AFL introduced 10 new rules ahead of the 2019 season, including the 6-6-6 starting formation at centre bounces.

Hocking says umpires and coaches believe the impact of the starting positions is profound.

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“The feedback we’re getting from umpires and coaches and some players as well is that the starting positions are having an immediate impact,” Hocking told SEN Breakfast.

“It’s going to suit dominant ruckmen, there’s no question about that.

“The midfielders have more space to work in, it’s only seconds, but it makes a difference.”

Hocking says the umpires have visited the clubs on a regular basis, which he believes will provide a smooth transition of the new rules.

“We’ve had the umpires visit the clubs a lot,” the AFL footy boss said.

“There’s been a lot of engagement which is really pleasing.

“We’re trying to get the umpires, players and coaches in a rhythm.

“I think that’s really important for our game, that’s what the fans want to see.

“We don’t want to launch the 2019 season and the fans find it jarring because the players and the umpires aren’t up to speed on those modifications to the game.”

Fans will get to see the new rules in action when the AFL season commences on March 21.

Listen to Steve Hocking discuss the new rules with Garry and Tim in the player below: