David Smith: “I like the new penalty system. The older was not fair enough”
April 13, 2017
David Smith has become the first player to get an extra point with a penalty ball in an official tournament. He made in the first partial of the first game, played in the first court.
Sant Cugat European Regional Open is the first one of a new cycle, told Gustavo Alvarim, BISFed Technical Delegate, during the celebration of the draw. One of the reasons is because of the application of the newest rules BISFed approved, as the new penalty rule.
Now, when a referee points out an infraction, the other player has a penalty ball when the partial ends. If the ball finishes inside the penalty box, the player, team or pair who throw it, will receive an extra point.
David Smith, BC1 British player, was the first one to got an extra point with a penalty ball. For Smith, the new system “is quite good, cleaner and simpler than the oldest one”. He thinks that the new penalty ball could help the spectators to get in the game, understand it. Before was “difficult for the referees and for the spectators, who didn’t understand what was going on”.
The top BC1 player confesses that he practices the penalty shoot after every session, but it’s not easy, as it seems. “I ‘m probably around 30 or 40 per cent, but competitive pressure helps me”, says Smith after his Thursday last individual game. For the British the new system has to improve, it couldn’t be finish yet. He thinks that BISFed has to keep work in it, review it and improve it. But he “wouldn’t get back to the older” because it was no fair enough.