Timing problem or the umpire?
I saw your tips page on the Obo web page and would like your views on slide tackles.
I play for Winchester H.C. in the UK. I have been playing as a club goalkeeper since 1982.
This weekend I conceded 3 penalty flicks of which I saved 2. The Umpire awarded them every time I did a slide tackle on the centre forward. As most centre forwards do near goalies, he fell over. The umpires comment was that because I was making contact with the player before the ball, I was committing an offence.
I would be interested in your comments and tips as I have not had this "problem" before. Is my timing the problem or the umpire?
As far as your “stroke” dilemna I’m a bit hesitant to pass judgement. If you do something and it’s only a problem for one umpire, my temptation is to say that it’s the umpire. On the technical front, apart from the umpire, it could be a timing problem. If you’re too close to the forward when you make the tackle, the umpire tends to only see the contact.