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What is a Charge, Really?
7/17/2012 11:29:29 PM

Charge. To attack by rushing violently against.

According to our trusty online dictionary, accessible by a simple google search, which no doubt, brings its legitimacy into question, this is the definition of charge, at least in its use as a verb, not counting its involvement in the world of currency.

To attack by rushing violently against.

I'm sure we can all get onboard with this, right? When a cavalry charges an enemy stronghold, this is what we infer. When a bull charges a matador, we interpret the idea of a bull rushing violently against, right? Even IN the world of currency, to charge someone requires a direct transaction, even if online or through means other than a face to face encounter. That's a charge. One person directly affecting another person. Perhaps even, rushing violently against.

When someone commits a charge in air hockey, what's the common perception? I would think that it means one player moving forward in the fashion of rushing violently against the other layer. And if this is not a feasible concept, then perhaps they rush violently against the other player's defensive zone, ie the centerline. It might even assume that the player in question moves toward their opposing player's shot. That, to me, is a charge. To rush violently against.

All too often, however, I find in air hockey that a charge is defined by other standards. The gauge often comes down to whether or not a player's mallet was simply moving forward at the time contact with the puck was made thereby knocking it off the table. But if one considers that a common defensive posture in air hockey, being a basic triangle defense, leaves only six or eight inches of backward motion while opening their entire defensive zone to a forward gesture, then to say their mallet was moving forward is a no brainer. Of course it was moving forward. When we take away any horizontal motion from the defender, including a diagonal mode of motion that might take them toward the right or left rails, then it becomes clear that the vast degree of motion that they're capable of performing is... forward. Therefore, when a player commits what is to my mind a perfectly sound defensive maneuver and goes to cut a shot off AFTER the puck caroms off the rail, many times they're called for charging. WHAT were they charging? The other player? No. The other player's zone? No. It's arguable to say that they were even charging the shot, rather moving to block its path toward their goal. This, to me, is not only sound defensive tactic, but is normally only committed by a player of great skill. In that instance, it seems a wise strategy to SPECIFCALLY knock the puck off the table and gain possession. But this isn't so. That, in the current interpretation of the rule, is a charge. And I, a humble 34th in the world, disagree whole heartedly.

Continued in What is a Charge, Really? Part 2

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