Originally Posted by jconnell
Such deviousness couldn't be accomplished as described in years past because prior to last Tuesday, in order to validly call and enforce a stance violation, one required a second. Frank would have needed assistance from Bill or Dave or even Tom in order for the call to stand. If he didn't get it, no foul and the group moves on.
Now, if it's the first violation of the round for the offending player, no second is needed. Frank says he called the violation, so Tom has to re-throw. Doesn't matter if Tom didn't hear him initially and it doesn't matter if Bill and Dave saw the violation or heard the call. Frank called it, which is all that is necessary according to the way the rule is now written.
I think that's a situation ripe for abuse. I'm sure the go to defense will be that if a player "abuses" this rule, he's subject to DQ or discipline for mis-using the rules. Good luck proving the "abuse". It can only happen once per round, so it will be hard to even trace whether it's habitual. And doesn't the mere threat of it being perceived to be one player working another mean that players are going to be even more hesitant to make legitimate calls than they might have been in the past when it did require two witnesses? This new rule is really not a step forward and it certainly isn't going to make stance violations easier to call.
The deviousness could have happened in the past with a guy and a buddy and didn't.
Only time will tell how this plays out but I don't think it will be much of an issue.
We'll see though