OUTGOING laws committee member Kevin Bartlett has implored his successors to resist the advice of coaches when making decisions on rule changes.

After two decades on the committee Bartlett has retired. Jeff Gieschen, Rowan Sawers and Peter Schwab – who now works as the head of coaching and development at the Brisbane Lions – have also stood down.

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The outgoing quartet has been replaced by West Coast premiership coach John Worsfold, Collingwood premiership player Michael Christian, former Richmond captain and current AFL umpiring director Wayne Campbell, and umpires coach Hayden Kennedy.

Bartlett backed the new committee members and strongly urged them to avoid listening to vocal individuals.

"I think they'll be fantastic. I think they're people who love the game," Bartlett told radio station SEN.

"My advice would be, do what is best for the game. Don't do what is best for an individual or what's best for a coach. Don't do what's best for a faction group. Do what's best for the game of Australian rules football. That's what you've always got to have in the back of your mind. What is best for the game?"

Bartlett has had several public debates with vocal coaches about the game's laws during his time on the committee and outlined the reasons why he was wary of being influenced by coaches.

"I don't know that the way the game is played or the aesthetics of the game means a lot to the modern-day coaches because they've got far too much on their mind," Bartlett said.

"And that's why I think you've got to look at it through unbiased eyes.

"Don't forget, since 2009 there's only one coach still at his own club, that's Alastair Clarkson.

"Most of the others have been sacked. So players or coaches that said they should be taken notice of in 2009 are not there any more.

"You've got a whole new bunch of coaches to take notice of and they may look at it differently than the last bunch of coaches. So that's why I say to anyone from the laws of the game committee, do what's best for the game not what's best for a faction group or an individual or an individual coach."

However, Bartlett is still critical of the interchange situation. The AFL has introduced a cap of 120 rotations per game for season 2014 but Bartlett still believes the interchange is the biggest blight on the modern game.

"Interchange is a complete joke," Bartlett said.

"Fifty-five-and-a-half-thousand interchanges last year. The game has become a hybrid game.

"There's a lot of ice hockey in the game now with multiple interchanges.

"You've got soccer tactics with kicking the ball backwards, playing keepings off, you've got rugby tactics now with rolling mauls.

"We've got presses. We've got flooding. All those sorts of things have come from other games and the only reason it can infiltrate the game of Australian rules football is because of interchange. You take out the interchange and we'll have Australian rules football."