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Throw in

A throw in is taken from the point where the ball went off the court. It is out of court when it contacts anything outside of the court area (except the goalpost). When taking a throw in, a player places their foot up to, but not touching, the sideline or baseline of the court. The [...]


Only the GS and GA are able to score goals for your team.  If any other player on your team throws the ball and it goes through the net, play continues!  The GS and GA must be wholly inside the goal circle to shoot.

Obstruction of a player not in possession of the ball

Your arms may be outstretched when you are a marking a player off the ball if you are trying to: catch, deflect or intercept a pass obtain a rebound from an unsuccessful shot at goal momentarily signal for a pass or indicate the intended direction of movement Under any other circumstances outstretched arms when marking [...]


A player is able to receive the ball: With both feet grounded or by jumping to catch the ball and landing on two feet simultaneously. They may then take a step in any direction with one foot (but not both) and pivot on the spot with the other foot. Once one foot is moved, the [...]

Offside rule

A player, with or without the ball, cannot move into an area of the court that is not designated for their position.  This will result in a free pass being awarded to the opposing team.

Starting the game – centre pass

The first centre pass is awarded to the first team ready on court. The centre passes then alternate between the teams, regardless of which team has scored. Before the whistle on the centre pass, all players must start in the goal thirds except the two Centres. The Centre with the ball must be completely within [...]


Substitutions can only be made at the end of each quarter. The exception to this is if a player is injured during the game, in which case a replacement can be brought on as soon as there is a stoppage in play. There is no limit to the number of substitutions that a team can make. [...]

The team

Each team consists of 7 players.  There must be at least 5 players, including one as Centre, to allow the fixture to go ahead. There are seven playing positions in a team: Goal Shooter (GS):     To score goals and to work in and around the circle with the GA Goal Attack (GA):     [...]

Replayed ball

A player may not replay the ball, which means they are not able to: lose control of the ball and pick it up again if it has not been touched by another player catch a rebound from their own shot on goal if the ball has not touched the goalpost or another player toss the [...]

Over a Third

The ball cannot be thrown over a complete third of the court without being touched or caught by a player on either team (i.e. it cannot cross two transverse lines). A free pass will be awarded and taken from the area where the ball crossed the second transverse line, should this infringement occur (i.e. where [...]