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Question Number: 30151

Law 15 - Throw In 2/27/2016

RE: High School

Josh miller of new orleans, LA usa asks...

On a throw in the player throwing the ball in needs to have both feet on the ground during and until the throw is completed. If this true please explain how the flip throw is legal. The player throwing the ball in leaves his feet, places his hands/ball on the ground and then as he is rotating back to his feet he throws the ball in while both feet are still in the air and then lands on both feet. Please explain how this would be different then running towards the touch line jumping in the air and throwing the ball in and landing with both feet, which I believe would be illegal. Thanks.

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Josh,
the flip throw is restricted by the same principle! When done properly the feet hit the ground and the full snap then releases the ball. If the ball was released too soon you are correct it is an incorrect throw.

feet firmly on ground before release

ast but opponents still have to be 2 yards away from point of entry on throw note guy eats ball.

There are incorrect throws that require a loss of possession as there are some trifling violations which can be overlooked and in other cases DFK for handling the ball after release. lol

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Answer provided by Referee Jason Wright

Hi Josh,

The feet only need to be on the ground at the moment of delivering the ball - so in a flip throw, the feet will be on the ground before the ball is being delivered. In that sense, is it really any different to a run up? Feet are leaving the ground before the ball is delivered, and the run up is also done to gain momentum for the throw.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Josh
Like any lever action one side needs to be planted, fixed for it to work. The flip throw could not work if the feet are not planted so if you look closely at the mechanics you will see that when the player flips his body over both feet are then planted on the ground and then the arc of the body levers the ball from behind and over the head. At the critical moment of the throw being executed the player has both feet behind or on the line and delivers the ball from behind the head. The actions before this is not a factor nor when the ball has been thrown.
In summary a properly executed flip throw is legal. The only questionable ones that I have seen is where the player is not straight with the knees bent and body arced at the moment the ball is thrown. That though is difficult to detect as the player does become upright.

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