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Question Number: 32154

Law 15 - The Throw In 1/8/2018

RE: Intermediate Under 14

Phil of Tarzana, CA United States asks...

This question is a follow up to question 32146

The video is no longer available. I thought it was close. My recollection is that player was slowly running & never stopped during the throw-in. While you can walk & have both feet on the ground, you can't while I'd say the throw was illegal. It wasn't called & perhaps the referee felt it was trivial.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Phil
Thanks for that. We have all been in situations where such calls have to made. I had one at the weekend of a fast walking player at a throw in. No appeal from anyone so I let it slide.
Clearly running makes it a much easier call with one foot off the ground at the moment of the throw.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

The two factors at throw in that give me headaches are a body turn and a dragged foot resulting in a spinning ball or a bobbled lifted foot . A throw in is a way to restart play unless CLEARLY incorrect do not sweat it. I watch the flip throw where the player is more squatting then standing at times also timing the release crucial

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