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Question Number: 32614

Law 15 - The Throw In 8/1/2018

RE: Competitive Adult

Peter Babbage of Hjorring , Denmark asks...

Recently in a girls game she took a couple of steps towards the touch line . She then did a forward somersault and hurled the ball forwards. As far as I could tell when releasing the ball she had both feet on the ground, , the ball went directly over her head and she was facing the field of play. Was this all legal? No-one objected and I must say I admired her technique but should I have allowed it?

Answer provided by Referee Peter Grove

Hi Peter,
Based on your description, this sounds like a perfectly legal throw to me. A 'flip throw' is allowed, so long as at the actual moment of delivery, the player is in compliance with the throw-in procedure's requirements. What preceded the throw is irrelevant, it only matters what they were doing at the moment they actually delivered the ball.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Peter
There has been a few of these so called flip throws shown on the web.
From watching some it appears that the throws meets of the conditions of a legal throw so it should be allowed.
Now I have seen a few where the thrower is technically not standing at the moment of the throw but squatting and gets to the standing position almost immediately after release. That can be a tough to determine at speed without technology.
The game has somewhat *accepted* these types of throw in all their forms. I would let it slide unless it was blatantly obvious it was illegal such as in this example
Here is one that is done correctly

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