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6.1 To run with the ball

When a player in possession of the ball changes his position.

The infringement of this rule depends on the initial position and action of the player, as explained in the three following situations:

a) The player receives the ball whilst standing in a stationary position.

He is not allowed to move one foot and subsequently lift the other foot before the ball has left his hands, particularly during a scoring effort.

He is permitted to:

  • move one foot at will provided the other one remains in its place as a pivot foot;
  • rotate on itself, moving both feet, while maintaining the same starting position;
  • change the pivot and moving foot provided the initial position does not change;
  • jump provided that the leg that was the pivot foot immediately before the jump is used for the take-off;
  • after a jump, come down with the ball still in his hands, provided the landing position is almost the same as the starting position where he jumped.

A player should not be penalised for moving a bit over the field during a throw that is discontinued before completion.

b) The player receives the ball whilst running or jumping and comes to a stop before he throws the ball or shoots.

After seizing the ball, he has to immediately try to come to a stop within the least possible distance.

In deciding on the question of whether a player has done everything to stop, the referee must consider the conditions of the field, as well as the speed and the technical capacity of the player.

After coming to a stop, the same rules apply as mentioned under 6.1 a).

c) The player receives the ball whilst running or jumping and throws the ball or shoots before he has completely come to a stop.

He is not allowed to still be in possession of the ball at the moment he places a foot on the ground for the third time after receiving the ball.

When he seizes the ball while he is obviously in contact with the ground, then this contact has to be considered as the first one.