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6.2 To solo play

Whenever a player intentionally plays the ball avoiding cooperation with a teammate and the following two conditions are met:

  • the player changes his position considerably;
  • the avoidance of cooperation is intentional.

Examples of solo play are:

  • a player throws the ball away with the intention of collecting it elsewhere. This is not allowed even if he throws the ball against another player or against the post;
  • a player taps the ball along while running beside it when the ball could have been taken earlier. This must also, be punished when it is done because it makes the later seizing of the ball easier;

Examples where solo play should not be punished:

  • when a player tries to pass the ball to another player but the latter fails to catch the ball, then the first player is allowed to recover the ball;
  • when the player is not changing his position; e.g. a player, while standing still, throws the ball from one hand to the other, or bounces the ball on the ground and seizes it afterwards;
  • tapping the ball along when the ball cannot be seized directly;
  • when two opponents contest the ball either by jumping for it or by reaching for it whilst running next to each other in a stooping position. If one of the players has not sufficient lead, he is permitted to knock the ball on in a favourable direction to seize it afterwards.

He is allowed to shoot from a position obtained in this manner. In such a duel it may occur that the ball has to be touched several times before it is finally seized by one of the players. The same thing might occur when a player tries to keep the ball within the boundaries of his zone.

The referee has to consider the technical capabilities of the players. The better the player the quicker it can be assumed that cooperation has been avoided intentionally.