Children's copy

Starting the game – centre pass

The two captains toss a coin to decide which team has the first centre pass.  

After that the centre passes alternates between the teams.

The Centre pass must be caught in the Centre third.


Offside rule

A player must stay in their designated area – even if they don’t have the ball.

If they cross into another area a free pass is given to the opposing team.



A player cannot move their landing foot when they have the ball.

You can not hop or drag your foot when you have the ball.

If you break the footwork rule the other team will get a free pass.



You must be 3 feet from the player with the ball. The distance is measured from their landing foot.

A penalty pass is awarded if you are closer than 3 feet.


Obstruction of a player not in possession of the ball

You can not mark your player with your arms out. This is obstruction.

You can have your arms out of you are trying to:

·         To catch, deflect or intercept a pass

·         To obtain a rebound from an unsuccessful shot at goal

·         Momentarily signal for a pass or indicate the intended direction of movement



You cannot:

·         Bash into another player

·         Push, trip, hold or lean on to another player

·         Touch or knock the ball out of another players hands

A penalty pass if given if a player cases contact.

Over a third

The ball cannot be thrown over a complete third of the court without being touched or caught by a player (i.e. it cannot go from:

a)      one goal third to the other goal third

b)      from a "throw in" at one end (e.g. behind the goal posts) to the centre third.

If a team passing the ball over a third the opposite team will get a free pass at the 2nd line.


Short pass

When the ball is passed there must be room for a third player between the hands of thrower and catcher.

If this rule is broken a free pass if given to the opposite team.


Penalty Pass

If you cause a penalty and a penalty pass is given against you must stand next to the player with your arms down until they have passed the ball. The player taking the pass does not need to wait for the umpire to say play.


Free pass

If you are taking a free pass you do not have to wait for for the umpire to say play.


Throw in

If the ball goes out of court it is thrown back into the court.

The ball is thrown back in from where it left the court.

The player must stand close to the court line before throwing it in, but does not need to wait for the umpire to say Play.

The ball is thrown back in by the team who did not throw it out.


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