WP 18 NEUTRAL THROWS

Water Polo Rules 2009-2013

WP 18.1 A neutral throw shall be awarded:
(a) when, at the start of a period, a referee is of the opinion that the ball has fallen in a position to the definite advantage of one team;
(b) when one or more players of opposing teams commit an ordinary foul at the same moment which makes it impossible for the referees to distinguish which player offended first;
(c) when both referees blow their whistles at the same moment to award ordinary fouls to the opposing teams;
(d) when neither team has possession of the ball and one or more players of opposing teams commit an exclusion foul at the same moment. The neutral throw shall be taken after the offending players have been excluded;
(e) when the ball strikes or lodges in an overhead obstruction.

WP 18.2 At a neutral throw, a referee shall throw the ball into the field of play at approximately the same lateral position as the event occurred in such a manner as to allow the players of both teams to have equal opportunity to reach the ball. A neutral throw awarded within the 2 metre area shall be taken on the 2 metre line.

WP 18.3 If at a neutral throw the referee is of the opinion that the ball has fallen in a position to the definite advantage of one team, the referee shall call for the ball and retake the throw.