WP 19 FREE THROWS

Water Polo Rules 2009-2013

WP 19.1 A free throw shall be taken at the place where the foul occurred, except:
(a) if the ball is further from the defending team’s goal, the free throw shall be taken from the location of the ball;
(b) if the foul is committed by a defending player within the defender’s 2 metre area, the free throw shall be taken on the 2 metre line opposite to where the foul was committed or, if the ball is outside the 2 metre area, from the location of the ball;
(c) where otherwise provided for in the Rules.

A free throw taken from the wrong position shall be retaken.

WP 19.2 The time allowed for a player to take a free throw shall be at the discretion of the referees; it shall be reasonable and without undue delay but does not have to be immediate. It shall be an offence if a player who is clearly in a position most readily to take a free throw does not do so.

WP 19.3 The responsibility for returning the ball to the player who is to take the free throw shall be that of the team to which the free throw is awarded.

WP 19.4 The free throw shall be taken in a manner to enable the players to observe the ball leaving the hand of the player taking the throw, who shall also then be permitted to carry or dribble the ball before passing to another player. The ball shall be in play immediately when it leaves the hand of the player taking the free throw.

[Note. For method of taking throw, see note to WP 16.2.]