Question, from Goalball UK conference –
“When chasing (and successfully retrieving) a loose ball over the high ball line (and before the centre line) when is it a ‘high ball’ and when is it ‘out’?”
Answer, from Dina Murdie –
Take this from the moment the player has the ball under control in the neutral area. There are several actions that player can then do:
A) They can pass it back to a player in their own team without being called for a high ball, even if it touches the ground in the neutral area.
B) They can throw it out sideways – a ploy often used if the player is conscious that the 10 seconds is close – but it counts as a throw. Therefore, if it touches the neutral area it will be a ‘high ball’ but if it is thrown out and does not touch the neutral area it will be ‘out’. However, in this instance the players should be aware that if they throw the ball out in a manner which is a considered dangerous by the referee (in that it could cause an injury to any person or thing in the vicinity), even if there is no-one there, they will be given a personal unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
C) If the player loses track of where they are and throws the ball towards the other team and it touches the neutral area, then it is a high ball.