The Airborne Shooter – Know When the Try has Ended.

4-1 – The Airborne Shooter – Know When the Try has Ended.

Knowing when the try has ended is important in administering fouls on an airborne shooter.

Rule 4-1 –

Article 1 states, “An airborne shooter is a player who has released the ball on a try for a goal or has tapped the ball and has not returned to the floor.” 

Article 2 states, “The airborne shooter is considered to be in the act of shooting.”

Take this information along with Rule 4-41, article 1, “The act of shooting begins simultaneously with the start of the try or tap and ends when the ball is clearly in flight, AND includes the airborne shooter.”

The word AND is emphasized here intentionally because it is one of those words that means something else has to be true for this rule to apply.  The try does not end when the ball is clearly in flight, but ends when the airborne shooter has returned to the floor. 

In the following play, a judgement has to be made if the shooter has returned to the floor or not before there is contact.

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