- ONE HAND ONLY
– Players can use one hand only to catch, pass, shoot or defend the
ball. The exception to this is the goalie, who may use two hands.
(Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 16)
- NO BALL = WALK / BALL = SWIM or PASS
– The pool is shallow, (approximately 1 metre) allowing players to
stand on the bottom of the pool. Players are permitted to walk along
the bottom if they do not have the ball. If in possession of the ball
the player must swim or pass.
(Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 6)
- BALL UNDER
– A player cannot take the ball under the surface of the water. Note
that the player whose hand is closest to the ball will be the player
deemed to have taken the ball under.
(Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 14)
- NO CONTACT
– A player cannot swim on or over an opponent’s legs, a defensive
player cannot contact an attacking player, an offensive player cannot
fend away a defensive player – minor foul/free throw awarded. NO
splashing, sinking, holding or pulling back – major foul/exclusion for
20 seconds. NO aggressive play (striking or attempting to strike
another player) or use of abusive language - exclusion for the
remainder of the game with a substitute at the referees signal.
(Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 2, 4-5, 8-13)
– An attacker will be deemed offside (inside the 2m area) if the
attacker enters the attacking 2 metre zone without the ball. If
however, the ball carrier enters the 2 metre zone, an attacker is then
allowed to enter as long as they remain behind the line of the ball
carrier. Goalie is deemed off-side when they enter the attacking half.
(Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 15)
- NEUTRAL THROW
– When 2 players simultaneously gain possession of the ball, the
referee will signal a neutral throw. The 2 players involved face the
referee, close to the side of the pool, same side as their goalie; the
referee then blows the whistle and throws the ball high in the middle
of the 2 players, who attempt to gain possession by jumping and tapping
the ball to a player on their team.
(Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 3)
A team consists of 7 players in the water at one time – 1 goalie and 6 field players. A team can have up to 6 substitutes (but we recommend 3) who can interchange at any time from their corner of the pool once, and only when the player being replaced has reached his/her corner of the pool.
A game is made up of 2 x 10 minute halves with teams changing ends at halftime. The break at halftime is 1 minute.
To start the game, players line up along the goal line. At the referees whistle, the referee drops the ball in the middle of the pool and players move to the centre line. The first pass must be backwards to a team mate. (Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 1)
A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the line of the front 2 posts of the net (does not need to touch back of net). The ball carrier can only shoot once in the attacking half of the court. It is not permissible to shoot from one’s own half. (Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 7)
After a goal
To start play after a goal is scored, players from each team must return to their own half. The ball starts at halfway with a player from the team who did not score a goal. On the referees whistle, the player with the ball must pass backwards to a team mate and then the game will continue. (Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 1)
A corner throw (2 metre cone) will be awarded if the ball is knocked out of play by a defending player. (Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 15)
Free throw infringements
Minor foul or infringements below will result in a free throw being awarded by the referee. The free throw must be taken from the where the foul occurred or an area not closer to the attacking goal of the team awarded the foul. The player taking the free throw cannot shoot at goal after receiving a foul and defenders cannot interfere with the taking of the free throw. (Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 2)
Major foul infringements
Major foul infringements will result in a free throw awarded to the attacking team by the referee and the defending player excluded to his/her team’s corner of the pool for a period of either 20 seconds or when the referee signals the player back into the court of play. (Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 4-5, 8-13
Aggressive play and use of abusive language are prohibited from the game of Flippa Ball and the penalty will be exclusion for the remainder of the game WITH a substitute entering play on signal from referee (aggression is defined as deliberately striking or attempting to strike a fellow player). (Refer to Officials Hand Signal - Fig. 4-5, 8-13)
During the game coaches must be situated in the corner of the pool where their team is located and can only move between that corner of pool (up to the 2m cone) and goal that his/her team is defending.