Deliberate out of Bounds (DOOB)
Law 15.6.1 A free kick shall be awarded against a player who:
(c) kicks, handballs or forces the football over the boundary line and does not demonstrate sufficient intent to keep the ball in play;
In 2017 a stricter interpretation of DOOB will be applied based on a player not showing enough intent to keep the ball in play. If there is a realistic option to keep the ball in play, and the player does not elect to use this option, DOOB should be paid.
The primary consideration in determining deliberate out of bounds is a player’s intention to keep the ball in play.
Below is a list of indicators that can assist our decision making process in relation to DOOB:
- If a player makes a genuine skill error, this is not DOOB
- As a general rule, if a player kicks the ball up the line to open space with no players in the vicinity, a DOOB will result if the ball lands near the boundary line from where it was kicked
Ball hitting the behind post
The umpire will pay a free kick for DOOB if, as the umpire, you believe a player was trying to hit the ball over the boundary line or the scoring line and in the process hits the behind post. The umpire must determine whether the player was demonstrating enough intent to keep the ball in play.
Ball hit out of Ruck
A DOOB free kick will be paid when a player hits the ball over the boundary line from a boundary throw in (BTI) or field ball up (FBU). The ball does not need to cross the boundary line on the full for this to be paid. The umpire must determine whether the player was demonstrating enough intent to keep the ball in play.
Deliberate Rushed Behinds
AFL Victoria Country has been granted exemptions to AFL Rules.
Rule 15.7 free kicks – Deliberate Rushed Behinds
- Not applicable to Worksafe AFL Victoria Country Matches
There is no DRB free kicks to be paid in GFNL, BFNL, GDFNL, CDFNL or GJFL matches
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