My club have decided to have a small groupie of competent TJ's for the coming season. As an ex-referee I have been asked by the club to offer advice as to when the ball is out (over the touchline). I seem to remember a document from, I think Australia, that covered this does anyone have any ideas of where I could find this?
I would suggest that Law 18 tells you just about everything you need. It's one of the things in the current law book I find clear. All you need to do is add some real life examples for your students.
[LAWS]1. The ball is in touch or touch-in-goal when :
a. The ball or ball-carrier touches the touchline, touch-in-goal line or anything
b. A player, who is already touching the touchline, touch-in-goal line or anything
beyond, catches or holds the ball.
i. If the ball has reached the plane of touch when it is caught, the catcher is
not deemed to have taken the ball into touch.
ii. If the ball has not reached the plane of touch when it is caught or picked up,
the catcher is deemed to have taken the ball into touch, regardless of
whether the ball was in motion or stationary.
2. The ball is not in touch or touch-in-goal if :
a. The ball reaches the plane of touch but is caught, knocked or kicked by a player
who is in the playing area.
b. A player jumps, from within or outside the playing area, and catches the ball, and
then lands in the playing area, regardless of whether the ball reached the plane of
c. A player jumps from the playing area and knocks (or catches and releases) the ball
back into the playing area, before landing in touch or touch-in-goal, regardless of
whether the ball reached the plane of touch.
d. A player, who is in touch, kicks or knocks the ball, but does not hold it, provided it
has not reached the plane of touch.[/LAWS]
Then add a bit about quick throws (when allowed), and go through the table in the laws about location of the mark and who throws in. Pages 81-84