How To Play



HOW TO PLAY ALLBALL (Abbreviated Version)

This Code of Rules: governs the playing of ALLBALL games by professional teams of the NATIONAL ALLBALL ASSOCIATION, as well as any sanctioned ALLBALL League in the youth and amateur divisions.

These rules are property of the National Allball Association and any reproduction is strictly prohibited.

Section 1 - Game Objective

  1. ALLBALL is a game between two teams consisting of 4 players each. The game is played in an enclosed court in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of 2 or more referees.
  2. The objective is to score more points than the opponent.
  3. The winner of the game is the team that scores the most points, in accordance with these rules, at the conclusion of a game.
  4. ALTERNATE PLAYER OPTIONS: the game can be played with as little as 2 players per team and as many as a game can handle without a safety issue.

Section 4 - Scoring

  1. Points can be earned by the ball being thrown in, shot in, headed in or kicked into the A-Goal or basket for 2-10 points depending on the location on the court.
  2. The ball must cross the A-Goal line completely to be counted as points. Any ball that is partially in and is knocked out will not count as a score.
  3. Players can not score points by shooting from the sidelines (out of bounds) directly to the basket or goal unless it deflects or touches a teammate or opponent first.
  4. Players can not score points by shooting from their offensive End Zone directly into the goal.
  5. A player can shoot from their offensive End Zone into their scoring basket which would be 2 points. If a ball hits the back of the backboard and enters the goal, it will be scored as 2-points. It cannot be shot in on an inbound play from the End Zone.
  6. If a shot is deflected by an offensive player on the way to a score, the points awarded will be from the deflected area, not the origination of the shot.
  7. If a shot is deflected by a defensive player on the way to a score, the points will be awarded from the origination of the shot.
  8. If the player’s foot is impeding into the next scoring area, or touching a scoring line, then the player will be credited with the lesser points.
  9. If a player leaps over any scoring line while attempting a shot, points will be awarded from where the shot originated from as long as the shot is released before landing.
  10. End Zone plays must be passed from anywhere outside the midline to a teammate inside the End Zone. Passes can be kicked, thrown or headed to a teammate. Points will be awarded from the area that they are passed from. At no time can the ball touch the court or any other object. It can be deflected by a defensive player and caught by an offensive player. If it is deflected by an offensive player and caught by an offensive player points will be awarded from the spot of the deflection. Pass will be completed providing the receiving player catches the ball with both feet landing inside the End Zone with possession. No part of the ball may be touching the court or back wall.
  11. 2-point plays are any ball that is headed, shot, or thrown into the basket from inside the outside the Trap. A shot may not be kicked in the goal or basket from inside the 3-point zone.
  12. 3-point plays are any ball that is kicked, headed, shot, or thrown into the A-Goal or shot into the basket from outside the 3-point zone and inside the midline.
  13. 4-point plays are any ball that is kicked, headed, shot, or thrown into the A-Goal or shot into the basket from outside the 4-point zone and inside the midline
  14. 5-point plays are any ball that is kicked, headed, shot, or thrown into the A-Goal or shot into the basket from beyond the midline and inside the 6-point zone. Also, End Zone Plays from behind the midline.
  15. 6-point plays are any ball that is kicked, headed, shot, or thrown into the A-Goal or shot into the basket from beyond the midline and outside the opposite 3-point zone. Also, End Zone Plays from behind the 6 line.
  16. 8-point plays are any ball that is kicked, headed, shot, or thrown into the A-Goal or shot into the basket from inside the opposite 3-point zone. Also, End Zone Plays from this area.
  17. 10-point plays are any ball that is kicked, headed, shot, or thrown into the A-Goal or shot into the basket from the opposite End Zone. Also, End Zone Plays from this area.
  18. If a player knocks the ball into their own goal or basket, it will be scored as a 2-point shot and credited to the last opposing player to touch the ball.
  19. If a shot hits the rim or backboard and inadvertently enters the goal without being touch by either team, it will be scored a 2-point goal and credited to the shooter.
  20. If a pass or shot hits the back of the backboard and goes in the A-Goal, it will be scored as two points.

Section 12 – Dribbling / Traveling

  1. Offensive players can dribble the ball either by hand or by foot.
  2. The ball can be hand dribbled and then dropped to a foot dribble, only if there is one step taken in between. The ball must maintain forward progression.
  3. Foot dribbling can be switched to a hand dribble, only if there is one step taken in between. The ball must maintain forward progression.
  4. Heading the ball is permitted. Continuous heading is considered dribbling.
  5. Double dribble by hand is illegal and results in a turnover. A double dribble is any action of stopping your dribble and starting again or, dribbling the ball with two hands at a time.
  6. Double Dribble by foot is stopping your dribble and then continuing. If the foot dribble is stopped, a player may pick it up and pass or shoot providing a pivot foot is established. Placing a foot on top of the ball is considered stopping your dribble.
  7. A dribbler is allowed one step before an attempted shot or pass. Two steps results in a turnover.
  8. A leaping player must release the ball before landing or traveling will be called.
  9. While hand dribbling, a player can establish a pivot foot. Player must release the ball before the pivot foot is lifted.
  10. Players cannot exchange a pivot foot.
  11. Offensive players cannot be the first to touch their own pass or shot, that does not make contact with the basket, backboard, back wall or A-Goal.
  12. A player who falls to the court cannot progress forward or, gain advantage while sliding. The player can stand up and re-establish a pivot foot then proceed to pass or shoot.
  13. If a player dives for a loose ball he/she can start a dribble and gain control, providing there is no advancement without dribbling.
  14. If a player who is holding the ball, drops or fumbles it without being touched by an opponent, it can be pick it up but not advanced. If the player recovers the ball, he must establish a pivot foot and pass or shoot the ball. If not, it is considered traveling.
  15. Players can dribble the ball into and out of the trap.
  16. The dribbling player may not put any part of his hand under the ball and carry it from one point to another. The dribbler cannot bring it to a pause and then continue to dribble again.

  Section 13 - Kicking

  1. An offensive player can foot dribble the ball and then kick, but the ball must be on the ground prior to the kick. The ball cannot be punted or drop kicked. Players can hand dribble then drop and roll the ball to kick, providing the player maintains forward progression. A Player can hand dribble to foot dribble then kick.  Players cannot take more than one step, or a traveling violation will be called.

 Section 20 - Trap

  1. Players can not shoot inside the Trap.
  2. If a player leaps into the trap to shoot or pass the defense may foul the offensive player without a violation. The foul cannot be flagrant. If so, the penalty will be enforced. Holding, knocking down, or fouls of force are considered flagrant and a technical will be issued.
  3. If an offensive player releases a shot on the basket while outside the trap, but his momentum carries him into the trap, the defense can not foul the shooter.
  4. The offensive player cannot land in the trap without releasing the ball. If the player does land, the result will be a turnover to the opposing team which will be taken out on the closest sideline.
  5. Offensive players can be in the trap to set a pick, screen, get a rebound, catch a ball off the wall, pass, or dribble but not shoot in the Trap.
  6. Offensive players have 5 seconds in the trap before they must exit. They can return once they have left the trap for one second. Violation is a turnover.
  7. All rebounds recovered in the trap must be passed out of the Trap for another scoring attempt. Any shot inside the trap that goes in is a turnover.
  8. Opponents cannot make contact with the trapper, while inside the Trap. Contact is allowed once a trapper is outside of the trap.
  9. Contact with the trapper in the trap is a foul.
  10. If the trapper is going for a rebound and incidental contact occurs, there is no foul.
  11. The trapper must have at least some portion of his body outside the A-Goal while defending a shot. If not, a goal will be awarded.