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Referee's Signal Number 44 - Assisting the Runner

Assisting the Runner

When used

This signal is used by the Referee usually to indicate that illegal assistance has been given to a runner by an on-field team-mate - eg a strong push or the ball-carrier grabbing a team mate's belt and being "towed". This is a comparitively rare foul.

Penalty

5 yards from the spot of the foul.

How executed

Begin the motion with both your arms held at your side with the palms facing forward, and move them forwards in a gentle pushing motion. It is not necessary, and indeed undesirable, to push the hips forward at the same time.

Finally point to the offending team by streching an arm out from the shoulder to the horizontal.