Last December we discussed the official IUF Rules for Basketball in unicycles as
they had never been officially approved. I submitted that we should use the
International Rules at the time of competition with 8 clarifications. I asked
for reactions. Amendments for Items 1 and 3, both in language and content, were
suggested by John Foss and Sem Abraham. Here are the Rules to be used during
UNICON X as amended. Gilby, please update the Rules in the web page.
- Traveling. The 2 steps are converted into 2 half revolutions, not two full
revolutions, because pedaling with one leg only moves the wheel half a
revolution. However, if as a continuation of the play the ball is thrown or
passed, an extra (third) half revolution is allowed. This extra half
revolution is the equivalent to the jump in regular basketball.
- Idling is equivalent to the pivot foot and therefore is allowed. Twisting,
where the pedals stay at the same height, while you move the unicycle left
and right is also considered as your pivot foot, and therefore allowed. Doing
both, (idling and twisting) before letting the ball go is not allowed and
will be considered traveling.
- The player can only play the ball while mounted on his unicycle and not
touching anything else for support. That includes in offense, defense, and
during jump balls. This is for security reasons. As an exception to this
rule, a player is allowed to jump off his unicycle for slam dunks and
blocked shots, as long as the player is aware that these should only be
attempted when they can be done safely. When another player gets fouled by
the player that jumped or gets hit by the abandoned unicycle, a flagrant
foul will be called.
- The player throwing the ball inbound must be mounted.
- The three second zone becomes the 4 second zone.
- Intentional blind side pushes are considered flagrant fouls. Two flagrant
fouls by the same player disqualifies him for the rest of that game. The
referee must understand that often there is lots of shuffling and pushing
because more than one player is going for the ball or because it gets crowded
and the rider must look for balance. The referee must appreciate if there is
no foul, a regular foul, or a flagrant foul, just like he would in a
- If you fall and lose your unicycle, you must try to get it out of the way as
soon as possible if you can do it without disrupting the flow of a player of
the opposite team. If that is not possible, then you must leave it where it
lands until you can retrieve it without being disruptive. A violation should
result in a technical foul.
- A unicycle is considered part of a player when a ball bounces out of bounds
off his unicycle if he is in control of his unicycle at that time. So the
other team gets possession of the ball. A unicycle is considered part of the
court when the player is not in control of the unicycle, (for example if he
had fallen). What team gets possession will depend on what had happened
immediately prior to the ball bouncing off the unicycle.
Please read Item 8. I thought that it would be more controversial. I have no
preference one way or the other, but we must all agree.
Alberto Ruiz Basketball Coordinator http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/unicon10/