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Rules question - 4 steps? Or "4" steps?

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Loonin:
Relative newbie from across the pond.  Saw the sport late one night in the late 80's/early 90's when ESPN was relatively new, and was happy to discover a couple years ago that I can watch full matches on YouTube.

So, the way I understand it, you can carry the ball in hand for only 4 consecutive steps before playing it off the hurley back to yourself (or passing or striking it).
But I've rewound and watched more than a few instances where there doesn't seem to be strict enforcement of 4, and it become more like 5 or 6.

Is there something I'm missing?

Armagh18:
Itís supposed to be 4 steps but very few refs enforce it now. Youíll rarely be blown for too long unless youíre taking the absolute piss

APM:
You are actually more likely to be blown for "too long" if you dither on the ball and don't move.  That's the irony of it.

johnnycool:

--- Quote from: APM on August 05, 2021, 03:41:21 PM ---You are actually more likely to be blown for "too long" if you dither on the ball and don't move.  That's the irony of it.

--- End quote ---

Looks worse standing although you are entitled to stand for the "time needed to take four steps".

 ;D

APM:
It does look worse, but you can be damn sure you won't get the time it takes to take 7,8 or 9 steps, which players routinely get away with.

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