We are having a discussion amongst colleagues about the change in rule 13.2.e, specifically the provision about playing the ball off the side-board. from a free push awarded to the attack within the half of the pitch they are attacking, the ball must not be played into the circle until it has travelled at least 3 metres, not necessarily in a single direction, or has been touched by a defending player. The ball may also be played into the circle off the side-boards, providing that it has travelled at least 3 metres before rebounding off them. What if a player, standing 1.5m from the side-board, takes the FHA by first playing the ball against the side-board in such a way that it bounces back to him/herself (not having moved any closer to the side-board) and then playing it into the circle? Is this allowed? Some of my colleagues say this is not allowed, as the ball should travel 3m before rebounding off the side-board, and it only has traveled 1.5m. Others think the provision of the changed rule only applies when the ball is played straight into the circle off the side-board. Which is not the case here, as the player recovers the ball, which will have traveled 3m in total, before playing it into the circle. Thanks for your thoughts!