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  • December 16, 2017 5:30 AM | Deleted user

    PLAY A A1 is in A’s backcourt and has dribbled for nine seconds and then passes the ball forward towards A2 in the frontcourt. While the ball is in the air traveling from backcourt to frontcourt, the 10-second count is reached. 

    • RULING: Violation by Team A as the ball has not gained frontcourt location. It is B’s ball for a throw-in from the out-of-bounds spot closest to where A1 released the ball on the pass toward A2. (4-3; 7-5-2)

    PLAY B: Team A has control of the ball for eight seconds in A’s backcourt when A1 passes the ball toward Team A’s frontcourt. The official’s count ­continues. The ball strikes the floor in A’s frontcourt and stays there without being touched by any player. Should the count continue after the ball touches in frontcourt? 

    • RULING: No. The backcourt count should be terminated as soon as the ball has frontcourt location by touching the floor in Team A’s frontcourt. (4-4-1; 4-4-2)

    PLAY C: After A1 has dribbled for nine seconds in A’s backcourt: (a) A1 requests a time-out; or (b) B1 deflects the ball out of bounds. 

    • RULING: In both (a) and (b), Team A will have 10 seconds to advance the ball to frontcourt following the throw-in if a player of Team A gains control in A’s backcourt.

    PLAY D: Team A is in control in its backcourt for seven seconds. A1 throws the ball toward A2 in the frontcourt. B1 jumps from Team A’s: (a) frontcourt; or (b) backcourt and while in the air bats the ball back to A1 in A’s backcourt. Does this give Team A 10 more seconds to get the ball to the frontcourt? 

    • RULING: Yes, in (a), a new count starts because B1 had frontcourt location when touching the ball thus giving the ball frontcourt location. In (b), the original count continues as Team A is still in control and the ball has not gone to frontcourt. (4-4-2; 4-3; 4-35-1)
  • December 14, 2017 7:01 AM | Deleted user

    Ladies and Gents:

    Last night at the SLOA rules test meeting we discussed an answer about when the ball becomes dead. The answer that was marked was "when the official's whistle is blown"---we discussed this a little and determined this to be the logical answer. 

    However--upon completing and submitting the test this morning I was informed that the answer was incorrect. The answer should combine the choices of the referee blowing the whistle and a violation on a free throw by the throwing team. So it should be the choice that gives you  A and B only or however you test may be worded. 

    John Diffley

  • December 13, 2017 6:30 AM | Deleted user

    PLAY A A1 rebounds the ball off Team B’s backboard. A2 is in Team A’s three-second restricted area when the rebound occurs and A2 remains there while A1 is dribbling in Team A’s backcourt. Three seconds expire without the ball being in the frontcourt of Team A. 

    • RULING: This is not a violation. The three-­second lane restriction is not in effect until Team A is in control of the ball in Team A’s front-court.

    PLAY BA1 is standing with one foot inside and the other outside the three-second restricted area. A1 lifts the foot “from the restricted area and returns it there without touching it first to the nonrestricted area". 

    • RULING: Violation. This action does not terminate the three-second count. The count goes on since ­merely lifting the foot from the restricted space is interpreted as an attempt to evade the rule and avoid its purpose. However, there is no three-second count during rebounding action or during a throw-in. The count on a player in the restricted area is suspended when that player begins a try for goal.
  • August 09, 2017 7:22 AM | Deleted user
    National Association Of Sports Officials - Press Release
    LaVar Ball’s Marbles
    RACINE, Wis. — LaVar Ball had had enough. A female referee working his game was felt to be so unsatisfactory to him that she needed to be replaced – and now – at halftime of the game… 

    Or, he was picking up his marbles and taking his team home.

    The management of the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas ordered that she be replaced.

    A firestorm erupted inside the officiating community and from well outside the officiating community.

    As for us, we are outraged, and not just at Mr. Ball for his boorish behavior.

    NASO was asked to issue a brief statement:

    The National Association of Sports Officials, a 26,000-member organization, abhors the thought that a coach’s dissatisfaction could lead to a referee being replaced during a contest.

    Further, NASO takes strong issue with any sponsoring entity requiring that sports officials turn a blind eye to poor and unsporting-like behavior during a game. That is simply unacceptable.

    The officials should not agree to such an arrangement - ever. The game is entitled to better.

    Our integrity requires better.

    Contact: Garrett Randall

    The National Association of Sports Officials is the world’s largest organization for sports officials at every level and all sports. More than 26,000 sports officials from around the world belong to NASO, enjoying member benefits and supporting an organization that advocates for sports officials and that helps them maintain the highest level of officiating skills.

    Referee is a magazine written from an officiating perspective since 1976. Referee is the journal of record for officiating and takes informed positions on selected issues.

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  • March 04, 2017 7:44 AM | Deleted user

    Rule of the Day - Free throw administration - Gerald Massuci

    Free Throw Communication

    PLAY A: Official waves off a shot attempt, points to the floor, calls for a 1 and 1. See what the administering official does in this 2:30 video. Thanks Gerry for submitting! Click on the YouTube Button to watch!

  • February 13, 2017 8:19 AM | Deleted user

    Rule of the Day - 3-for-1 - dave f

    It is a long season - keep up the focus, most games now are conference games, and take time-out to take care of your body. Here are a couple of Misc RODs

    Defensive Deflection

    Play: B1 deflects the bal' away from A1, who is dribbling in the front-court. The ball is rolling toward the backcourt and is picked up by A2, who is straddling the division line. A backcourt violation is ruled.

    Ruling: In NFHS, a backcourt violation is correct. Even though the defender deflected the ball, backcourt status was never achieved. A2 is the first to touch the ball in the backcourt with team A having last been in team control in the front-court. The ball gains backcourt status when it touches a player in the backcourt after having last been touched by a team B player (NFHS 9-9-1).

    Airborne Deflection

    Play: B1 deflects the ball away from dribbling A1 in team A’s front-court toward the backcourt. In the backcourt A2 catches the ball prior to it touching the floor.

    Ruling: In NFHS, this is a backcourt violation. Frontcourt status remains until the ball touches the backcourt or out of bounds. It would be legal, had A2 allowed the ball to contact the backcourt and then caught the ball. In NCAA, the play is legal since the ball was last touched by team B in the frontcourt (NFHS 4-4-1, 4-4-3, 4-12-3, 9-9-1).

    From One or Both Knees

    Play: After catching a pass from A2, A1 is on both knees and A1 lifts the left knee then places the left foot on the floor while the right knee remains on the floor. A1 does not make any attempt to stand up. A traveling violation is ruled. 

    Ruling: A traveling violation is correct. When a player picks up one of their knees and places that foot on the court, the player by rule has attempted to stand up and therefore has committed a traveling violation (NFHS 4-44,4.44.5)

  • January 31, 2017 5:00 AM | Deleted user

    Dr. James Naismith's Original 13 Rules of Basketball

    1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

    2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).

    3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed if he tries to stop.

    4. The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it.

    5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed.

    6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of Rules 3,4, and such as described in Rule 5.

    7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the mean time making a foul).

    8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.

    9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on that side.

    10. The umpire shall be judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.

    11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.

    12. The time shall be two 15-minute halves, with five minutes' rest between.

    13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.

    Note: Basketball was originally two words and these original rules were published January 15, 1892 in the Springfield College school newspaper, The Triangle.

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