On this inbounds play after a made free throw, notice the positioning of the Lead and Center. The L has a passive matchup between the inbounder/on ball defender and an engaged matchup between a guard/defender. The C has one passive matchup and should be looking through it to help the L by protecting his backside. The L does pick up an elbow contact above the shoulders play on a swim move by the offensive player attempting to create space to receive the inbounds pass. The C should stay more engaged on this play and would have improved the crew's credibility with a double whistle. Trail has no matchups, so if L and C miss this play he could also have a whistle on this type of contact that needs to be addressed. Also, from a game management perspective, it would have benefited the crew to come together on this play to confirm elbow contact or to determine if the player is embellishing contact. Since the implementation of more strict rules regarding elbow contact, there has been an increase in flopping on these types of plays by defenders at all levels. The technical foul on the Dematha coach is hard to discuss since we only see the end of what led to it, but it is a good situation for discussion and role play. What are our options in this type of situation? Understand how big of a game this is in which the home team has not gotten off to a great start and just had a tough call go against them, if the coach comes at you in this situation, how would you handle it?
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