On this play, we have a legal screen set by Red #22. When setting a screen outside the visual field of a moving or stationary opponent, the screener needs to allow for the defender to stop or change direction (moving) or a normal step to move (stationary). White #0 has enough time to stop and/or change direction, so the burden of subsequent contact is placed on him. By rule, inadvertent contact that occurs when a screen is set outside the visual field of an opponent can be severe, but still be considered incidental. However, the better choice on this play is to have a whistle since the contact that occurs could lead to rough play if not addressed. The trail does a good job of refereeing into secondary coverage by finding an active matchup and putting a whistle on this play. Does your opinion of this play differ? Please share using the comment button and provide your rationale as this is a useful teaching play.
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?
Anything illegal that needed a whistle here?
In this play watch as gray #2 pushes black #5 into his teammate. This is correctly called a foul on #2 gray.
This is a great job by the trail official as he stays connected to the match-up as it goes to the basket.
This is correctly called a holding foul; however, let’s look to see when the whistle is actually blown. On perimeter plays like these, an immediate whistle is needed. These are NOT SDF (start, develop, and finish) plays when the players rhythm, speed, balance and quickness are all affected.
Red #0 disrupts #15’s balance while cutting through the lane. This shows great off-ball officiating by the lead as he is engaged to the match up coming into his primary area.
Freedom of Movement