Loose Balls on the Floor
If a player is going for a loose ball and an opponent dives or throws their body, which changes the direction of the player going for a loose ball, this must be considered illegal contact and a foul ruled. If a player is in possession of a loose ball and an opponent dives on top of that player , a foul must be ruled. This can be a tough play, don’t be swayed by the audience on this play. This is a freedom of movement play. Encourage aggressive play, but enforce rough play. There is a huge difference and they are not similar.
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Al Battista is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of basketball rules at all levels. In addition to this, he is a well-known clinician and observer of officials. Currently, he is Maryland State and Board 12 Interpreter for scholastic basketball. He has served as an officials’ observer for the NBA and WNBA and is currently the NBA chief scout for officials in the Northeast USA.