Here are the points of emphasis from the rule book for the coming season. Watch games this season to see if officials are improving on these emphasises
1. Closely guarded situations: Player closely guarded (a defender within 6 feet of the player with the ball) the count is on and if a switch occurs then the count continues if the switch occurs within 6 feet.
2.Contact above the shoulders. With a continued emphasis on reducing concussions and decreasing excessive contact situations, the committee determined that more guidance is needed for penalizing contact above the shoulders.
Swinging the elbows beyond the sides of the body and there is contact is a player control foul or it could be intentional or even flagrant. If there is no contact on the elbow swings beyond the sides of the body of the player with the ball, then it is a violation.
3. Intentional fouls. 2 shots and the ball at the point of the foul. The committeis concerned about the lack of enforcement for intentional fouls (2 shots and the ball at the spot of the foul for a designated throw in), during any part of the game but especially at the end of a game. The intentional foul rule has developed into misapplication and personallllll interpretstions. An intentional foul is a personal or technical foul that nuetralizes an opponents obvious advantage ous position. Contact away from the ball or when not making a legitimate attemptt to play the ball, speciffically designed to stop or keepthe clock from sdtarting shall be intentional.Intentional fouls may or may not be premeditated and not based soley on the severity of the act. A foul also shall be ruled intentional if while playing the ball a player causes excessive contact with an opponent.
a. Anytime during the game
Acts that neutralize an opponents obvious advantageous position and must be deemed intentional include:
1. Excessive contact on any player attempting a try
2. Grabbing or shoving a player from behind when an easy basket may be scored
3. Grabbing and hilding a player from behind or away from the ball
b. Game awareness: The probability of fouling late in the game is an accepted coaching strategy and is utilized by many coaches in some form. Officials must have the courage to enforce the intentional foul rule properliy.
SUGGESTION FOR COACHES: iT IS IMPORTANT TO PTRCTICE FOULING PLAYERS WITH THE BALLHOLDING OR DRIBBLIN SO THATTHEY ARE NOT CALLED FOR AN INTENTIONAL FOUL ESPECIALLY LATE IN THE GAME WHEN YOU WANT TO STOP THE CLOCK. PRACTICE PLAYING THE BALL CLEANLY TRYING TO MAKE A LEGITIMATE STEAL AND IF THE STEAL IS NOT COMPLETED SUCCESFULLY THEN MAKE CONTAC WITH THE BODY OF THE PAYER TO GET THE FOUL CALL, SO IT WILL NOT BE CALLED AN INTENTIONA FOUL.
SET UP LATE GAME SITUATIONS WITH THE CLOCK TIME AND SCORE BEHIND AND PRACTICE THIS, IT WILL PAY OFF. I ALWAYS TOOK TIME TO REVIEW THIS SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE SEASON BY PRACTICING THIS AT PRACTICE AT THE END OF PRACTICES WHEN THE PLAYERS WERE TIRED AS THEY ARE LATE IN THE GAME. KNOWING HOW TO FOUL TO STOP THE CLOCK INTENTIONALLY WITHOUT HAVING AN INTENTIONAL FOUL CALL TAKES PRACTICE.
4. Guidelines to enforce illegal contact.
a. hand checking is a foul: Examples one hand on a player, 2 hands on a player jabbinbg a hand or forearm on an opponent and 4 continuous contact by hand or forearm on a player.
b. Post Play
Any tactic using hands, arms or body to control the movement of an opposing player
Examples of illegal post play:
1. hooking by the offensive player
2. Pushing, holding orr slapping a player
3. Dislodging an opponent bybusing leg or knee to the rear of an opponent
4. Dislodging an opponent by backingnthem down
C. Rebounding Any activity to illegally gain rebounding position on an opponent.
SPECIAL EMPHASIS In Maine: Lane Violations on players lined up along the lane. Violation if any of the six players along the lane steps over the line even without touching the floor with a foot before the ball hits the rim IS A VIOLATION THAT SHOULD BE CALLED.