End of the Game Part 2..Now what do you think?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

Now Three plays in 13 seconds in slow-motion...Just 13 seconds and we as officials had many decisions in a 76-74 game...Looking for feedback after seeing in slow-motion! If you cannot get links to play "Copy and Paste" each one into your browser.

The fact that they got together prior to the play is what we should do everytime...We should always do that, and try to envision anything that might happen...We have officiated both teams for 31:47 so we should have awareness of who most likely would take the shot. That player(s) should be a primary focus. Screening on these types of plays are sometimes borderline and we cannot put the defense at a disadvantage. We also must focus on the movement and footwork of the ball handler as they are keenly aware of the clock and lack of time left to get the shot off and may have again put the defense at a disadvantage. Finally, if their is contact on the shooter, we must officiate the defense, did they initiate that contact? A lot to comprehend in just 13 seconds!

Play #1

Watch the players at the top of the key.....Although the two hand push was subtle, by watching play #2, you will see that the home player was the designed player to get the ball, he created separation by placing two hands on the player defending him and put the defender at a disadvantage. The defender ended up to the left of the screener..Is this a Team Control Foul???


Play #2

The player who created separation is now the player with the ball. Identify the pivot foot that he establishes, it is his left foot!

Rule 4.15.3 The dribble begins by pushing, throwing or batting the ball to the floor before the pivot foot is lifted.

Did he start before the pivot foot is lifted??


Play # 3

This is why we get paid the "Big Bucks", Was the defender legally in place? Look at his feet were they in a legal guarding position? Did he extend his arms? If we determine the defender was legal, Did the offensive player initiate the contact? If you think so, Was it a player control foul as his contact and force displaced the defender? That would be a truly gutsy call if you make it.... Should "air" have been put in the whistle? Was it an act of shooting foul? or are you OK with their decision of a no call.

Here is the Guarding rule:


ART. 1 . . . Guarding is the act of legally placing the body in the path of an offensive opponent. There is no minimum distance required between the guard and opponent, but the maximum is 6 feet when closely guarded. Every player is entitled to a spot on the playing court provided such player gets there first without illegally contacting an opponent. A player who extends an arm, shoulder, hip or leg into the path of an opponent is not considered to have a legal position if contact occurs. ART. 2 . . . To obtain an initial legal guarding position: a. The guard must have both feet touching the playing court. b. The front of the guard’s torso must be facing the opponent. ART. 3 . . . After the initial legal guarding position is obtained: a. The guard may have one or both feet on the playing court or be airborne, provided he/she has inbound status. b. The guard is not required to continue facing the opponent. c. The guard may move laterally or obliquely to maintain position, – provided it is not toward the opponent when contact occurs. d. The guard may raise hands or jump within his/her own vertical plane. e. The guard may turn or duck to absorb the shock of imminent contact.


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