Guarding Rule, Excessive Contact (VIDEO)

During our most recent rules interpretation on 2/2, we had much discussion about a play that occurred in a recent game. Several rules need to be reviewed and show how they are to be implemented on the play. Here is the play:


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The 1st rule is the definition of Guarding, as there were questions about the defender. Remember the mantra "What did the defender do wrong!"

Here is the rule Rule 4.23:


SECTION 23 GUARDING 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.


ART. 4 . . . Guarding an opponent with the ball or a stationary opponent - without the ball:

a. No time or distance is required to obtain an initial legal position.

b. If the opponent with the ball is airborne, the guard must have obtained legal position before the opponent left the floor.


ART. 5 . . . Guarding a moving opponent without the ball:

a. Time and distance are factors required to obtain an initial legal position.

b. The guard must give the opponent the time and/or distance to avoid contact.

c. The distance need not be more than two strides.

d. If the opponent is airborne, the guard must have obtained legal position before the opponent left the floor.


Next is the Intentional Foul Rule 19.3

ART. 3 . . . An intentional foul is a personal or technical foul that may or may not be premeditated and is not based solely on the severity of the act.

Intentional fouls include, but are not limited to:

a. Contact that neutralizes an opponent's obvious advantageous position.

b. Contact away from the ball with an opponent who is clearly not involved with a play. c. Contact that is not a legitimate attempt to play the ball/player specifically designed to stop the clock or keep it from starting.

d. Excessive contact with an opponent while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor.

e. Contact with a thrower-in as in 9-2-10 Penalty 4.


The play in the video was "LIVE" ball excessive contact and the ruling is "Two Shots and the ball at the Point of Interruption."


Based on the "temperature" of the game, that is a feel for what may have preceded the play, the Calling Official could have ruled the play as a Flagrant Personal Foul,which results in the offending player being ejected..it is recommended that because of the severe consequences that the entire crew come together to discuss the play.


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