WVU vrs. Gonzaga

Updated: Dec 9, 2020


Play # 1,Video 1---WVU gains Team Control when their player gathers the ball and starts their dribble...The ball is knocked away by the Gonzaga defender..by rule, Team Control is still in effect ...The Gonzaga player in an attempt to save the ball bats the ball in bounds into the Frontcourt (Does this constitute Team Control by Gonzaga??..Yes, it is) off the WVU player, and is then recovered by the initial dribbler (Is this Back Court??, Yes ,it is) If the Gonzaga player doesn't save it, WVU gets the ball and they ended up with the ball, but is this the correct call by rule? In NCAA, it is not, in NFHS it is back court..A very tough call, Split second decisions are always required....Comment at the bottom

Control is one of the key fundamentals of basketball. It is vital that officials understand this rule and realize how the rule is involved in so many situations and in arriving at accurate rulings.

Two Types of CONTROL: 1. Player Control 2. Team Control

Player Control A player is in control when he/she is holding or dribbling a live ball inbounds.

When Does Player Control End?

Player control ends when a player is no longer holding or dribbling a live ball inbounds.

There is no player control during a fumble, loose ball, a pass, ball in flight during a tap or try for goal, interrupted dribble or when the ball becomes dead.

Team Control

A team is in control of the ball: 1. When a player of the team has control (dribbling or holding the ball inbounds).

2. While a live ball is being passed among teammates.

3. During an interrupted dribble.

When Does Team Control End?

Team control ends when the ball is in flight during a tap/try for goal, ball becomes dead or an opponent secures control.

Additional Notes/Reminders

Is it possible to have a live ball and neither team is in control? YES – The ball is live during a throw‐in, rebound play, ball in flight during a tap/try, jump ball.

A fumble is accidental loss of Player Control. Player control must exist in order that a player may fumble the ball.

Player control exists when the free thrower has control of the ball.

Player control does not exist when the thrower‐in has possession of the ball.

A loose ball always remains in control of the team who last had player control.

Neither team has control during a dead ball.

Case Book plays 4.12 through 4.12.6 cover player and team control.

Play # 2 Video 2--Drive to the Hoop..Contact Block/Charge ...Was legal guarding position established? Yes, it was and it was easily established..Easy call here, the official is 100% correct.


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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