Foul Calling at its Best

Take 3 minutes to view these great scholastic video examples of foul calling situations to improve your on-court judgement.

Look for these key takeaways:

  • Post players cannot force a shooter away from the basket by causing illegal contact.
  • Defensive players must stay within their vertical plane.
  • See the whole play when refereeing the defense.
  • Look for defenders pushing shooters in the back — see the whole play.
  • After legal guarding position is obtained, the defender may turn or duck to absorb the shock of  contact.
  • If a defender while playing the ball causes excessive contact, it may be ruled an intentional foul.
  • Calling officials should remain with the play (after a foul is called) to make sure there is no extra unsportsmanlike conduct between players.
  • Don’t be in a hurry to report a foul – when other hard fouls have been whistled.  Make sure an extra set of eyes is always on the players while reporting.

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3 thoughts on “Foul Calling at its Best

  1. The charge call in the play at the 50 second mark should be a block. Once the offensive player takes his initial first step after the dribble, the defender must be set. The defender is still moving over into position as the offensive player takes his two steps. Block in my opinion, at least in the new interpretation. What do you guys think?

  2. I agree with you; I didn’t think he had established LGP before the shooter left the floor. I know this stuff happens fast, but the shooter had no opportunity to stop or change direction (he had already left the florr), so I’ll go “block” all day long on that.

    Just my thoughts…..


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