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About the Concept: Hand
= Any hand contact with the dribbler, in order to "find" him.
About the Rule:
During back court pressure by a defensive player, any hand contact with the dribbler is
illegal. No warning. It is a personal FOUL
b. Front court
At front court, if a
dribbler is not going to the basket
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defender, in order to "find" the dribbler, may briefly place a hand on him, but
the hand must not remain on any part of the dribbler.
A hand that remains on the dribbler or influences the direction of a dribbler anywhere on
the court is illegal. No warning. It is a personal FOUL
It is also be noted that "bumping" or dislodging on dribblers and offensive
players without the ball who are moving to new positions on the floor will be penalized.
Hand checking and any other contact are covered by the rules with
differences between the leagues - see below -. but the issue is the application of the
rule. Not only vary from league to league, it can vary from game to game. This is why the
people who make the rules issue interpretation bulletins, publish casebooks (play
situations with rulings) and produce videotapes. These clarify various play
and help officials decide if an advantage has been gained
, which is the principal reason
for calling a foul.
About Hand checking Rule Differences at different Leagues:
Not allowed to hand check nor putting the forearm on the dribbler for a
second. Use of forearm alone is often a foul
It is a different matter if the player is protecting himself from a player who
is backing in to his already established legal space
There is a codified post play between the refs: if you put two hands on the back of a post
player, or a forearm and one hand, or both forearms, it is a foul. A forearm alone
on a player backing in, ostensibly in order to
protect the position you already have
, is generally OK.
The rule application varies a bit by where you are in the world.
The rules are so heavily in favor of the offensive players, that the
officials would have to start making
those reciprocal calls
just to give the defense a chance. The biggest question mark
is, what are the defenders going to do with the power guys like Shak, Barkley and Malone,
who make or made a living backing their way to the basket ? It must be possible to be able
to play some kind of reasonable defense on those guys.
is ultimately a game of skill, timing and position
, and as a defender, if you have a
position and refs are going to allow the offensive player to just run over you, then you
have an inherent sense of unfairness about the game.
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Mario Sebastiani - eBA
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