Well I decided not to take a basketball schedule this year, my new job doesn’t give me enough time to do it. I have had the chance to go watch a few games and listen to the comic routines in the stands. I finally figured out that I don’t go to watch the game but to listen to the people in the bleachers yelling. Once again I get to hear them yell “walk”, “his feet were moving” and “3 seconds”. So I will clear up a few things and let everyone know what they’re saying is not correct.
“Walk” – This term is incorrect unless you’re watching baseball the following is correct:
Traveling is moving a foot or feet in any direction in excess of prescribed limits while holding the ball. The limits on foot movements are as follows:
A player, who catches the ball while moving or dribbling, may stop, and establish a pivot foot as follows:
a. If both feet are off the floor and the player lands:
1. Simultaneously on both feet, either foot may be the pivot.
2. On one foot followed by the other, the first foot to touch is the pivot.
3. On one foot, the player may jump off that foot and simultaneously land on both. Neither foot can be a pivot in this case.
b. If one foot is on the floor:
1. It is the pivot when the other foot touches in a step.
2. The player may jump off that foot and simultaneously land on both. Neither foot can be a pivot in this case.
Another one we hear very often is “his feet were moving”. Most of the time this is used in regards to a player control foul or “charge”. Here is why that is incorrect:
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.
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.
My personal favorite is “3 seconds”:
This one you will hear a lot of different answers and the one I like to use is “who cares”. An old school official once told me if you have a player standing in the paint and a defender leaves him to cover another man and he catches an entry pass then he has gained an advantage by not vacating the lane. Now on the other hand if he’s standing there for 5 to 10 seconds no doing anything and he doesn’t catch the ball he’s not gaining an advantage and let it go, but the second he catches a pass in the lane you nail him! I’m gonna try and go watch a few games in the next week or so but until then I’ll be posting about offseason training, health and fitness.