Basketball rulings commonly misunderstood

  • INTENTIONAL FOUL or “And 1” – when called by a ref or organiser, the offence is awarded an instant 1 point and possession. If team converts possession to scores it may result in a 5 to 6 point play. This is done as basketball613 does not ref using free throws, to keep the game moving. 
  • The hand is considered “part of the ball” when it is in contact with the ball. Therefore, contact on that hand by a defender while it is in contact with the ball is not illegal.’ It’s still part of the ball when in the act of shooting. It’s always and forever part of the ball. Only in a case where a defender removes the hand from the ball in an unsportsmanlike manner, eg, grabbing the hand, would you call a foul.
  • “basketball is a non-contact sport”

Participation in sport and recreation, particularly at the community level, should be fun. Preventing and eliminating discrimination and harassment goes a long way to ensure enjoyment from participation.

Play by the Rules provides information and online training on discrimination, harassment and child protection to address inappropriate behaviour in sport. It is supported by the Australian Government and each State and Territory Government.

The Play by the Rules program complements the Australian Sports Commission’s Harassment-free Sport Strategy.

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