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Rule 9: Free Throws and Penalty - Free Throw Lineup



Section I—Positions and Violations

d. During a free throw attempt for a common foul, each of the spaces nearest the end-line must be occupied by an opponent of the free throw shooter. Teammates of the free throw shooter must occupy the next adjacent spaces on each side. Only one of the third spaces may be occupied by an opponent of the free throw shooter. It is not mandatory that either of the third spaces be occupied by an opponent but may not be occupied by a teammate. If there is a discrepancy, teammates of the free throw shooter will occupy the spaces first.

I've seen this mis-interpreted at the higher level as well. This is very commonly mistakened with the College and High School rules.

1. Both High School and College does not reqire the shooting team to occupy the middle spot in the free throw lane.
2. The only spot that is optional for the non-shooting team at the pro level is the 3rd spot closest to the shooter.
3. Minimum of 4 and Maximum of 5 in the box, and the shooter.


Crew chief stuff!!


WNBA: Video Break-down #8

This is a great example of getting the first foul.

The difference-maker on this play is between a 3 point play and side-out foul. The second foul didn’t seem much of one. The best to position yourself and get the first foul.



Prelude to the Fight

fight kevin love



A very difficult moment to manage that throws every game off instantly.  Some officials can stop it by forcefully over-officiating every foul in the game, but you can ruin what could be a good game.  Take a look at these plays, which resulted in the game going out of control. 


Fouls and irritants that we allow to happen in the game we encourage.  When we don’t get the first foul, every foul after that usually gets worse until a foul is called.  If the game got out of control, it must have been the result of at least one of the following:

  • Not enough fouls were called, which turned into a physical game.
  • A lot of disrespectful talking between the players was allowed in the game.
  • Call inconsistency.

I’m sure I may be missing a few points which can let the game out of control.  The point of this article is when to catch it prior to it completely folding.

You can’t stop players from committing stupid and/or hard fouls.  It’s a part of the game.  These hard fouls tend to lead to fights breaking out.  There is one thing that is consistent prior to every fight that breaks out in sports.

The longer the players that are involved in the play stay close together after every hard/crucial foul, a fight is potential.  As an official, we must stay connected to the play after the foul has been called until the players are separated from each other.



NBA Summer League: Video Break-down #10

What a great play.

Monty Mccutchen has made a point of emphasis this year about non-basketball plays.  Expect more of this cleaned up in the NBA this upcoming year. 

Tough play by Kings #88.  Miscommunication on a busted play.  He was trying to throw a screen for the dribbler on a possible pick and roll.  Instead the dribbler shot the ball.

Your thoughts on what 

WNBA: Video Break-down #7

There looks like an elbow on this play by PHX #42. It was right in front of the Lead.

I’m not sure if help could have come from the Trail or the Slot.

How could the Lead have PA to create a better look on the play?



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