In this week's edition, assistant director Mark Uyl discusses when basketball officials should call an intentional foul.
Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
Below is this week's segment – Calling Intentional Fouls - Listen
At the end of any close basketball game, it’s an accepted part of basketball strategy for the team that’s behind to foul and send the team in the lead to the foul line.
This year there is a point of emphasis nationally dealing with intentional fouls. Intentional fouls should be called whenever a player obviously neutralizes an opponent’s obvious advantage, or when contact occurs with an opponent who is clearly not in the play, or when that contact is not an attempt to play the ball.
Certainly excessive contact remains as one of the types of intentional fouls. A team merely trying to foul on purpose does not make it an intentional foul.
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