Teaser's of the Week #4

posted Dec 3, 2017, 8:11 AM by Terry Irish   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 8:35 AM ]

There was a question on #19 of the Refresher Test today.


Q: B-1 deflects A-1’s throw-in. While the ball is loose, A-2 commits a common foul on B-2. Team B is in the bonus. The official awards B-2 a one and one. Is the official correct?


A: No. 4-12-4, 10-7 Penalties 1b, 4-19-7. During a throw in there is team control. The throw-in ended when B-1 deflected the ball. But while the ball remains live, a loose ball always remains in control of the team whose player last had control, unless it is a try or tap for goal. Therefore Team A still had team control and B-2 would not shoot any free throws after being fouled. Team B would have a spot throw-in.


The NCAA Alabama vs Minnesota men’s game played on Sat, 11/25/17 was surreal when players left the bench area and the teams ended up playing with less than 5 players.  With that game in mind, I will ask a few questions about fighting and playing with less than 5 players.


Q1: A-1 dunks over B-1 and then taunts B-1. B-1 retaliates and punches A-1. The official rules a technical foul on A-1 for taunting and a flagrant foul on B-1 for fighting. B-1 is disqualified. Is the official correct?


A1: No. 4.18.2 Case book, page 27. Both A-1 and B-1 are disqualified for fighting. A-1’s action is defined as fighting when the taunting caused B-1 to retaliate by fighting.


Q2: Post players A-1 and B-1 begin punching each other and play is stopped. Team A Substitutes A-6 and A-7 along with Team B Substitutes B-6 and B-7 leave the bench area and come on to the court.  No substitutes participate in the fight. The official disqualifies A-1 and B-1 for fighting. Substitutes A-6, A-7, B-6 and B-7 are disqualified for leaving the bench area. The coaches of Team A and Team B are assessed with 1 indirect technical foul each and must sit the remainder of the game. No foul shots are taken. The game resumes from the Point of Interruption. Is the official correct?


A2: Yes. 10.5.5 Case book, pages 84/85.

Note: The head coaches may enter the court in the situation where a fight may break out or has broken out to prevent the situation from escalating. This does not apply to ANY assistant coaches. If the substitutes do not participate in the fight, the coaches are assessed 1 indirect technical each.


Q3: With 7:22 left in the 4th quarter and the score Team A: 64 and Team B: 55; Post players A-1 and B-1 begin punching each other and play is stopped. Team A Substitutes A-6, A-7, A-8, A-9, A-10 and A-11 along with Team B Substitutes B-6, B-7, B-8, B-9 and B-10 leave the bench area and participate in the fight.  The official disqualifies A-1, A-6, A-7, A-8, A-9, A-10 and A-11 along with B-1, B-6, B-7, B-8, B-9, B-10 for fighting. The Team A coach is assessed with 5 indirect technical fouls and the Team B coach is assessed with 4 indirect technical fouls each. Both coaches are disqualified. Team A only has players A-12, A-13 and A-14 available to participate. Team B has players B-11, B-12, B-13 and B-14 available to participate. The official rules that the game can continue with less than 5 players available to each team. Team B will shoot 2 technical foul shots and put the ball in play from the mid-court area opposite the scorer’s table. Is the official correct?


A3: Yes. 10.5.5 Case book, pages 84/85 and 3.1.1. Read the above carefully as the bench personnel do participate in the fight and there is an uneven number of participates from each team.

Note: A team must begin the game with 5 players, but if it has not substitutes to replace disqualified or injured players, it must continue with fewer than five. When there is only one player participating for a team, the team shall forfeit the game, unless the referee believes that team has an opportunity to win the game.


You may have some questions on the above scenarios. Feel free to send me an email at terryirish12@gmail.com