2017 - 2018 SEASON
With Veteran Long Island Official Skip Yutzler
QUESTION - A-5 shoots and misses off the rim and teammate A-4 jumps up for a put back/layup. He airballs his attempt. Can he (A-4) come down with the rebound although he air balled his try?

ANSWER: Based on your description of the play, it is legal. The key is “did the official deem the put back as a legitimate try for goal, or not?” If the answer is YES, then it’s all legal. Once the put back “shot” is attempted, team control ends and it is a loose ball that players from either team can get. If the offensive team gets it, they are free to shoot again just like any ofter missed shot.

QUESTION - A-1 is driving to the rim and is fouled hard by opponent B-1. A-1 scores but is injured and cannot continue to play at this time. He is taken out the game. Who shoots the free throw and who determines the player who will shoot the free throw? 

ANSWER: Let’s start by understanding that this answer is based on Boys High School rules (NFHS) not college or pro. The procedures are quite different. In High School, the free throws will be shot by the substitute who replaces the injured player. This is decided by the coach of Team A who will select the substitute to enter the game. The injured player may not return to the game until the next opportunity AFTER the clock has started following the substitution for the injured player.

QUESTION - Teammates A-4 and A-5 both grab a rebound at the same time and have simultaneous possession of the ball. A-4 takes several small steps while
both players hold the ball. A-5 remains stationary as A-4 lets go of the ball. A-5 starts his dribble down the court. Should this be a traveling violation because of the shuffling of the feet by A-4 while both players were holding the ball?

ANSWER: YES, this is ruled a “traveling violation” because even though one player remained stationary, the other player picked up his pivot before starting a dribble. Players on the same team must recognize their situation and handle it accurately. The officials cannot be expected to play “multiple choice” and pick the pivot foot that their team would most desire.  

QUESTION - A-1 is driving to the basket on a breakaway and is in the motion for a try at the basket. A-2 behind the play illegally shoves B1. The official blows the whistle for the foul on A-2 and then allows the try by A-1 to continue and counts the basket. Correct ?

ANSWER - NO. By rule, there is no “continuous motion” when there is a foul by the team in control. Breaking it down further: If the shot has NOT been released at the time of a foul by A-2 (teammate of shooter A-1) that shot cannot be scored. It is a team control foul, no free throws (similar to an illegal screen) and Team B ball for a throw in. If the shot has been released, then team control has already ended and the goal will count if the ball goes in. The foul (by A-2) is like any other foul after a shot has been released (like a rebounding foul). The team that is fouled will get their 1 & 1, if entitled, even if the original shot went in. Yes, it could be a 4 point play. (Rule 4.11, especially Article 3)

QUESTION - A-1 is on the line for the first shot of a 1 & 1. While A-1 is in his shooting motion, teammate A-2 shoves his opponent, B-2, into the lane. The official blows his whistle to indicate a foul by A-2. The whistle occurs BEFORE A-1’s release of the free throw but A-1 continues his shooting motion and the ball goes into the goal. How is this situation handled by the officials?

ANSWER: There are multiple rule factors here. The first is that since the whistle came before the release of A-1’s free throw, it is deemed a “team control” situation. (YES, team A has “team control” during their free throw!) By rule (4.11-article 3) “continuous motion” cannot occur after a team control foul. So the play is dead immediately and the free throw cannot count. The second factor is that A-1 is still entitled to his “merited free throws.” He will still get to take his 1&1 with no players on the lane. Since it is a team control foul situation, B-2 is not entitled to any free throws. The officials will award the ball to Team B for a throw in along the baseline depending on the result of the last free throw that A-1 was entitled to. If he makes it, Team B will get the ball on the end line with the right to run the line. If he misses, team B will get the ball from a “designated spot” on the end line.

QUESTION - Exactly as above, but in this case the whistle for the pushing foul by A-2 comes AFTER shooter A-1 releases his free throw. The ball enters the basket. How is this situation handled?

ANSWER - The free throw by A-1 will count if it goes in. Unlike the above question, since the whistle came AFTER the release of A-1’s free throw, this is NOT ruled a team control foul so the free throw will count. If the first free throw by A-1 goes in, the second free throw of A-1’s 1&1 is taken with no one on the lane. Make or miss, Team B will then get to shoot their own 1&1 at the opposite end (if they are in the bonus ) and play will continue as normal.

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Skip Yutzler
IAABO Board 127 
46 Years High School and Junior College Official
Selected 5 times to officiate at the
 New York State High School Championships