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Year End Episode! LET'S LOOK AT PLAYS AND GET BETTER! #5playfriday

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As the calendar year comes to a close, let’s keep getting better by looking at plays. There are two plays today that focus on the new rules for 2023: Leaving the court voluntarily and recitifying a throw-in given to the wrong team. Also a backcourt play, a ball at the disposal of the thrower play and a basket interference play! Join us for a quick episode to get better as a basketball official.

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00:00 – Intro
We kick off the show with our signature intro, prepping for officiating discussions.
00:43 – Play 1️⃣ – BACKCOURT PLAY. LEGAL?
01:42 – Play 2️⃣ – CORRECTABLE? FIXABLE? RECTIFIABLE? ‍♂️
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06:11 – Play 3️⃣ – 3 POINT SHOOTER FOULED
09:33 – Do you want to submit a play for 5 Play Friday?
09:53 – Play 4️⃣ – SOMETHING HAPPENS AT THE BASKET ⏲️
13:30 – Play 5️⃣ – DON’T GET THIS PLAY WRONG!
17:04 – Review of Play 1️⃣ – Let’s Look at All the Things!
20:18 – Bonus Play – THROW-IN VIOLATION RULED??
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A winter chill is in the air. Let’s get in the gym where it’s warm, where it’s exciting, where the game is. But how are we going to get there? We’re going to get better today by looking at plays. Let’s look at five plays. Stick around.

Greetings, everyone! Welcome back to Five Play Friday. We’re looking at plays, we’re looking at all the things, we’re looking to get better as basketball officials. My name is Greg Austin with A Better Official. We craft videos to help basketball officials get better and take control of their officiating career. Without delay, let’s look at our first play today. Are you ready? Make the call! Let’s take a look at Play Number One.

Stop it! Pop! Z-Doar, excellent three-pointer. Oh, looked like an over-back.

Timeout.

Alright, it was ruled a legal play by our officials in this game. What do you have on this play? Put your ruling down in the comments below, and stick around to the end of the video. We’ll look at all the things on play number one. Alright, with that, let’s move on to play number two.

That’s seven. It’s a 162 game, 2:59 to go in the first quarter. Bennett Wasner picking up… More ball goes out, out of bounds, turnover. It’ll go to Sou Falls Christian.

There’s a little confusion there about whose ball that was going to be. I think there’s still some confusion. Looks like it’s going to be Husky ball. That was off of Su Falls Christian.

Alright, new in 2023, we now have, as officials, the ability to rectify the situation when we have given a throw-in to the wrong team. In this situation, the ball should have been awarded to Black. It was deflected by White. Our center official offers guidance to our lead, who also appears to be ball-watching on the play. But we have the correct ruling: this is a black throw-in. Right? We go to administer the throw-in, suddenly a player appears next to us. We hand them the basketball inadvertently. In this situation, but the crew has the presence of mind to recognize, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we have screwed this up. We can now fix it.’ In the past, of course, until this year, once the throw-in had ended, by in this instance being legally touched on the court, we would not have the opportunity to correct. But this year, we do have the opportunity to correct. Now, we also have the opportunity to put the correct time back on the clock if we have definitive knowledge of that. This ball was inbounded at 2:51. The clock ran. The original throw occurred at 2:51, the clock ran, and then when the throw-in was then readministered, 2:51 was put on the clock. But also, for shot clock states, note the status of the shot clock. It’s 24 seconds. When we erroneously award the ball to the wrong team, the timing of the game gets corrected, but the shot clock needs to be corrected as well. This would be a situation where we really have to have great knowledge of clocks. In this situation, they end up putting 2:51 and the shot clock ran from 35 to 33 and stays there. So one, just a reminder for those in a shot clock state, in this situation, if we are going to make an adjustment to the clock, we need to have that awareness of the shot clock as well. Even if we don’t make an adjustment to the clock, we need to have an awareness of the shot clock as well. So, that’ll be a tough situation, but a good play to see and just remind ourselves, ‘Hey, we can now fix these.’ I have not had one myself this season where we fixed, but looking forward to that first opportunity. Alright, our crew worked really effectively to get this play right.

One thing that’s right is our tremendous show supporters here at Five Play Friday. Who is up on the Show Supporter Big Board today? ☕️ Casey Cody ☕️ Joe Del Collo ☕️ George Harrum ☕️ John Landers ☕️ Bret Temple ☕️. Much appreciated, much love. If you want to support the show, there’s a link on the screen, link in the show description, link in the first pinned comment, and link up above. Awesome, onward, forward, let’s look at our next play.

Great decisions. There’s Moren, kicks it into the corner, three, count it! Well, they gave him a two though, but Marsh got the good buy there, leading scorer Austin Clark, just kind of a… just kind of a little touched by Marshall SMI.

Alright, our center official does a great job of staying with the shooter on this play. Obviously, that’s critical. As basketball officials, a lot of positives in this situation. Now, we have a player whose legs on their shot drift forward. We have to evaluate whether this is their shooting motion. Right? Oftentimes, when a player’s taking a longer shot, their feet can move forward. Liability of the defense for that contact on that play, um, that is illegal contact, and we want to get illegal contact on airborne shooters. So, a great job at the spot, right? Indicating the scored goal, then indicating that it was a three-point try. Great use of the reporting area here as well, right? This is in great position for where they’re going to be for the resulting free throw. The official, very economical use, a little low on the signals. I mean, I prefer a little higher, but just great work by our center official on this play. Right? It’s so critical. I mean, one of the most high-value things we can do on the court is stay with airborne shooters. Right? We need to see them. Is the player behind the three-point line when they go up? We’re looking at point of contact on a play. This defense is quite a ways away, so we don’t really have a contest up top on this play, but then we have to watch that player land, make sure that they do so without that illegal contact.

Yeah, so as a young official, right? Recognize whether or not you are seeing your players up, down, and a little bit more. Make sure you officiate that landing. In this play, now, this is a three-person game. I’ve got two other officials who can handle the rebounding action. I want to get to the rebounding action, but this part of the game is so critical. This is a high priority. If we can protect our shooters in our game, we can, you know, at the end of the game, say, ‘Hey, we did a great job of doing that.’ So, appreciate that play and like it. I like that play a lot, right? Just a reminder, stay with your shooters, get an open look, officiate the play all the way to the floor. He, that play was submitted by the tremendous Chris Janisch from South Dakota. You want to submit a play to Five Play? Here’s a link on the screen, there’s a link in the show description, first com, and yes, I’ll put one up above. Kind of a… submit your play, and maybe it’ll appear on an episode of Five Play Friday. With that, let’s look at our next play.

Pike now, Braxton Miller in the ball game, 5’8 sophomore, he and P play catch. Oh, and it’s turned over! Here goes Anthony, oh boom, kind of a rattle around on a dunk! Doug Miller wants the technical because he was hanging on the rim. Yes, quite a bit.

Alright, don’t see this play every day. What do we have here? We have a situation where there is, first of all, there is a sudden steal, and it gets our crew out of position, right? That happens in the game. Player goes up to dunk the ball, does not enter the basket on their dunk. They hold on to the ring, they swing, and then the ball passes through the basket. What do we have on this play? Our coaching staff here suggests that’s a technical foul for hanging on the rim, uh, or doing something, I don’t know. And what do we have on this play? What would be the correct ruling in this situation? Now, we have a situation where the player is attempting to dunk and holds on to the ring and swings. Do are there players in close proximity that could affect their landing area? And we would deem that it would be permissible for the player to hang on the ring and not assess a technical foul. In this situation, I think that’s certainly, um, reasonable.

Right? When we have a player who swings like this, oftentimes, they need to regain their balance. If they just let go, uh, when they’re in this position, they are at risk of injury, etc. Oftentimes, a player will swing back and then drop. But what do we have on this play? Right? Even though our player has legally attempted to dunk, and we’re judging that they are legally in contact with the ring, we cannot be in contact with the basket when the ball is on or in the basket. This would be a basket interference violation by rule. Even though the player got there legally, this is a basket interference to contact the basket while the ball is on, which it was sitting on the ring, or in, which it ultimately ends up as it enters the basket and passes through. The correct ruling here would be a basket interference violation, if you are deeming this player’s uh, being on the ring to be legal in this situation, due to the proximity of other players. Now, before we leave this play, we have to note our lead official, new trail official here. When our coach comes on to the court, he, the emphatic C account that he gives in the direction of the head coach, like he’s almost going to like hit him, and then what are you doing on the court? Yeah, we have to notice that. So, the correct ruling here would be basket interference violation. If you did not assess a technical foul for hanging on the rim, um, this is not a scored goal by rule. Not a play we see every day, and one of the things we like about uh, Five Play Friday, is we see plays that we don’t see every day, so that when they happen in our game, we’re ready to officiate.

Let’s look at our next play. We’ve got Johnson and Burns, and then way over in the corner, we’ve got Brody McCarty. And this is Morett into the corner, and I don’t know what that call was. So, he went out of bounds before he came back in to catch the ball. Eagle eye Les Schroer… no, actually, I stole that.

Alright, here’s that play. You know, one of the new rules this year involves players voluntarily leaving the court, returning to the court, and being the first to touch. So, these rules are top of mind. What we have to recognize is the spirit and intent of the rule. If a player voluntarily runs off the court, saying, ‘Oh, I want to get from one side of the basket to the other, there’s players in my way, I’m going to go out of bounds and return to the court on the other side,’ is that what happens on this play? No, no, it is not. This player leaves the floor due to their momentum, and that is legal. Their return to the court is legal; there is no restriction on them being the first to touch in this situation. We’ve got to recognize, we may have this rule top of mind, and we’re super sensitive to it, we don’t want to miss it, etc., but this is an incorrect ruling on this play. I noticed in a Facebook forum where people were asking, ‘Have you had this play this year?’ and a lot of officials were saying, ‘I’ve had it a couple of times, two or three times, etc.’ And I have to ask, ‘Wait, are we applying the rule correctly?’ This is an incorrect ruling in this situation. Players who leave the court due to momentum, which happens all the time, especially near the basket — a player goes in for a layup, and their momentum carries them off the court, they save the basketball, in this instance, they drive and pass the basketball, and leave the court due to momentum — there is no restriction on this player returning to the court. None. That is not the purpose of the rule. The rule is specifically designed for players choosing, ‘Oh wait, I need, I can’t use the court here, I’m going to choose to run off of the court to get to another spot on the court.’ I’m going to make a voluntary decision to leave the court, right? And then return, and then the restriction applies. So, good to see this play, so that we can just be aware of the correct ruling in this situation, which would be a no-call. There is no restriction. And also recognize, well, maybe I have a misunderstanding about the rule, or maybe I’m a little too eager to find it in my game because it is a new rule.

Hey, back at the start of the show, we had play number one, a backcourt play. Let’s take a look at play number one. Stop and pop, Z-Doar, excellent three-pointer. Oh, looked over back. Uh, timeout.

Alright, so we have a situation where we have team control on the court. White is dribbling the basketball in the backcourt. The dribbler approaches a division line, a very crowded division line, where there are, how many lines do we have? Six lines adjacent to the division line. Anytime that’s the situation, we need to take a moment and process and make sure what we understand, which is the division line. But we have a dribbler dribbling from the backcourt to the frontcourt. When a dribbler is dribbling from the backcourt to the frontcourt, all three points must be established in the frontcourt for the ball to gain frontcourt status. In this situation, we see our dribbler, one foot, two foot, but the ball never bounces in the frontcourt. This is a legal play; there’s no establishment of frontcourt status on this play. Now, what’s missing in this situation? This game, I believe, is in Illinois, where they would have a visible 10-second count, right? So, our trail official ends up in the frontcourt, officiating backwards. But, you know, the 10-second count is still on the table. The coach for that team recognizes, ‘Hey, let’s call a timeout here,’ right? So, we would want to have our visible count, if that’s appropriate. If we’re using the shot clock to determine a 10-second violation, that would be something different. But we want to be aware of this player still having backcourt status, and a 10-second count would still be in effect on this play. But this is the correct ruling. This is not a backcourt violation. This is not a situation where we need a call. So, no call, correct by our crew in this situation. Yeah, we like to see plays like that

What’s that you say? A bonus play on Five Play Friday? A bonus play? Yeah, I’ve got one more. Alright, so just a play where we have a scored goal, and we have a throw-in after the scored goal. In this situation, the official needs to make a judgment of when the ball is at the disposal of the thrower. We are instructed to allow the team a moment, possibly to gain control of the basketball or recognize the situation. Right? But in this situation, we have a player in white, White 33, holding the basketball. They obviously have it at their disposal. He’s not supposed to be the one doing the throw-in. A teammate, they’re pointing, ‘Hey, get back here, it’s your job.’ We have a pressing situation where the opponents are ready to play basketball, and our official properly begins a 5-second count. We do not have to have a player holding the basketball out of bounds. Right? This rule change occurred several years ago, allowing us to make a judgment. This team has the ball at their disposal. The instruction is, we are to begin our count. If we watch our official, it’s like our first, our brain says, ‘Wow, he’s counting mighty fast.’ It’s an accurate count. We’ve done everything right in this situation. The key part of the equation is recognizing the team, giving the team an opportunity to recognize that it is their throw-in, and once we do that, which they obviously knew, right? There’s confusion amongst the team. We begin to throw in. That’s a cue to them, ‘Hey, you better get out of bounds quickly and throw the ball in.’ But this is how we should handle this play in our game. Really straightforward, but great to see it in the wild. Right? Understanding what it is that we’re looking for on the play. We’re looking for the ball being available to the team and them recognizing as such. Once that’s the case, we begin our count, and the game proceeds as it will.

Alright, fantastic. Appreciate you joining us today. If this is the video content you find valuable as a basketball official, be a great time to do all of the things. The liking is critical. You like this video; it helps us with the YouTube algorithm, gets us in front of more basketball officials so we can all get better together. And one of the ways we get better together is with the support of our tremendous show supporters. Allow me to thank them: ☕️ Casey Cody ☕️ Joe Del Collo ☕️ George Harrum ☕️ John Landers ☕️ Bret Temple ☕️ . Much appreciated, much love. There’s always an opportunity to buy us a coffee. The link is on the screen, in the show description, first pinned comment, will I? Yes, yes, I will, and up above. Awesome. Additional video content is available. Here is a video you should watch next, and here is an opportunity to get advantage of our new training material for new officials. In any event, we’ll see you in the very next video. Take care, everybody.

Year End Episode! LET’S LOOK AT PLAYS AND GET BETTER! #5playfriday

A winter chill is in the air. Let’s get in the gym where it’s warm, where it’s exciting, where the game is. But how are we going to get there? We’re going to get better today by looking at plays. Let’s look at five plays. Stick around.

Greetings, everyone! Welcome back to Five Play Friday. We’re looking at plays, we’re looking at all the things, we’re looking to get better as basketball officials. My name is Greg Austin with A Better Official. We craft videos to help basketball officials get better and take control of their officiating career. Without delay, let’s look at our first play today. Are you ready? Make the call! Let’s take a look at Play Number One.

Stop it! Pop! Z-Doar, excellent three-pointer. Oh, looked like an over-back.

Timeout.

Alright, it was ruled a legal play by our officials in this game. What do you have on this play? Put your ruling down in the comments below, and stick around to the end of the video. We’ll look at all the things on play number one. Alright, with that, let’s move on to play number two.

That’s seven. It’s a 162 game, 2:59 to go in the first quarter. Bennett Wasner picking up… More ball goes out, out of bounds, turnover. It’ll go to Sou Falls Christian.

There’s a little confusion there about whose ball that was going to be. I think there’s still some confusion. Looks like it’s going to be Husky ball. That was off of Su Falls Christian.

Alright, new in 2023, we now have, as officials, the ability to rectify the situation when we have given a throw-in to the wrong team. In this situation, the ball should have been awarded to Black. It was deflected by White. Our center official offers guidance to our lead, who also appears to be ball-watching on the play. But we have the correct ruling: this is a black throw-in. Right? We go to administer the throw-in, suddenly a player appears next to us. We hand them the basketball inadvertently. In this situation, but the crew has the presence of mind to recognize, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we have screwed this up. We can now fix it.’ In the past, of course, until this year, once the throw-in had ended, by in this instance being legally touched on the court, we would not have the opportunity to correct. But this year, we do have the opportunity to correct. Now, we also have the opportunity to put the correct time back on the clock if we have definitive knowledge of that. This ball was inbounded at 2:51. The clock ran. The original throw occurred at 2:51, the clock ran, and then when the throw-in was then readministered, 2:51 was put on the clock. But also, for shot clock states, note the status of the shot clock. It’s 24 seconds. When we erroneously award the ball to the wrong team, the timing of the game gets corrected, but the shot clock needs to be corrected as well. This would be a situation where we really have to have great knowledge of clocks. In this situation, they end up putting 2:51 and the shot clock ran from 35 to 33 and stays there. So one, just a reminder for those in a shot clock state, in this situation, if we are going to make an adjustment to the clock, we need to have that awareness of the shot clock as well. Even if we don’t make an adjustment to the clock, we need to have an awareness of the shot clock as well. So, that’ll be a tough situation, but a good play to see and just remind ourselves, ‘Hey, we can now fix these.’ I have not had one myself this season where we fixed, but looking forward to that first opportunity. Alright, our crew worked really effectively to get this play right.

One thing that’s right is our tremendous show supporters here at Five Play Friday. Who is up on the Show Supporter Big Board today? ☕️ Casey Cody ☕️ Joe Del Collo ☕️ George Harrum ☕️ John Landers ☕️ Bret Temple ☕️. Much appreciated, much love. If you want to support the show, there’s a link on the screen, link in the show description, link in the first pinned comment, and link up above. Awesome, onward, forward, let’s look at our next play.

Great decisions. There’s Moren, kicks it into the corner, three, count it! Well, they gave him a two though, but Marsh got the good buy there, leading scorer Austin Clark, just kind of a… just kind of a little touched by Marshall SMI.

Alright, our center official does a great job of staying with the shooter on this play. Obviously, that’s critical. As basketball officials, a lot of positives in this situation. Now, we have a player whose legs on their shot drift forward. We have to evaluate whether this is their shooting motion. Right? Oftentimes, when a player’s taking a longer shot, their feet can move forward. Liability of the defense for that contact on that play, um, that is illegal contact, and we want to get illegal contact on airborne shooters. So, a great job at the spot, right? Indicating the scored goal, then indicating that it was a three-point try. Great use of the reporting area here as well, right? This is in great position for where they’re going to be for the resulting free throw. The official, very economical use, a little low on the signals. I mean, I prefer a little higher, but just great work by our center official on this play. Right? It’s so critical. I mean, one of the most high-value things we can do on the court is stay with airborne shooters. Right? We need to see them. Is the player behind the three-point line when they go up? We’re looking at point of contact on a play. This defense is quite a ways away, so we don’t really have a contest up top on this play, but then we have to watch that player land, make sure that they do so without that illegal contact.

Yeah, so as a young official, right? Recognize whether or not you are seeing your players up, down, and a little bit more. Make sure you officiate that landing. In this play, now, this is a three-person game. I’ve got two other officials who can handle the rebounding action. I want to get to the rebounding action, but this part of the game is so critical. This is a high priority. If we can protect our shooters in our game, we can, you know, at the end of the game, say, ‘Hey, we did a great job of doing that.’ So, appreciate that play and like it. I like that play a lot, right? Just a reminder, stay with your shooters, get an open look, officiate the play all the way to the floor. He, that play was submitted by the tremendous Chris Janisch from South Dakota. You want to submit a play to Five Play? Here’s a link on the screen, there’s a link in the show description, first com, and yes, I’ll put one up above. Kind of a… submit your play, and maybe it’ll appear on an episode of Five Play Friday. With that, let’s look at our next play.

Pike now, Braxton Miller in the ball game, 5’8 sophomore, he and P play catch. Oh, and it’s turned over! Here goes Anthony, oh boom, kind of a rattle around on a dunk! Doug Miller wants the technical because he was hanging on the rim. Yes, quite a bit.

Alright, don’t see this play every day. What do we have here? We have a situation where there is, first of all, there is a sudden steal, and it gets our crew out of position, right? That happens in the game. Player goes up to dunk the ball, does not enter the basket on their dunk. They hold on to the ring, they swing, and then the ball passes through the basket. What do we have on this play? Our coaching staff here suggests that’s a technical foul for hanging on the rim, uh, or doing something, I don’t know. And what do we have on this play? What would be the correct ruling in this situation? Now, we have a situation where the player is attempting to dunk and holds on to the ring and swings. Do are there players in close proximity that could affect their landing area? And we would deem that it would be permissible for the player to hang on the ring and not assess a technical foul. In this situation, I think that’s certainly, um, reasonable.

Right? When we have a player who swings like this, oftentimes, they need to regain their balance. If they just let go, uh, when they’re in this position, they are at risk of injury, etc. Oftentimes, a player will swing back and then drop. But what do we have on this play? Right? Even though our player has legally attempted to dunk, and we’re judging that they are legally in contact with the ring, we cannot be in contact with the basket when the ball is on or in the basket. This would be a basket interference violation by rule. Even though the player got there legally, this is a basket interference to contact the basket while the ball is on, which it was sitting on the ring, or in, which it ultimately ends up as it enters the basket and passes through. The correct ruling here would be a basket interference violation, if you are deeming this player’s uh, being on the ring to be legal in this situation, due to the proximity of other players. Now, before we leave this play, we have to note our lead official, new trail official here. When our coach comes on to the court, he, the emphatic C account that he gives in the direction of the head coach, like he’s almost going to like hit him, and then what are you doing on the court? Yeah, we have to notice that. So, the correct ruling here would be basket interference violation. If you did not assess a technical foul for hanging on the rim, um, this is not a scored goal by rule. Not a play we see every day, and one of the things we like about uh, Five Play Friday, is we see plays that we don’t see every day, so that when they happen in our game, we’re ready to officiate.

Let’s look at our next play. We’ve got Johnson and Burns, and then way over in the corner, we’ve got Brody McCarty. And this is Morett into the corner, and I don’t know what that call was. So, he went out of bounds before he came back in to catch the ball. Eagle eye Les Schroer… no, actually, I stole that.

Alright, here’s that play. You know, one of the new rules this year involves players voluntarily leaving the court, returning to the court, and being the first to touch. So, these rules are top of mind. What we have to recognize is the spirit and intent of the rule. If a player voluntarily runs off the court, saying, ‘Oh, I want to get from one side of the basket to the other, there’s players in my way, I’m going to go out of bounds and return to the court on the other side,’ is that what happens on this play? No, no, it is not. This player leaves the floor due to their momentum, and that is legal. Their return to the court is legal; there is no restriction on them being the first to touch in this situation. We’ve got to recognize, we may have this rule top of mind, and we’re super sensitive to it, we don’t want to miss it, etc., but this is an incorrect ruling on this play. I noticed in a Facebook forum where people were asking, ‘Have you had this play this year?’ and a lot of officials were saying, ‘I’ve had it a couple of times, two or three times, etc.’ And I have to ask, ‘Wait, are we applying the rule correctly?’ This is an incorrect ruling in this situation. Players who leave the court due to momentum, which happens all the time, especially near the basket — a player goes in for a layup, and their momentum carries them off the court, they save the basketball, in this instance, they drive and pass the basketball, and leave the court due to momentum — there is no restriction on this player returning to the court. None. That is not the purpose of the rule. The rule is specifically designed for players choosing, ‘Oh wait, I need, I can’t use the court here, I’m going to choose to run off of the court to get to another spot on the court.’ I’m going to make a voluntary decision to leave the court, right? And then return, and then the restriction applies. So, good to see this play, so that we can just be aware of the correct ruling in this situation, which would be a no-call. There is no restriction. And also recognize, well, maybe I have a misunderstanding about the rule, or maybe I’m a little too eager to find it in my game because it is a new rule.

Hey, back at the start of the show, we had play number one, a backcourt play. Let’s take a look at play number one. Stop and pop, Z-Doar, excellent three-pointer. Oh, looked over back. Uh, timeout.

Alright, so we have a situation where we have team control on the court. White is dribbling the basketball in the backcourt. The dribbler approaches a division line, a very crowded division line, where there are, how many lines do we have? Six lines adjacent to the division line. Anytime that’s the situation, we need to take a moment and process and make sure what we understand, which is the division line. But we have a dribbler dribbling from the backcourt to the frontcourt. When a dribbler is dribbling from the backcourt to the frontcourt, all three points must be established in the frontcourt for the ball to gain frontcourt status. In this situation, we see our dribbler, one foot, two foot, but the ball never bounces in the frontcourt. This is a legal play; there’s no establishment of frontcourt status on this play. Now, what’s missing in this situation? This game, I believe, is in Illinois, where they would have a visible 10-second count, right? So, our trail official ends up in the frontcourt, officiating backwards. But, you know, the 10-second count is still on the table. The coach for that team recognizes, ‘Hey, let’s call a timeout here,’ right? So, we would want to have our visible count, if that’s appropriate. If we’re using the shot clock to determine a 10-second violation, that would be something different. But we want to be aware of this player still having backcourt status, and a 10-second count would still be in effect on this play. But this is the correct ruling. This is not a backcourt violation. This is not a situation where we need a call. So, no call, correct by our crew in this situation. Yeah, we like to see plays like that

What’s that you say? A bonus play on Five Play Friday? A bonus play? Yeah, I’ve got one more. Alright, so just a play where we have a scored goal, and we have a throw-in after the scored goal. In this situation, the official needs to make a judgment of when the ball is at the disposal of the thrower. We are instructed to allow the team a moment, possibly to gain control of the basketball or recognize the situation. Right? But in this situation, we have a player in white, White 33, holding the basketball. They obviously have it at their disposal. He’s not supposed to be the one doing the throw-in. A teammate, they’re pointing, ‘Hey, get back here, it’s your job.’ We have a pressing situation where the opponents are ready to play basketball, and our official properly begins a 5-second count. We do not have to have a player holding the basketball out of bounds. Right? This rule change occurred several years ago, allowing us to make a judgment. This team has the ball at their disposal. The instruction is, we are to begin our count. If we watch our official, it’s like our first, our brain says, ‘Wow, he’s counting mighty fast.’ It’s an accurate count. We’ve done everything right in this situation. The key part of the equation is recognizing the team, giving the team an opportunity to recognize that it is their throw-in, and once we do that, which they obviously knew, right? There’s confusion amongst the team. We begin to throw in. That’s a cue to them, ‘Hey, you better get out of bounds quickly and throw the ball in.’ But this is how we should handle this play in our game. Really straightforward, but great to see it in the wild. Right? Understanding what it is that we’re looking for on the play. We’re looking for the ball being available to the team and them recognizing as such. Once that’s the case, we begin our count, and the game proceeds as it will.

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