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Weekly Announcements

January
15

TOURNAMENT WEEKS
The next two weeks are tournament weeks in Kansas which means many schools will be playing different teams and seeing different officials. It is important that coaches and officials do a good job of communicating with each other due to some unfamiliarity. If everyone remembers their role - games go very well. Players - Play; Coaches-Coach; Officials-Officiate and fans positively support their teams.

LEGAL GUARDING POSITION
Legal guarding position is found in Rule 4 Section 23. Guarding is defined as legally placing the body in the path of an offensive opponent. Usually the defender is between the offensive player and the basket. Note the word "legally." To initially be legal when guarding an opponent the defender must have two feet touching the court in bounds and the defenders torso must be facing the opponent. There you have it, two feet touching the court and facing the offensive player.

After obtaining that initial advantage by being in the path of the dribble driver the defender may legally move to maintain the legal guarding position (LGP). In doing so the defender no longer has to have both feet touching the court and can legally be airborne. The guard is also no longer required to face the offensive opponent. The defender may move straight backward, laterally or even obliquely backward. The defender may not ever move forward and initiate contact.

The defender may jump and raise hands within his/her vertical plane or he/she may duck to absorb the ensuing contact. Here is the most difficult part of the defender proving his/her innocence. If the offensive opponent is airborne the defender must have obtained LGP before the opponent left the floor. This play is more complicated when a secondary defender is involved.

It is pretty clear why officials must locate and referee the defense. In order to adjudicate a block- charge play correctly they must know whether the defender obtained and maintained legal guarding position and they must know if the contact was initiated by the defense or by the offense. If the offense initiated the contact and the defender was legal and not going forward the call must go against the offense.

LEGAL GUARDING POSITION - VERTICALITY
Now that we understand legal guarding position, let's talk about verticality.

Verticality with the Hands and Arms: A defensive player must keep his/her hands and arms vertical within his/her cylinder while defending an opponent. Players are moving their hands and arms forward out of the cylinder as the offensive player commences his/her upward motion and contacting the shooter's arms. Once contact occurs the arms are raised vertically. A foul should be called if the hands and arms leave the vertical position, even if they straighten them after contact.

Bellying-Up: Be alert to the defensive player showing verticality with his arms in the air while still moving slightly forwards, into the offensive player, with his lower body. Determine if the defender established an initial legal guarding position with both feet on the floor, facing his opponent, and on the spot first. A defensive player is allowed to jump VERTICALLY from a legally established position on the floor and while in the air is entitled to occupy the space within the vertical plane from the floor to the ceiling within his cylinder. A defensive player should not be penalized for leaving the floor in order to play legal defense. Contact which occurs between two players jumping vertically, side by side, is more likely to be incidental and deemed a no-call. Tall players should not be penalized because of their athletic abilities to block shots and take rebounds in the air. [ Continue ]

 

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6A

5A

4A-DI

4A-DII

3A

2A

1A-DI

1A-DII

OP-Blue Valley Northwest HS

Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights

SM-Bishop Miege

Holcomb

Marysville

Salina-Sacred Heart

Hanover

Sharon Springs-Wallace County

6A

5A

4A-DI

4A-DII

3A

2A

1A-DI

1A-DII

Manhattan

OP-St. Thomas Aquinas

SM-Bishop Miege

Girard

Hugoton

Claflin-Central Plains

Hanover

Waverly


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