New FIBA Unsportsmanlike and Travel Interpretations


For those of you that are refereeing this Friday night. The new FIBA rules will be in use so he please spend some time and rewatch the videos that have been posted on the unsportsmanlike and the travel rules. I have also taken the following which covers the interpretations of the new rules very well. If you have any questions on these rules please get in contact with me.

New Rules

There are new FIBA rules that DO APPLY to the VJBL Competitions as of this week. While there are a huge number of technical changes to the rules, probably only three stand out as having an impact on most games:

1. The “Unnecessary Contact” Unsportsmanlike Foul (new, additional rule)

This new rule applies to contact on a dribbler in transition, if the defender has not established a Legal Guarding Position.

This will typically occur on a steal or turnover, when a defensive player tries to impede the dribbler by reaching across or bumping them.

It does not matter if the contact is intended or accidental – it is still an Unsportsmanlike Foul.

It does not matter where any of the other defenders are on the court – there may be one or more defenders between the ball handler and the basket, but it is still an Unsportsmanlike Foul.

Transition starts with the steal or turnover and ends with start of the Act of Shooting, or when the offence stops and sets up.

The “fast-break” Unsportsmanlike foul still applies as well. This new “Unnecessary Contact” Unsportsmanlike Foul is an additional ruling, intended to clean the game up in transition.

For guidance, if the defender has a legal guarding position in front of the dribbler but does not quite adjust in time and is called for a Blocking Foul, normally call this a common Foul.

If the defender does not ever have a legal guarding position on transition, which usually occurs if they are beaten at the start of the turnover, then the defensive foul will usually be an “Unnecessary Contact” Unsportsmanlike Foul.

2. The new application of the Travel Rule

First, there is NO CHANGE to the travel rule regarding players who receive the ball while stationary. There are NO extra steps permitted, and the player must still release the ball BEFORE commencing a dribble. This is UNCHANGED.

The rule has changed for players who gain control of the ball while on the move. Essentially, they are allowed an extra step. This will become effective particularly for the “spin move”, but also applies to “catch and dribble” or “catch and shoot” situations as well.

This new rule can be hard to apply at high speed. For guidance, if the move looks “a bit wrong” but you are not certain, allow it. If it is clearly illegal even under the new rule, then call the Travel.

3. One Unsportsmanlike Foul plus Technical Foul means disqualification.

For some time we have had Two Technical Fouls or Two Disqualifying Fouls by the same player in the same game meaning that they are disqualified and have to leave the game (and the court area in most cases, although common sense might need to be applied for Juniors and in some venues).

Now the rules have added One Unsportsmanlike Foul plus Technical Foul means disqualification. This makes common sense.

Please note that the disqualification is NOT an extra foul – it simply means that the particular player can no longer play in that game.

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