The airborne shooter rule is a must know rule for effectively running a smooth game.  Knowing when a player is no longer an airborne shooter changes the way fouls on the shooter are administered.

When refereeing the shooter, you must “referee the shooter up and down.” What does that mean? Start with the feet, to see where he left the floor. Then check “wrist to elbow” to make sure there is a clean release. Then go back to the feet. The shooter is down as soon as the first foot touches the floor. In this video, it appears that the shooter was down before being backed into. The video isn’t the best angle to make a judgement, but it is a questionable call.

4.1.1 – Airborne Shooter