Post Play.  This was an area of improvement last year and continues to be an area of awareness and enforcement. A review of the criteria is as follows:

  • An opponent is displaced from a legally established or obtained position
  • An arm-bar is extended and displaces an opponent
  • A locked and/or extended elbow displaces an opponent
  • A leg or knee is used in the rear of an opponent to hold or displace
  • Holding, hooking, slapping, pinning or pushing the leg or body of an opponent
  • An offensive post player “backs-down” and displaces the defender once that defender has obtained a legal guarding position.


In the area of illegal post play, this point of emphasis gives us a lot to think about.  Post play is usually the most aggressive part of the game that we have to manage.  In the past, it has become expected that this play can be rough and that most of this contact has been ignored as “part of the game.”  However, this gives us more guidelines, and the needed reasoning to address rough play.


This video is an example of a defender using his knee to displace his opponent, keeping him from obtaining a legal post position.  The offensive player has the right to that space on the floor.  Many times, it will have to be determined if the offensive player is ‘backing down’ on the defensive player.  If both of these are happening at the same time, there are several ways to rule on the play.  Determine which happened first, and penalize that player, or if the situation warrants it, a double-foul.  Reserve the use of the double foul to address overly-aggressive play from both players.