Video FA1738 – Illegal Screen

This game clip has been published for educational purpose only.

On this play, the offensive player setting the screen (White-13) steps into the path of the moving defensive player (Red-10), without giving the defensive player ample time to stop and/or change direction.

White-13 sets up an illegal screen by dropping his shoulder into Red-10 who is following White-4. Illegal Screen.

Consider this:

Illegal screening is when the player who is screening an opponent:

• Was moving when contact occurred.

• Did not give sufficient distance in setting a screen outside the field of vision of a stationary opponent when contact occurred.

• Did not respect the elements of time and distance of an opponent in motion when contact occurred.

All players setting screens must give their moving opponents the opportunity to stop and/or change direction. The distance needed to be given will depend on the speed of the opponent.

  Read more about the FIBA Rules – Art. 33.7. Screening: Legal and Illegal

Let’s put emphasis in Mechanics. Watch the following video.

On this play, the Lead Official is in the opposite side when calls an offensive foul (Illegal Screen).

The orientation is: This Official reports the foul to the score’s table and moves to be the NEW TRAIL in the opposite side. (See the Picture below)

On this play, the Officials used the Long Switches.

Question: Is it wrong?

It is not a discussion about right or wrong.

It is about the standard that we are using in this moment.

For this reason, in this play situation, our orientation is: do not use the long switches.


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