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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 10:44am
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This happened to me last night. HS game. I had no idea what to do, so I did nothing. Tell me if there should've been a whistle.

Ball is loose on the floor in the backcourt. About 3 people around it, maybe 4. Anyway, A1 goes to the floor on his stomach and reaches out to secure the ball. In the process of wrapping up the ball, A1 also wraps his arms around B1's leg. A1 is holding the ball so tightly that B1 can't get his leg out. B1 pulls his legs and drags A1 and the ball along the floor. A1 then pushes the ball to A2 and play continues upcourt. This whole thing was about a second and a half, btw. It wasn't a "tug of war" with the kid and the leg. But there was clearly a point at which B1 tried to get free and couldn't.

Coach B yells travel (b/c A1 "slid"), but I'm not going there. Could this be a holding foul on A1? A1 was clearly playing the ball and not intentionally holding B1. A1 simply wanted to keep control of the ball with other defenders around. So I didn't think a foul was right. It's obviously not a held ball, although the idea is kind of funny to me.

Any thoughts? Should I have had a whistle? If so, for what? Thanks.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 11:00am
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This happened to me last night. HS game. I had no idea what to do, so I did nothing. Tell me if there should've been a whistle.

Ball is loose on the floor in the backcourt. About 3 people around it, maybe 4. Anyway, A1 goes to the floor on his stomach and reaches out to secure the ball. In the process of wrapping up the ball, A1 also wraps his arms around B1's leg. A1 is holding the ball so tightly that B1 can't get his leg out. B1 pulls his legs and drags A1 and the ball along the floor. A1 then pushes the ball to A2 and play continues upcourt. This whole thing was about a second and a half, btw. It wasn't a "tug of war" with the kid and the leg. But there was clearly a point at which B1 tried to get free and couldn't.

Coach B yells travel (b/c A1 "slid"), but I'm not going there. Could this be a holding foul on A1? A1 was clearly playing the ball and not intentionally holding B1. A1 simply wanted to keep control of the ball with other defenders around. So I didn't think a foul was right. It's obviously not a held ball, although the idea is kind of funny to me.

Any thoughts? Should I have had a whistle? If so, for what? Thanks.
A second and a half?
Did A1 get a big disadvantage on the brief "hold"?
Was A1 even really trying to hold B1?
I got nuthin'.

Now if A1 was "holding" B1's leg without the ball...and B1 was trying to get to the ball...then sure, you have a hold.
But, with the scenario you described Chuck, I just see incidental contact.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 11:08am
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I would say good no call, any longer of a time I might have a foul on A1 for holding the leg.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 11:31am
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I suppose you might have a foul, but otherwise, I agree with the no-call. Where in the world would you get a held ball??? (I borrowed the extra question marks from fonnzzy, who is going back on the wagon.)
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 11:34am
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Technical foul on A1 for messing with your mind, Chuck.

Or no-call. Let 'em sort out the loose ball. Nobody got any kinda illegal advantage anywhere on this one, as far as I can see.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 11:56am
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No call was correct. Obviously, we officials understand that travelling wasn't an option. I have seen this type of play a few times and the coaches (usually) understand that just because a play/situation looks weird, it doesn't always warrant a whistle.

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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 01:44pm
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Agree...ugly but nothing illegal as far as I could see.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 02:55pm
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Any chance of a kick ball violation?

That said, I might call a hold on A1 (actually did on a somewhat similar play last night - coach thought I was insane) but would pass if, as you said, it was incidental to playing the ball and wasn't excessive.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 03:06pm
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- coach thought I was insane
Coach was right.

Got nuthin' to do with your officiating though, if that'll make you feel better.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 03:07pm
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Any chance of a kick ball violation?

That said, I might call a hold on A1 (actually did on a somewhat similar play last night - coach thought I was insane) but would pass if, as you said, it was incidental to playing the ball and wasn't excessive.
Never reffed kick ball so I don't know those rules.
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Old Wed Dec 28, 2005, 08:05pm
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This happened to me last night. HS game. I had no idea what to do, so I did nothing. Tell me if there should've been a whistle.

Ball is loose on the floor in the backcourt. About 3 people around it, maybe 4. Anyway, A1 goes to the floor on his stomach and reaches out to secure the ball. In the process of wrapping up the ball, A1 also wraps his arms around B1's leg. A1 is holding the ball so tightly that B1 can't get his leg out. B1 pulls his legs and drags A1 and the ball along the floor. A1 then pushes the ball to A2 and play continues upcourt. This whole thing was about a second and a half, btw. It wasn't a "tug of war" with the kid and the leg. But there was clearly a point at which B1 tried to get free and couldn't.

Coach B yells travel (b/c A1 "slid"), but I'm not going there. Could this be a holding foul on A1? A1 was clearly playing the ball and not intentionally holding B1. A1 simply wanted to keep control of the ball with other defenders around. So I didn't think a foul was right. It's obviously not a held ball, although the idea is kind of funny to me.

Any thoughts? Should I have had a whistle? If so, for what? Thanks.
Fan-tastik!

You should send this to the 'Journal of Bizarre Incidental Contact'. Oh? This IS the 'Journal of Bizarre Incidental Contact'.

I agree with how you saw it. I see the 'dragging A1' as an emphatic way of saying 'leggo my leg'.

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