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Eliminating the blocking call
« on: March 25, 2019, 10:34:44 AM »
There have been several national pundits who want to eliminate the the charging call in basketball. They generally argue that it ruins the flow of the game and that you would still have offensive fouls, if you interfered with a shooting motion or if an offensive player simply put his shoulder down and ploughed someone over. I think they miss the mark though, the call to eliminate should be the blocking call.

I hate it when an offense player drives along the side of the key and a defender sticks right with him and the minute that the offensive player shoots - it is almost automatically a foul on the defender. Despite the fact that the offensive player never established an advantage, never had a step on the defender. There needs to be a way to effectively defend, with contact, a player driving to the basket as long as it does not interfere with the shooting motion. 

The other thing is the establishing position part of the rule. Every block/charge call is a judgment call (i.e. feet do not have to be set, there is no such rule) but it is ALWAYS based solely on the defender and his positioning and timing. So if a defender can get in the way of an offensive player, and impede his path to the basket, he has, by physical definition established position - even if he is moving full speed towards the offensive player or to the spot where they will collide. Even if a defender was not at spot when the offensive player leaves his feet - if you can get into that players path..it should not be a foul.

The goal here is to put the onus on the offensive players (instead of the defenders) to establish a superior position with a first step, to eliminate the impact of free throws and teams that rely on them thereby lessoning the impact of officiating, and to force teams to shoot more and drive less.

   






 



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Re: Eliminating the blocking call
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 08:12:24 PM »
The blocking call is for player safety to keep guys from sliding under guys as they go up and taking out their legs. You clearly have never played any basketball at a meaningful level

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Re: Eliminating the blocking call
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2019, 10:36:58 AM »
The blocking call is for player safety to keep guys from sliding under guys as they go up and taking out their legs. You clearly have never played any basketball at a meaningful level

Why the insult?

Nowhere did I suggest that player safety should be jeopardized or that there could not be fouls called on defenders. My comments are about the catch all 'blocking' call and the fact that it relies too much on human judgment and effects the way the game is played too much. It is the same argument many people are making about charging, except I am suggesting that the onus be put on the offensive player to avoid contact rather than the defense player - but it achieves the same ends.

The game would move faster, be more about ball movement and movement without the ball, passing and shooting would be at a premium, the lane wild be less clogged and we would not have to watch 1 on 1 BB as much.


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Re: Eliminating the blocking call
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2019, 11:53:04 AM »
I went to the NAIA tournament last week for entertainment purposes.

The best part of their game was the "flow".  Refs allowed them to throw elbows, fight for position and hand-check.  Despite the drop in talent level from D-1 basketball, I actually enjoyed watching a game that moved quickly & was played with true intensity.

If NCAA refs could start swallowing their whistles and allowing the players to play like the "old days" (without compromising injury), I think the game would be even better.  I love college basketball in its current state...but I'm getting sick of all the flopping and Dook players "throwing their heads back" when an opponent is within a 1' radius of the ball.

 


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