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  • GHSA 2008 TRAINING DVD START @ 1:03 – 8:44 Chapter 2


  • 1. Bill Lewis MCBOA Vice President Legal Guarding Position & Block / Charge
  • 2.
    • 1. The defensive player MUST have both feet
    • on the court.
    • 2. The front of the defensive player’s torso
    • MUST be facing the offensive player.
    Legal Guarding Position Rule 4 Sect. 23 Art. 3
  • 3.
    • The defender can have one or both feet on the court OR be airborne .
    • Defender is NOT required to continue facing the offensive player.
    • Player can move any direction EXCEPT toward the offensive player.
    Legal Guarding Position - after LGP is established
  • 4.
    • Defender may raise hands within his/her vertical plane.
    • Guard may duck to absorb contact from offensive player.
    Legal Guarding Position - after LGP is established
  • 5.
    • Blocking is illegal personal contact that impedes the progress of an opponent with
    • OR without the ball .
    Blocking Rule 4 Sect. 7 Art. 1
  • 6.
    • Charging is illegal personal contact caused by pushing or moving into an opponent’s torso.
    • Player Control foul is called when a player with the ball creates the contact described above.
    Charging Rule 4 Sect. 7 Art. 2
  • 7.
    • Offensive players are required to stop OR change direction to avoid contact with a defensive player that has obtained legal guarding position.
    • Offensive player with the ball MUST get his/her head & shoulders past the defender prior to contact being made.
    Charging Rule 4 Sect. 7 Art. 2
  • 8.
    • While viewing the training DVD , ask yourself the following questions (‘08 GHSA DVD Ch.2 @ 1:00) :
    Game Examples
        • Did the defender establish legal guarding
        • position?
        • Was the foul a block? If so, why?
        • Was the foul a charge / player control foul? If
        • so, why?
  • 9. PowerPoint adapted from presentation by IAABO Executive Director Tom Lopes