Out of Bounds | Last Touched
Here, Cassio and Jug discuss when a defender touches the ball last:
Cassio: “It happened to me on a game. Player looks at me and say, “Yo ref, the guy just slap me on the hand”. What happened was, offense is dribbling up on the court, defense slaps his hands and the ball goes out of bounds and I called throw in for offense as touching his hands in contact with the ball I considered as touching the ball therefore the throw in for offense. What is the correct ruling for that?”
Jug: “If the ball is on the player’s hands and the hand gets smacked by the defender, who did the ball go out of? If you say that defense forced him to hit the ball out of bounds means that the last to touch was offense so if defense put offense player in disadvantage you want to come up with a foul instead of trying to explain that rule to offense, you come up with a foul on that play. Basketball is always occurrence by occurrence so gets what happens first, the smack on the hand is a foul.
Cassio: “You say that because you now would be putting offense in disadvantage by a contact created by defense.”
Jug: “The defense is gaining an advantage at doing that and you can’t let that happen.”
Cassio: “Does it apply to all of other different types of basketball? It does apply to FIBA where I come from but I would like to know in US Basketball.”
Jug: “It should apply to all levels. And you learn that as you go through the course, it is not a specific rule in the rule book that says if you hit the hand is a foul or if you hit the hands is not a foul because we study balance speed rhythm and quickness and being in progress and we do advantage/disadvantage in our play calling.”