Be the Referee: Sliding in Basketball
Be the Referee: Sliding in Basketball
Officials
Posted Thursday, January 3, 2019

This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice clears up misunderstandings of the rule regarding sliding in basketball. 

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Below is this week's segment – Sliding in Basketball - Listen

Today in our series about misunderstood high school sports rules, we’re going to take up the topic of sliding. In baseball and softball, a runner will slide to get to a base; in soccer, a slide can separate an offensive player from the ball; and in football, a player slides to give himself up when running the ball. Everyone applauds a good play.

But in basketball, a slide usually gets everyone in the stands and the sidelines up - screaming for a traveling call. And they’re wrong. A player sliding on the floor after gaining control of the ball is not called for traveling unless the player rolls over or attempts to get up without dribbling. A player on his or her stomach may pass, shoot, start a dribble or request a time out. If on his or her back, a player can also sit up without violating the rules.

Past editions

December 27: Stalling in Wrestling - Listen
December 20: Basketball: You Make the Call - Listen
December 13: Basketball Uniform Safety - Listen
December 6: Coaching Box Expansion - Listen
November 29: Video Review, Part 2 - Listen
November 22: Video Review, Part 1 - Listen
November 15: You Make the Call - Sleeper Play - Listen
November 8: 7-Person Football Crews - Listen
November 1: Overtime Differences - Listen
October 25: Trickery & Communication - Listen
October 18: Punts & Missed Field Goals - Listen
October 11: What Officials Don't Do - Listen
October 4: Always 1st-and-Goal - Listen
September 27: Unique Kickoff Option - Listen
September 20: Uncatchable Pass - Listen
September 13: Soccer Rules Change - Listen
September 6: You Make the Call: Face Guarding - Listen
August 30: 40-Second Play Clock - Listen
August 23: Football Rules Changes - Listen

Comments

# ron
Friday, January 4, 2019 8:15 AM
theres several things in wrestling that need to be shown and you really need to add videos not just audio to make this worth your effort out of bounds is the worse rule in wrestling there is not 1 ref that has the same idea as the next reversals how far before you get a point is different by every ref unsportsmanship throwing the head gear taking head gear off before off the mat this has became the most relaxed rule
# Marcus Urka
Friday, January 4, 2019 6:55 PM
“A player sliding on the floor after gaining control of the ball is not called for traveling unless the player rolls over or attempts to get up without dribbling. A player on his or her stomach may pass, shoot, start a dribble or request a time out.”

This makes it sound like a player can begin dribbling while laying down, and then continue their dribble and eventually stand up. Is that correct? I have never seen that occur without a travel being called.
# geoff@mhsaa.com
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 1:33 PM
It is correct -- a player can begin dribbling while laying on the floor and continue dribbling after standing up without being called for traveling.

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