4.44 SITUATION A: A1 attempts to catch the ball while running
rapidly. A1 muffs the ball, but succeeds in securing it before it strikes
the floor. A1 then begins a dribble, taking several steps between
the time the ball was first touched until it was caught. RULING:
There has been no violation provided A1, after catching the ball,
released the ball to start the dribble before the pivot foot was lifted from
the floor. (4-15).
4.44 SITUATION B: A1 attempts a try after ending the dribble.
The try does not touch the backboard, the rim or any other player. A1 runs
and is able to catch the ball before it strikes the
floor. Is this traveling? RULING: No. When A1 recovered his/her own
try, A1 could either dribble, pass or try again. There was no team control
after the ball was released
on a try. (4-12; 4-41).
4.44.2 SITUATION A: Dribbler A1 catches the ball with the right foot
touching the floor and then jumps off that foot and alights on both feet
simultaneously: (a) with feet parallel; or (b) with one foot in advance.
RULING: The position of the feet has no significance, but they must come
to the floor simultaneously. In both (a) and (b), it is a violation if
A1 pivots on either foot.
4.44.2 SITUATION B: Airborne A1 and A2 jointly grab the rebound and
each alights simultaneously on both feet. A1 and A2 each move one foot in
attempting to wrestle the ball from each other before realizing they are
teammates. A1 lets go and A2 dribbles away. RULING: Legal. There has been
no violation as neither A1 or A2 moved their pivot foot while they
were in joint control.
4.44.3 SITUATION A: A1 jumps to try for goal. B1 also jumps and:
(a) slaps the ball out of A1’s hands; (b) touches the ball but does not prevent
A1 from releasing the ball; (c) touches the ball and A1 returns to the floor
holding the ball; or (d) touches the ball and A1 drops it to the floor
and touches it first after it bounces . RULING: In (a) and (b), the
ball remains live. In (c), a traveling violation. In (d), a violation
for starting a dribble with the pivot foot off the floor. Since the touching
did not prevent the pass or try in (b), (c) and (d), the ball remains live
and subsequent action is covered by rules which apply to the situation.
4.44.3 SITUATION B: A1 receives the ball with both feet off the
floor and he/she lands simultaneously on both feet without establishing a pivot
foot. A1 then jumps off both feet in an attempt to try for goal, but realizing
the shot may be blocked, A1 drops the ball to the floor and dribbles.
RULING: A1 has traveled as one foot must be considered to be the pivot
and must be on the floor when the ball is released to start a dribble. The fact
that no pivot foot had been established does not alter this ruling. Page 37
2009-10 NFHS Basketball Case Rule 5.
4.44.3 SITUATION C: A1 receives a pass and establishes the right foot
as the pivot. While faking a pass or try, A1 lifts the pivot foot and stands on
the left foot alone while undecided as to what to do. Has A1 traveled? RULING:
No. Traveling would occur only if A1 begins a dribble or returns the pivot
foot to the floor. While in this position A1 may pass, try for goal or call a
4.44.3 SITUATION D: (a) A1 tosses the ball from one hand to the other
while keeping his/her pivot foot in contact with the floor; or (b) A1 throws the
ball over the head of B1 and then takes several steps before catching it. RULING:
Legal in (a), but a traveling violation in (b). In (b), since the ball did not
touch the floor, the tossing and subsequent catch is illegal. (9-4).
4.44.5 SITUATION A: Is it traveling if A1 falls to the floor: (a) while
holding the ball; or (b) after being airborne to catch a pass or control a rebound?
RULING: Yes in both (a) and (b).
4.44.5 SITUATION B: A1 dives for a loose ball and slides after gaining
control. A1 is in a position either on his/her back or stomach. What can A1 do
without violating? RULING: A1 may pass, shoot, start a dribble or
call a time-out. Once A1 has the ball and is no longer sliding, he/she may not
roll over. If flat on his/her back, A1 may sit up without violating. Any attempt
to get to the feet is traveling unless A1 is dribbling. It is also traveling if A1
puts the ball on the floor, then rises and is first to touch the ball. (4-44-5b).
4.44.5 SITUATION C: A1 is dribbling when he/she: (a) drops to a position
with a knee on the floor and then ends the dribble; or (b) drops one knee to the
floor and then stands again while continuing the dribble. RULING: The
action in both (a) and (b) is legal. However, if A1 touches a knee to the
floor while holding the ball, it would be traveling as A1 has touched the floor
with something other than a hand or foot.
4.44.5 SITUATION D: A1 secures possession of the ball with one knee in
contact with the floor. May A1 assume a standing position without committing a
traveling violation? RULING: It depends on what A1 does. If A1 attempts to
stand up while holding the ball, a traveling violation occurs. However, if A1
starts a dribble and then rises, no violation has occurred. Also, A1 could pass,
try for goal or call a time-out from that position.