SCREENS GALORE

It seems to me that more and more teams are setting more and more screens. It is becoming a real challenge just to see all the screens let alone adjudicate them correctly.

Because players set so many screens they often get sloppy and don’t always keep their actions legal. Their biggest transgression may be moving at the last second to “pick off” a defender.

Because defenders are faced with so many screens they often try to “fight their way through.”

Hold on to the fundamentals.
• Screeners must not be moving when contact occurs.
• The screeners feet should not be wider than his/her shoulders
• Time and distance apply when screening moving opponents.
• Off-ball screens are often more strategic than ball screens.
• Defenders may not “fight their way through” screens.
• In the pre-game talk about who sees what screen.
Diagram the clip below and talk about who should be looking where.


Here are some rules to review.

Screening: 4-40

ART. 2
To establish a legal screening position:
a. The screener may face any direction.
b. Time and distance are relevant.
c. The screener must be stationary, except when both the screener and opponent are moving in the same path and the same direction.
d. The screener must stay within his/her vertical plane with a stance approximately shoulder width apart.

ART. 5
When screening a moving opponent, the screener must allow the opponent time and distance to avoid contact by stopping or changing direction. The speed of the player to be screened will determine where the screener may take his/her stationary position. The position will vary and may be one to two normal steps or strides from the opponent.

ART. 7
A player who is screened within his/her visual field is expected to avoid contact by going around the screener. In cases of screens outside the visual field, the opponent may make inadvertent contact with the screener and if the opponent is running rapidly, the contact may be severe. Such a case is to be ruled as incidental contact provided the opponent stops or attempts to stop on contact and moves around the screen, and provided the screener is not displaced if he/she has the ball.

Count the screens in the video clip below. I count four, two happen at about the same time.

Are they all legal?

Determine to yourself who sees what screen.

ray lutz

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