Lead officials must remain disciplined to not falling into the trap of ruling on post curls that go away from them.

Holding the whistle for the lead is sometimes difficult because, initially the play originates in the leads primary area of responsibility, with the lead having a great open look at space between the defender and the offensive post. Then the offensive post player initiates curling action that goes away from the lead and “opens” to the Center and/or the Trail.

The lead must learn to trust his/her partner(s) on these types of plays. If the lead “blows” on curling plays away, they may actually find themselves guessing.

As the saying goes, “curls away, stay away.”

Below are three different curl plays.

On the play below, the sequence starts on the low blocks with the lead in great position to rule on the action. Subsequently, the action curls away from the lead, and opens to the Center official, who has a great open “look.”
Note that the offensive post travels at least three times in this sequence.

In the action below the Lead blows on a high curl involving a fade away jumper on which the Center had an open look. This is probably an ill-advised whistle by the Lead. Note the Center adjusting his position early in anticipation of the curl coming toward him.

Finally, here is a curl play that opens to both the Center and the Trail.

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