GUIDELINES FOR POST PLAY
1. Post play should be physical but not rough. Officials are often accused of losing control if the post area becomes too physical.
2. Each player has a right to a position on the floor. Illegal contact in the post may be the responsibility of the offence just as much as the defence.
3. Incidental body contact is encouraged and permissible.
4. Do not allow holding or pushing off with the hand(s), elbow or extended arm.
5. Watch for a defender thrusting his leg into a post player.
6. No arm locking is allowed. Be aware of continual "swim stroke"action (one arm over the other).
7. A key to adjudicating post play is that if a player has been displaced from his position by excessive contact, it is a foul.
8. Use preventative techiques (talking and warning players) to "cleanup" the post play. If this does not succeed call a foul.
9. When unsure of who is responsible for rough post play, strongly consider calling a double foul.
10. Most rough post play situations occur:
a) When the offensive player is allowed to physically force the opponent from a desired spot on court.
b) When the offensive player has the ball and the defender is allowed to put hands on the back, extended forearms on the back, or knee and leg into the buttocks.
c) The offensive player resists this contact by pushing back and using hands and arms to break free.
d) When the offensive player creates a target to receive a pass, but then uses the swim stroke to push the defenders arms down or pin the defender with an elbow or extended arm.
e) When the defensive player from a legal position, then uses elbows, extended arms or forearms to pin and dislodge the offensive player.