The Official Rules of Basketball


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Maintaining an expert knowledge of the rules is essential to being a good youth basketball coach. In this 28 part coaching series, veteran basketball official Sacco teaches you everything your young players need to play the game safe and by the book.

1  Start-Stop Double Dribble0:00:48
2  Two-Hand Double Dribble0:00:38
3  Palming Violation0:00:31
4  Pivot Foot Violation0:00:34
5  Backcourt Pass Violation0:00:43
6  Backcourt Violation0:00:45
7  Throw-in Violation0:00:44
8  Five-Second Rule on Throw-ins0:00:58
9  Inbounds Pass Violation0:01:06
10  Five-Second Violation0:01:09
11  Three-Second Violation0:02:28
12  Offensive Foul Shot Violation0:00:49
13  Swinging Elbows Violation0:00:58
14  Charging Foul0:00:36
15  Illegal Screen0:01:03
16  Time-Out Hand Signals0:00:56
17  Official’s Hand Signals0:01:05
18  Hand Contact Fouls0:01:00
19  Block/Charge Call0:02:45
20  Blocking Foul0:01:04
21  Over-the-Back Foul0:00:31
22  Pushing Foul0:00:35
23  Pushing Back Foul0:00:27
24  Off-the-Ball Foul0:00:38
25  Fouling the Screener0:00:28
26  Foul Shooter Violation0:01:04
27  Defensive Foul Shot Violation0:00:53
28  Defensive Throw-in Violation0:00:54

BillSaccoBill SaccoNCAA Basketball OfficialFollow

Bill Sacco’s life is ruled by the rules. He is a veteran basketball official in the New York area and has officiated NCAA Division I women’s basketball since 1998.

He has been the rules interpreter for the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board No. 52. In 2007, the IAABO presented Sacco with its President’s Award for contributions to basketball.