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Excerpts from the NCAA Rules on Fouls and Violations


“Fair is foul and foul is fair;
Hover through the fog and filthy air.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth


Hello, friends. How are you? Oh, I know how you are. You’re all, I’m sure, rightfully frustrated with the state of our Wildcats currently — and perhaps confused about some of the questionable calls and confusing fouls of late. That’s why I thought I’d go to the source today to see what the NCAA Rulebook has to say about fouls and penalties during game play. Now I’m not saying they’re outdated or confusing, but these are some Actual Excerpts from the NCAA Rulebook About Fouls for you to look at yourself. Make your own decisions. Hopefully you can glean something from it and, as always, have a great weekend.


Personal Fouls, Article 2.

A player shall not contact an opponent with his hand
Unless contact is only with the opponent’s hand while it is on the ball
And it is incidental to an attempt to play the ball.

Personal Fouls Article 13
A secondary defender as defined in Rule 4-35
cannot establish initial legal guarding position in the restricted area
for the purpose of drawing a player control foul/charge
when defending a player who is in control of the ball
or who has released the ball for a pass or try.

Guarding, Section 17

A secondary defender cannot establish initial legal guarding position
in the Restricted Area for the purposes of drawing a player control foul
or charge on a player who is in control of the ball.

Personal Fouls, Article 15

Though elbows be knownt to swing, and swing they will
Such contact outside of swinging, be it illegal, not incidental
Shall be known as foul.

Class B Technical Infractions, Article 17

Alack! What heinous sin to slap
As a farmer wouldst the hide of a fattened sow
The backboard — ‘tis most foul!
Go to sit with thy sour face!

Class B Technical Infractions, Article 20

To wave, to wave with skimble-shamble hands
A-front your foe’s perturbed eyes
Is foul! And such your team shall be chastened;
To wit: one unobstructed shot!

Administrative Technical Fouls, Article 8c

You! Atop your lofty seat! Halt!
At once expel your horn! The game is commenced!
And command thy Doctor Pepper to thy side
It shall not rest upon this court.
Two passes toward the basket for your rival!

Violations, Section 8

Ho there, dribbler! You violator! For you have ceased
And dribbled once more; stop at once.
This impudence shall overturn your possession.

Class A Unsporting Technical Infractions, Article 1b

My ears! Oh, my ears!
You shame my mother, she is but just and loving!
My eyes are wont to be God’s perfect vessels
They will need no favour from science!
I will not make lecherous intentions with myself!
To the locker room, you villain! Away!

Article written by C.M. Tomlin

All I want is a HI-C and a turkey sandwich. @CM_Tomlin

9 Comments for Excerpts from the NCAA Rules on Fouls and Violations

  1. jahanc2uky
    1:05 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Very funny, I must say. Thanks for adding humor to the foul calling that has been questionable, frustrating, and something Cal can do nothing about.

  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    1:43 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    These calls, which had been the tomb of his(the refs) virtue and of his(the refs) honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    2:30 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    The refs’ favorite pass time is to insert “unless player plays for Duke” at the end of each rule.

  4. catsarerunnin
    3:37 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Rules were changed to create more offense. It has worked. Most games are offensive to watch due to all of the fouls being called. Well done NCAA.

  5. 2thepoint
    3:43 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    They have increased points for every team UK plays so they have accomplished their goal.

    Question: Is it legal to post a video of every foul called and the uncalled and who the refs were?

  6. kjd
    4:26 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    The refs are not why we lost to Tenn. Our pathetic play doomed us.

  7. kjd
    4:59 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Hey bigboard, I never mentioned any other game. I was strictly talking about Tenn.
    JDub, pathetic play refers to our entire effort. You don’t lose a 21 point lead with good defensive effort. There was not enough bad calls to erase our lead.