The ball goes out in the corner of the court and the dilemma arises as to where and how the ball should be inbounded. Too many times we see the official place the inbounding player at the corner of the court and then have them try to inbound the ball. More often than not the play develops into a turnover for the other team. Why? Not only do they have a defender in front of them, but the end lines and side lines unfairly become defenders by severely limiting the inbounder’s ability to get a pass to an open teammate.
"NOT THE BEST" MECHANICS
Place the inbounder at the exact corner location where the ball went out of play. This also will draw complaints from coaches that watch their team become disadvantaged by the inconsiderate or unknowing official. If you do this and they complain, then own it... You blew it with poorly thought out inbounding mechanics. Please consider the following...
The start of a high school basketball game must be done right. If you get that wrong, then everything can go downhill quickly. Unfortunately, many bad habits and incorrect tip-off violation calls are made because new officials just follow and learn from their senior partners and end up doing what they have seen done time and time again. Getting back to the high school rulebook helps us refocus on the allowed movements by the nonjumpers at the start of the game.
COMMONLY HEARD PHRASES - Listen carefully to the officials at the next game you attend. Too often we hear... "Don't move" or "Hold your spots" just before the Referee tosses up the ball.