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Marginal Vs Illegal Contact in Basketball

Marginal Vs Illegal Contact in Basketball:
Basketball Officiating Term & Concept: Intent does not determine if contact is legal or illegal. Severity of the contact and impact on the basketball  (external link) play will determine if it is a foul.

Marginal is contact that does not reroute, impede or dislodge the movement of a player. A foul is contact that does reroute, impede or dislodge (RID) an opponent.


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