Illegal Forearm Contact below Free Throw Line Extended

This is an example of a defensive foul, with the defender using an illegal forearm below the free throw line extended. The defender here makes contact with his forearm to the front of the driving offensive player. This contact is an automatic foul, whether or not it disrupts the offensive player’s speed, quickness, balance or rhythm. Note that outside the Lower Defensive Box and below the free throw line extended, forearm contact by an on ball defender is only permitted when it is made to the back or side of an offensive player with the ball.