This is an example of a defensive foul that would NOT be ruled a Clear Path to the Basket Foul. In order to have a Clear Path Foul, several criteria must be met. These criteria are: (1) The ball must originate in the backcourt, and (2) it must be above the tip of the circle in the backcourt. (3) There must be clear possession by the new offensive team, and (4) there can be no opponent ahead of the play who is, or can establish, a position between the player with the ball and the basket at the time the foul occurred. Lastly, (5) the foul itself must be committed from behind or from the side – not the front – of the offensive player. This next play would NOT be ruled a Clear Path Foul because, #34 in the white uniform, is ahead of player with the ball when the foul occurs. Please note however that had the ball been released on the pass prior to the foul occurring, then this WOULD have been ruled a Clear Path Foul.