Charging, Pass & Crash

This is an example of an offensive foul for charging. A defender is permitted to establish his legal guarding position in the path of a dribbler, thus “beating him to the spot.” To get into a legal position, the defender needs to establish himself in the path of the offensive player before contact is made. The defensive player on this play moves into a legal position prior to the start of the offensive player’s upward motion. Note that it does not matter whether the offensive player was attempting to shoot or pass prior to the illegal contact; since the contact was caused by the offensive player, and the defensive player was in a legal guarding position, an offensive foul is ruled on this pass-and-crash type play.