I hear this phrase almost every game that I officiate at all levels. Today while I was officiating a youth tournament I decided that I would help parents, grandparents and maybe some coaches understand the rules according to the Minnesota State High School League. These posts are intended to help, inform, and educate fans so they can be more knowledgable about the rules of basketball.
The topic for this article is, yes you guessed it, “over the back.” Just to make this as plain and simple as I can, there is no such phrase or call according to the Minnesota State High School League rule book. So what does this mean? It means no official should ever make a call and say, “over the back.” There is no foul in basketball for over the back.
As an official for the MSHSL I receive a copy of the updated rule book. Rebounding is a point of emphasis this year. Here are the examples of illegal rebounding as quoted from the Basketball Rule Book.
1. Displacing, charging, or pushing an opponent.
2. Extending the arms or elbows to impede the movement of an opponent.
3. Using the hips or knees to hinder or impede an opponent.
4. Violation of the principle of verticality.
5. Contact between players in free-throw lane spaces prior to the ball being released by the free thrower.
So, please pass this on to all your basketball fans and let’s spread the word to get rid basketball games of the phrase, “Over the Back.” Let’s make it our mission to rid the yelling of “over the back” by fans across the state of Minnesota.