Question about a self-pass (aka travelling) in streetball
Old 08-22-2011, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I'm pretty sure about this rule but I need some confirmation. I know obviously you can't throw the ball in the air and just catch it without it touching the backboard, rim, or another player. That's an easy travel call. However, I was playing streetball today and got in a heated argument when I was driving from the left side and air-balled a runner but caught it in the air from the other side and scored. The ball went over the rim so I would consider it a shot attempt (and it was a legit shot attempt and not a dishonest attempt to gain some type of advantage). We didn't count the basket and my team still won, but I still want to know: is that a legal play?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure I've seen this discussion before and I believe your basket was legal.... I think the only place that is ruled a travel is the NBA.
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I'm pretty sure I've seen this discussion before and I believe your basket was legal.... I think the only place that is ruled a travel is the NBA.
Actually, I heard that the NBA changed the rule on that just this last year. It also judgement-based though. For example, if I did the same move but made it clear that I was trying to gain an advantage by "shooting" it over the rim (but really passing it), then it would be called a travel. But if it was a legit shot attempt, then it's legal even in the NBA.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Its a self pass if you air ball it and get your own rebound without anyone touching it.
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Its a self pass if you air ball it and get your own rebound without anyone touching it.
But the question is, it is a self pass if the ball goes over the rim? When I say over the rim, I mean from the left side to right or vice-versa without touching anything.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hmm...I would think so lol..i seen it called a lot by players on the varsity basket ball players so i always assumed it was
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Actually, I heard that the NBA changed the rule on that just this last year. It also judgement-based though. For example, if I did the same move but made it clear that I was trying to gain an advantage by "shooting" it over the rim (but really passing it), then it would be called a travel. But if it was a legit shot attempt, then it's legal even in the NBA.
yep.

it has to be a shot attempt. its rally effin hard to fake it. some can, but very few.

Street ball kids have no idea how ridiculous they look trying to pull that off, really bad. So you get the big arguments.

Its a hard play to master, and a difficult one to call at the highest levels
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Wait why did they call it on you in a streetball game? If you use NBA rules, its a travel.
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Wait why did they call it on you in a streetball game? If you use NBA rules, its a travel.
I forgot to mention that I was playing this game for money. So yeah, we played NBA rules, I guess I shouldn't have used the term "streetball". But like I said in my post above, I heard it legal now in the NBA.

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Oh that's cool. If you play for $, I'd confirm the rules before playing.
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Guess it varies from people-to-people. If I were ref, I would rule that legal. But where I play, people would call self on that.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Travel aka "self in street ball terms. Simply put, if it's an air ball, regardless of where it goes up and lands, you cannot touch it.
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Travel aka "self in street ball terms. Simply put, if it's an air ball, regardless of where it goes up and lands, you cannot touch it.
That's not true. I asked another one of my buddies and he says he remembered watching a game where they discussed this very play and what I did is perfectly legal even in the NBA. The rule was enforced a couple years back.
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can't catch your own airball, period. It's gotta hit something, partial block, backboard, it's gotta hit something besides the air or net. I don't care what Lebron James may think. There's no crab dribble, and no catching your own shot. Try that in Oregon, see how far you get.
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can't catch your own airball, period. It's gotta hit something, partial block, backboard, it's gotta hit something besides the air or net. I don't care what Lebron James may think. There's no crab dribble, and no catching your own shot. Try that in Oregon, see how far you get.
I'm 100% sure this is allowed in NCAA.
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