Charging, RA play, Secondary defender establishes legal position
This is an example of an offensive foul for charging, with a defender legally positioned outside the Restricted Area. The Restricted Area is the area within the arched line on the court below the rim. It applies to secondary defenders and was established to ensure offensive players have room to drive to the basket, without allowing defensive players an unfair advantage in drawing an offensive foul. To be considered legal and to draw an offensive foul, a secondary defensive player must establish legal position prior to the offensive player starting his upward motion, and the defender must have both feet established completely outside the Restricted Area line. On this play, the replay clearly shows that the secondary defender did establish legal position prior to the offensive player starting his upward motion, and the defender’s feet are completely outside the Restricted Area.