Schools and teams have adapted some to the changes. Blocks and charges remain difficult to call and determine said Oskaloosa boys coach Zach Tremmel.
“The reason fouls are up is very simple, the IAHSAA has made it very clear that any type of hand check is going to be an automatic foul,” said Tremmel. This was made very clear to all coaches at the beginning of year so we have had to adjust our coaching style, because any aggressive defense with any type of hand checking will be a foul.
“As far as blocks and charges I this is the hardest call a ref has to make and it will probably never be a perfect science in making this call.”
Fans, coaches and players have finally had their voices heard, but still not everyone is happy about the outcomes. Basketball continues to evolve and as long as the game is played and humans officiate, there will be these types of issues. Call the game tighter and more fouls and free throws will be a part of the game. Loosen up the calls and more chances of injury may occur.
In beginning to write this column, I heard of a game when two teams from Texas played a game where more than 100 free throws were taken. The bottom line for teams may be to sharpen up on their free throw shooting. But that was part of an earlier column.
Postseason play begins this week. Take time to go out and support your favorite team, player or wrestler.
75 years ago 1939
Ralph Towne of Oskaloosa Schools scored two field goals to lead the teachers past the Ottumwa teachers, 19-17. Oskaloosa held Ottumwa scoreless in the first quarter then held off a fourth quarter rally for the win.
Oskaloosa defeated Newton 26-11 to keep pace in the boy’s basketball race. Jack Feree had eight points, and Gib Edwards added six.