Player Altercation

Since the 2007-08 season, referees have reviewed all Player Altercations, which for replay purposes means any situation where:

  • Two or more players are engaged in a fight or a hostile physical interaction that is not part of normal basketball play and that does not immediately resolve by itself or with the intervention of game officials or players, or
  • A player is ejected from the game for committing a hostile act against another player, for example, when a player intentionally or recklessly harms or attempts to harm another player with a punch, elbow, kick or blow to the head.

This is an automatic trigger and referees are required to conduct the review regardless of score or time remaining.

During the review, referees use video to determine only the identity and level of involvement of all players engaged in the altercation, and the appropriate penalty to be assessed on each such player.