With the start of the “Betsafe-LKL” championship approaching, the LKL Referees Department organized a pre-season seminar for club coaches, where the most challenging game situations were discussed and video clips from the previous “Betsafe-LKL” season were analyzed.
“We strive for a uniform interpretation of the rules and better communication on the field, so such meetings are very necessary. It is a repetition of knowledge, a discussion of new rules and a time for discussions”, said Algimantas Pavilonis, Director of Legal Affairs of the LKL.
Lithuanian Basketball League refereeing expert Kęsturis Pilipauskas introduced the participants to the latest changes to the FIBA Official Basketball Rules:
Starting this season, a new type of personal foul will be introduced – the “offside foul”.
It will be applied when the defending team commits a foul during the last two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime and the outbound player has not yet released the ball. In this case, instead of the previous unsportsmanlike foul, a free throw will now be awarded and the ball will remain in the possession of the attacking team.
Refereeing expert Romualdas Brazauskas told the teams about future important aspects of refereeing in the new Euroleague season.
During the seminar, the most problematic game situations (blocking, cutting, acting, unsportsmanlike fouls, etc.) were discussed with the coaches, video clips of the previous “Betsafe-LKL” season were analyzed.
The coaches of the teams paid attention and wanted a stricter but equal approach to the colleagues who do not shy away from leading the team during the game by going outside the bench area.
The opening match of the anniversary Betsafe-LKL season will take place and a new story will begin on September 24. Kėdainiai, where the local “Nevėžis-Optibet” and the “Wolves” team, making their debut in the league, will meet.