Guest Blogger: End Flopping Now!

Todd S. Kelsch  @Atowntoby
Todd S. Kelsch

Augusta, KY – Flopping has long been considered, by hoops purists, as an act that compromises the integrity of the game. By definition, flopping is intentionally falling when there is little or no contact in order to draw a personal foul call on an opponent. In a press release from the NBA following the implementation of a punishment system for flopping in 2012, flopping is a physical reaction to contact that is unreasonable.

From the view of an average spectator, flopping is usually followed by hatred toward the offender. Louisville guard, Chris Jones, quickly became the most hated college player in the bluegrass after his epic flop against Kentucky. P.J. Hairston gave us a Ric Flair moment and the worst flop in the history of the NBA this season. Nothing good comes from flopping. Even success of fooling an official after a flop is trumped by the outrage in the court of public opinion via social media.

A big misconception from basketball junkies is that flopping is, or equal to, drawing offensive fouls. Not all offensive fouls are a result of flopping. Drawing offensive fouls, or taking charges, is a skill that many great players, even in our modern era, have succeeded utilizing.

In high school, taking charges is practiced more, and more of a skill in a less athletic competition. And taking the act completely out of the game is unnecessary, especially in a state where all schools, regardless of enrollment, compete for the same championship. Smaller schools cannot pull off unthinkable wins without the heroic effort on defense which often includes drawing offensive fouls all over the court.

Regulations at many levels have helped the game progress and move past one of the ugliest acts in the most beautiful game. There are two very important rules that have been made. The first, which I don’t see many valid arguments against, is assessing technical fouls to players who flop. Fooling an official should get more of a punishment than a hand-check. The second is a restricted area under the basket.

It is way overdue that KHSAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations implement a restricted area for three major reasons, injuries in plays near the basket, the block/charge call is the toughest call for officials to make, and lastly, secondary/help defenders should be asked to alter shots as opposed to creating more contact. The result of this adaptation would require more athletic plays to defend attacking players.

I’m a huge fan of history and tradition in all parts of life. Anti-flopping regulations protect the history and tradition of the game that I love. Fooling an official should never be rewarded. And who could argue against ensuring the safety of players near the basket? Agree with me. If you don’t, you’re wrong.

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