Rules Information

I’ll use this page to post information regarding the NBA rules that the referees are selectively enforcing.


Official rules of the NBA:  There are also summaries of rule changes from season to season, rules history and the most misunderstood rules.  That last one might be one the officials should review on a regular basis.

NBA video rule book:  Pretty cool resource for explanations of different types of fouls.

Illustrated Hand Signals: Good resource to understand what the various hand signals that officials use.  It doesn’t, however, give illustrations of hand signals fans use to show their distaste with the referees.

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a. reader July 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

None of the 3 links at (official rules, video rules, illustrated signals) work. The page is not dated to provide an inkling of when it was considered useful. As of today, 07/10/11, the page is 100% useless for “Rules Information.”

DAMOND TILLMAN June 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm


Pat April 9, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I just downloaded the 2014 rulebook. I did a search on ‘carry’ and ‘palming’. I did not get a hit. If ‘carry’ and ‘palming’ are still rules, today it seems ever possession is a violation. I remember Jerry West commenting many years ago (something like) , if we did that in our time, we would get called every time. He said players had to keep their hands on the top of the ball.

So did the rules eliminate these two? It sure seems so.

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