Ball handler’s “cylinder”

An extension of the forearm to initiate contact with a defender to gain separation is a classic and excessive example of a player extending beyond their “cylinder.”

This is frequently done when an offensive player is in control of the ball to gain more space between them and their defender. Doing so is an offensive foul.

The example here may seem subtle, but if the force generated by the forearm or elbow of the ball handler knocks the defender off balance or to the ground, it should be called as a foul.

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