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Time to stop the flop

Each year, college basketball referees meet to discuss different ‘points of emphasis’ for the upcoming season.
I’ve got one for them: Do something about all of the flops that lead to charge calls. It has grown so far out of its original intent that players are flopping to the floor all over the place to try to get a call. It’s ridiculous.
If a player is truly out of control and barrels into a defender, then a charge should be called.
On the other hand, when a player jumps for a shot and some defender slides to the area where he needs to land and then falls at the slightest contact, it should be a blocking foul every time. Or, when a player tries to post-up and the defender hits the deck when barely bumped, the defender should be charged a foul every time.
What is the first thing you learn about good defense? Move your feet. Man-you-ball. Hands up. I don’t remember anything about just giving up and falling to the floor in hopes that the ref will bail you out.
Nothing is more frustrating than seeing a player go up for a jumpshot and just because someone is standing perfecting still waiting for him/her to land, they get their points taken off the board and are charged a foul, all because he/she was trying to play basketball.
Not only should the ‘flopper’ be charged with a foul, they should also be reprimanded for being a hazard to all of the other basketball players on the court. The players have enough to worry about without having to also account for bodies laying on the ground. The refs might as well roll logs through the paint if they let the flops continue. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen players pile up below the basket after someone has purposely fallen to the ground to try to draw a foul.
I like it when a ref makes no call, and just motions to the embarrassed player to get up and play basketball. However, I don’t think players will stop flopping unless the referees call a foul on them everytime. Obviously, the offensive player is at fault some of the time; that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the blantant flops that need to be taken out of basketball.
Many players have excelled with the flop over the years, including University of Louisville star B.J. Flynn. He had the refs fooled every time. Former Indiana University forward A.J. Moye spent more time on the floor at Assembly Hall than he did pounding his chest or screaming to the crowd after making a lay-up, which was after each lay-up he made. I’ve never seen someone get so excited over the smallest of accomplishments. He would get a rebound and you would think he just hit a buzzer-beater to win the game. Gary Book, a 2000 North Harrison graduate, could flop with the best of them. He even had the grunt/yell to go along with it. But the best of them all was Purdue University’s Brian Cardinal. He still has the world record for the most flops taken.
Many players have used the flop to their advantage, and coaches will teach them to draw a charge ‘ and they should. As long as the players get away with it, it’s a great ‘defensive’ move to stop a player that is clearly about to score on you. The blame should fall on those who let them get away with it ‘ the refs. I’m not one of those people who blame the refs for everything; they have a tough job with little reward.
But the flop has got to stop.

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