The mere fact that contact occurs does not necessarily constitute a foul. Contact which
is incidental to an effort by a player to play an opponent, reach a loose ball, or perform normal
defensive or offensive movements, should not be considered illegal. If, however, a
player attempts to play an opponent from a position where he has no reasonable chance to
perform without making contact with his opponent, the responsibility is on the player in this
The hand is considered “part of the ball” when it is in contact with the ball. Therefore,
contact on that hand by a defender while it is in contact with the ball is not illegal.