Advantage/disadvantage is it helping or hindering
I was just reading a post and the clarification on a rule got back to the concept of advantage disadvantage and I got to thinking is this concept hepling or hurting the game. I have an examples...
A referee told me that a player can stay in the key as long as he wants if he is not gaining an advantage. If he gets the ball and shoots right away no violaton, if he chooses to pass then there is a 3 second violation. Although I dont understand this intrepretation I am lead to wonder how we got to the point of a confused long explanation for the following rule...
26.1.1 - A player shall not remain in the opponents' restricted area for more than three (3) consecutive seconds while his team is in control of a live ball in the frontcourt and the game clock is running.
Are referees, players and coaches using the advantage/disadvantage concept to death and avoiding the rules because of lack of understanding?
In another situation this week at Port Adelaide a shot was released the 24 sec. buzzer sounded the ball missed everything the defending team rebounded and ran the floor. I assumed there should have been a violation called but the referees cited advantage/disadvantage to let the game continue. I looked up the rule and the rule states as follows...
29.1.2 - If the ball hits the backboard (not the ring) or misses the ring, a violation has occurred unless the opponents have gained immediate and clear control of the ball, in which case the signal shall be disregarded and the game shall continue.
If the rule book cites a clear cut advantage/disadvantage rule then by all means enforce it. but if the adv/dis isn't in the rule book is it reasonable to expect no additional intrepretation is necessary.
Thanks for your comments