Game after game you are faced with tough calls. There are a few types that basketball officials universally say are among the toughest to get right consistently – blocks & charges and judging contact and displacement.

These are often viewed as judgment calls, things that barely teeter on a fine line one way or the other.

But there are many things you can look at, recognize and anticipate that can help you become faster and more accurate when making these common, yet challenging calls.

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