A few thoughts. Firstly, there are no rule changes. It was decided this summer that the stakeholders in Canada; CB, CABO, the provincial bodies and the game itself might benefit from having points of emphasis. The NCAA has been doing this for years. They are points to emphasize; saying that as officials we are not doing a good job in certain areas.
Secondly, Coach DJR you are bang on when you say that inconclusive travel calls that were ignored in the last few years are probably going to be called more this year. Some will say nothing is inconclusive, either it is or it is not a travel. But I watch alot of games on tape and at times it is virtually impossible to determine if the ball was released before the pivot foot was lifted. Or to see which foot is on the floor when the dribller picks up the ball. I personally do not like calling a travel unless I am a 100% certain that the player travelled. With these points of emphasis, some officials will naturally be calling travels that are inconclusive or plays that are awkward. Experience tells us that travel calls will decrease over the course of the season. Hopefully the footwork will improve and also officials will gradually be more lenient.
As for cutters and post play, the key is to use advantage/disadvantage. Two big post players battling hard is nice to see. But when dispacement is involved such as a defender displacing his opponent further from the basket, a foul has been committed. Bumping cutters is part of the game, but illegal bumping is when too much force is used or when illegally blocking the cutter.
I've highlighted below part of the document that was sent to officials, it's emphasizing rules that are already in place.
(a) dribbler's illegal movement of the pivot foot before ball leaves the dribbler’s hands;
• (b) changing the pivot foot to set up for a shot especially on long range shot attempts;
• (c) illegal pivot foot movement by post players such as on “spin moves” or “changing pivot foot after the
• (d) players who receive the ball on the run in transition who often fail to release the ball before lifting the
pivot foot when starting a dribble.
Three areas of focus have been identified for this season. They are
• (a) illegal bumping of a “cutter”;
• (b) excess contact in the post; and
• (c) illegal contact on dribblers that force dribblers off their intended path.