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Basketball Rules Changes Address
Allowance of Head Coaches on Court


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                           Contact: Theresia Wynns
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 8, 2013) — Head coaches in high school basketball will be allowed to come onto the court in an effort to break up a fight or keep a situation from escalating. Previously, the head coach could only enter the court if beckoned by an official.

This revision to Rule 10-4-5 was one of five rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

While the head coach and his/her assistants must continue to ensure that players remain on the bench during a fight, the committee agreed that the presence of the head coach on the court could be instrumental in preventing the situation from escalating, and the coach also could assist game officials in controlling the situation.

“By removing the requirement of the head coach being beckoned onto the floor by the officials, it should result in a more expedient resolution of the situation and restoration of order,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials education. “The change also will allow the officials a greater opportunity to assess appropriate penalties by being able to observe the situation because of the increased assistance the head coach(es) will provide by their presence.”

In other changes, the rules committee approved the use of electronic devices during the game in certain instances. Rule 1-19 now will allow a coach to take advantage of electronic devices for use in coaching and gathering statistics.

Teams, however, cannot use electronic equipment for voice communication with players on the court, and the use of electronic audio and/or video devices are not allowed to review a decision of the contest officials.

In an effort to thwart the use of leg-compression sleeves for non-medical reasons, the committee added leg-compression sleeves to the requirements of arm-compression sleeves in Rule 3-5-3.

Leg-compression sleeves shall be white, black, beige or a single solid school color; shall be the same color for each team member; must meet the logo requirements in Rule 3-6; and must only be worn for medical reasons.

The final rules change approved by the committee for the 2013-14 season will permit a single, visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference on the team jersey, not to exceed 2¼ square inches with no dimension more than 2¼ inches. The manufacturer’s logo may be located no more than 5 inches below the shoulder seam on the front of the jersey, or 2 inches from the neckline on the back of the jersey, or in either side insert.

Wynns said this change will bring basketball in agreement with other NFHS sports rules and allow the use of a single manufacturer’s logo on the jersey of the playing uniform.

In addition to these rules changes, the committee approved a new defensive tip signal that will be added to the Basketball Officials Manual. This signal will be given by the official when the ball enters the backcourt as a result of contact with the defensive player.

Basketball is the second-most popular sport for girls and third-most popular for boys at the high school level, according to the 2011-12 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS, with 435,885 girls and 535,289 boys participating nationwide. The sport ranks first in school sponsorship of girls and boys teams with 17,768 schools sponsoring the sport for girls and 18,099 sponsoring the sport for boys.

2013-14 NFHS Rules Interpretations

Android App Available - NFHS Basketball Rules & Case Book

CORRECTION – 2011-13 NFHS Basketball Officials Manual
Please be advised that there is an error in the 2011-13 NFHS Basketball Officials Manual – page 13, 1.4.1.B – Delete phrase “or throw-in,” from the first sentence.

Pre-Game Protocol

Duties of Scorers & Timers

Uniform Purchasing Information - NFHS Specifications

Placement of Manufacturer's Logo on Jersey

Loss of Coaching Box Information

NFHS/NCAA Rules Differences

NFHS/NCAA Mechanics Differences

NFHS Basketball Resource Page

Printable Version - Please print and place in your rules book for reference.

1.  Coaching Box 
For varsity games only the head coach may be off the bench in front of his/her seat within the confines of the designated fourteen-foot coaches box to give instructions to his/her players and/or substitutes.
2.  Bench Conduct 
For all nonvarsity competition the following coaches bench conduct rule must be followed:  A direct technical foul will be assessed a coach for failure to maintain body contact with the bench at anytime while the clock is running or is stopped except to:
A.  Rise and stand in front of his/her seat to request a time-out or signal his/her players to request a time-out.
B.  Confer with personnel at the scorers’ table to request a 60-second time-out for a correctable error.
C.  Confer with personnel at the scorers’ table to request a 60-second time-out to prevent or rectify a timing or scoring mistake or an alternating possession mistake.
D.  Replace or remove a disqualified or injured player, or player directed to leave the game, within 20 seconds when a substitute is available from within the confines of his/her bench.
E.  Confer with bench personnel and players within the confines of the bench area during a charged time-out or the intermission between quarters and extra periods.
F.  Attend an injured player when beckoned onto the court by an official.
3. Mercy Rule
For varsity games only, a mercy rule will be used as follows:
A.  After the third quarter any time the point differential reaches 40 points, clock will run continuously unless a time out is called.
B.  Rule applies during the regular season and tournament series.
C.  If the differential drops below 40 points, clock still runs continuously   until the game is over.

STATE ASSOCIATION REGULATIONS
A. Pregame Warm-up Procedure and Player Introductions
    (1) There will be 20 minutes allowed for pregame warm-ups.
    (2) The warm-up procedure for all varsity games (regular season and  WIAA
tournament series) is as follows:
20:00 Warmup Begins - Officials enter court and go directly to positions to supervise pregame warm-up.
12:00 Officials conduct pregame meeting with team captains.
10:00 Officials proceed to scoretable and check scorebooks, brief scorer and timer, check game ball for NFHS authenticating mark, and check alternating-possession arrow.
1:30 Officials introduce themselves to coaching staff and inquire about legality of player equipment.  Remove jackets and prepare to begin game.
0:00 National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance followed by introduction of players.
    (3) Introduction of Players - All five starters of the visiting team shall be introduced first followed by the five starters for the home team. Players shall not seek out the opposing coach to shake his/her hand.
B.  The school of a player who breaks a backboard is responsible for replacing the board.
C.  Nonvarsity teams shall be allowed to wear old varsity uniforms, which are now unapproved, provided participant safety is not jeopardized.

The Spalding TF1000 Classic basketball will be the official tournament basketball for sectional and state tournament games in 2013-14.

PRIOR TO FIRST GAME

  • Make sure coaching box is properly marked on floor. Measure 14 feet from the baseline and place a line. Measure 28 feet from the baseline and place a second line. That gives you a 14 foot box.
  • If you have a design/logo in the center of your basketball court, make sure that you have the center restraining circle and center line properly marked as required by NFHS rules. See page 9 of the current NFHS Basketball Rules book for details.
  • Please review the timing guidelines along with the introduction format. Please share this information with your scoring table personnel and announcer.
  • You are not allowed to play a game in halves this season. Only the quarter format is allowed for the 2013-14 season.
  • Check the pressure of your rims. Many of you may have never had your rims pulled down and may not be "in proper condition". Check with the manufacturer to insure that your rims meet specifications -- pages 12-13 of the NFHS Basketball Rules book.

TIMING GUIDELINES

60 second time-out --- buzz warning horn with 15 seconds remaining
30 second time-out --- buzz warning horn with 15 seconds remaining
20 seconds to:

  1. replace a disqualified player (5 fouls) - buzz warning horn with 15 seconds remaining
  2. replace an injured player - buzz warning horn with 15 seconds remaining. Don't start clock until official indicates.
  3. replace a player directed to leave the game - buzz warning horn with 15 seconds remaining

VARSITY GAMES

  • 8 minute quarters
  • 1 minute interval after the first and third quarters and prior to and/or between any overtime periods
  • 10 minute halftime (unless otherwise arranged ... parent nights, etc.)
  • Overtime periods - 4 minutes in length

PRE-GAME PROTOCOL

  • 20:00: Warm-up Begins - officials enter court and go directly to positions to supervise warm-up.
  • 12:00: Officials conduct pregame meeting with team captains.
  • 10:00: Officials proceed to scoretable and check scorebooks, brief scorer and timer, check game ball for NFHS authenticating mark, and check alternating-possession arrow.
  • 1:30: Officials introduce themselves to coaching staff and inquire about legality of player equipment. Remove jackets and prepare to begin game.
  • 0:00: National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance followed by introduction of players.

To honor America and those defending our freedom, we ask those who are able, to stand, remove your hats and place your hand over your heart for the playing of the National Anthem.

PLAYER INTRODUCTIONS

All five starters of the visiting team shall be introduced first followed by the five starters for the home team. Players shall not seek out the opposing coach to shake his/her hand. Players should proceed to the free throw circle in front of their bench and not run to the center of the floor.

PINK EVENTS

We are required to follow NFHS uniform with regard to "pink events". Only pink socks, shoe laces, or shoes would be allowed. We have specific color requirements for wristbands and headbands. If you order uniforms, make sure you do not order pink as a color unless pink is very dark and can be used as your "dark uniform". White is required to be worn at home. Please proactive with your coach so that this doesn't become an issue if the team wishes to do a "pink event".

FEATHERS

Players are not allowed to wear feathers in their hair. This would be considered adornment and is not allowed by NFHS Basketball Rules.

5TH QUARTER WAIVERS

Tom Shafranski processes all 5th quarter waiver requests. Again this year, there is a form that has been created that you must submit to Tom to request the waiver. Written conference approval is part of the approval process. No blanket approvals will be accepted.

FROSH-ONLY TEAMS / GAME LIMITS

Remember, frosh-only teams are limited to 20 games. Double check all of your schedules to make sure you are in compliance with the allowed number of games.

REFRANKING.COM

We will be using RefRanking as the tool for coaches to rank officials. Please make sure you have entered all of your winter sport coaches emails into the RefRanking system prior to the start of the season. If you have not entered their email address, they cannot get into the system. I will continue to remind you and your coaches throughout the season to rank the officials.

5th-Quarter Waiver Request   Waiver available through Feb. 17 for boys; Feb. 24 for girls

Fifth-Quarter Waiver Information

A student who participates at multiple levels on the same day may not play in more than a total of four quarters on that day with overtime period(s) considered an extension of the fourth quarter.  The fourth-quarter rules does not apply in situations where a students plays two games at the same level (varsity or nonvarsity) on the same day.

In emergency situations, a fifth quarter waiver may be requested.  Written approval of the conference and the WIAA is required.  The fifth quarter waiver form (see link above) must be completed and submitted to the WIAA.  See form for more details.

(a) If a school schedules three levels of teams, e.g., freshmen, JV and varsity (or any combination of 3 teams) they may allow an individual player(s) to participate in a maximum of 5 quarters in one day if they have 23 or fewer players between three levels. 

    Note:  a schedule of basketball games for each Board approved level must be provided.  A minimum of five scheduled games is required.

(b) If a school schedules two levels of teams, e.g., JV and varsity ( or any combination of 2 teams) they may allow an individual player(s) to participate in a maximum of 5 quarters in one day if they have 15 or fewer players between the two levels.

     Note:  a schedule of basketball games for each Board approved level must be provided.  A minimum of five scheduled games is required.


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