Girls Basketball - Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

Lane Players Can Release When Free Throw is Attempted in High School Basketball

Players in marked lane spaces will be able to move into the lane when the ball is released by the free-throw shooter beginning with the 2014-15 high school basketball season. Previously, players could not release until the ball touched the ring or backboard or until the free throw ended.

 
This change in Rule 9-1-4 was one of four major rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 14-16 meeting in Indianapolis. All recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
 
The committee noted that the current rule of players in marked lane spaces not releasing until the ball touches the ring or backboard creates two obstacles for officials: 1) attempting to watch the ball strike the ring or backboard while simultaneously attempting to observe if any players/free thrower violate the lane-line restrictions, and 2) insufficient time for the perimeter official(s) to obtain optimum angles on the players involved in rebounding a missed try. 
 
“In recent years, we have moved players along the lane spaces up and removed excess players along the lane lines, so the rationale for changing this rule to its current status is no longer an issue,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials education and staff liaison to the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee. 
 
In an effort to eliminate excessive contact on ball-handlers and dribblers outside of the lane area, the committee added Article 12 to Rule 10-6 on contact. As a result, the following acts will constitute a foul when committed against a ball-handler/dribbler: 1) placing two hands on the player, 2) placing an extended arm bar on the player, 3) placing and keeping a hand on the player and 4) contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands. 
 
The rules committee also expanded the definition of an intentional foul in Rule 4-19-3d, which now states that an intentional foul is “excessive contact with an opponent while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor.”
 
Wynns said that this revision will address the issue of contact with the elbow and should reduce the subjectivity in making rulings on intentional fouls. 
 
In the final rules change, the committee expanded Rule 3-5-3 by identifying anything worn on the arm and/or leg as a sleeve, except a knee brace. These items, including tights, will now be permitted but must meet the color and logo restrictions in Rule 3-5-3. Previously, this rule permitted only arm sleeves and leg-compression sleeves. 
 
Basketball is the second-most popular sport for girls and third-most popular for boys at the high school level, according to the 2012-13 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS, with 433,120 girls and 538,676 boys participating nationwide. The sport ranks first in school sponsorship of girls and boys teams with 17,493 schools sponsoring the sport for girls and 17,856 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.

Mercy Rule
For varsity games only, a mercy rule will be used as follows:
1.  After the third quarter any time the point differential reaches 40 points, clock will run continuously unless a time out is called.
2.  Rule applies during the regular season and tournament series.
3.  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 2014-15.

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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