Weekly Announcements


TODAY, November 14, 2016 is the first day of high school practices. Once a student begins practicing with the school team they may no longer play or practice with a non-school team. Players who are still practicing with the football team may not begin basketball practice until their season is completed. (KSHSAA Rule 33-2-1)

The on-line meeting option for coaches and officials will be available until November 16. It goes off at 11:00 PM on November 16 DO NOT wait until the last day or days to complete the meeting. Follow the directions sent in the test packet carefully.

All head coaches (HS/MS) and KSHSAA registered officials are required to take the 2016-17 NFHS Basketball Rules exam. Answers are to be submitted on-line per instructions accompanying the exam and are due NO LATER THAN MONDAY, November 21. The 100 question NFHS test was mailed to all school Athletic Directors on September 15, 2016. Officials receive the test in their packet with the rule books. Each coach/official will answer 50 of the 100 questions.

With some schools having split seasons for basketball there are frequently questions about when a player becomes a member of the school team. They become a member of the team when they begin practicing with the team. When school practices start players may no longer play or practice on a non-school team. Middle school/Junior High players are limited to 16 games and may play in no more than 6 quarters a night.

In April the KSHSAA Board of Directors voted to provide an exception for 7th and 8th grade players in regards to non-school team participation outside the season of sport. From October 23, 2016 through February 25, 2017 there are no restrictions on the number of players that may participate together on a non-school team. While a member of the school team a player may not play or practice with a non-school team. The school coach (head or assistant) may not coach player from their school team during the school year, outside the season of sport. The school team may not extend their season be continuing to play as the school team after the school season is complete. The rule change was made to provide equity between girls and boys participating on non-school teams outside the season of sport.

Beginning February 26, 2017 the restrictions of no more than three players from the same non-school team playing or practicing go back into place. These regulations remain in effect until the Saturday before Memorial Day.

Coaches and officials are reminded that players with special equipment (artificial limb. hearing transmitter, etc.) must have a letter of permission from the KSHSAA. The coach will be responsible to have this letter with them and will be asked to show it to officials at each contest. Basketball uniform/equipment rules do not permit the wearing of soft headgear.

Student-athletes participating in sports in which soft or padded headgear is illegal by NFHS rules, are required to obtain a KSHSAA letter of exception to be allowed to wear these products (this equipment is legal in soccer per NFHS rule). In order for the KSHSAA to grant an exception to allow a student to wear a soft headgear device, a signed statement from the student’s physician must be submitted to the Association stating the reason the soft headgear is necessary. If the soft headgear is being prescribed for concussion prevention or safety reasons, the statement must indicate the student-athlete is cleared for participation with or without the soft headgear. Requests for a KSHSAA letter of exception for soft headgear for concussion preventive purposes will not be granted without this language in the physician’s note.

There is no medical or scientific evidence that soft or padded headgear products are effective at preventing concussions. These products do not address the proposed mechanism of concussion – acceleration, deceleration, and rotational forces acting on the brain. Both the NFHS and KSHSAA sports medicine advisory committees support this position.

The KSHSAA and its sports medicine advisory committee continue to monitor current concussion research and will continually work to provide the most up-to-date information to its member schools.

2016-2017 RULE CHANGES
Rule 1-20 – Non-playing personnel (cheerleaders, dance teams, media) shall remain outside of the playing area during a 30 second or less time-out during the game. Cheerleaders, dance teams and media shall stand outside the free throw lane lines extended toward the sidelines throughout the game.

Rule 2-12-5 – The time to replace a disqualified or injured player has been reduced to 15 seconds.

Rule 3-5-3 – Arm sleeves, knees sleeves, lower leg sleeves, compression shorts and tights are permissible:

  1. Anything worn on the arm and/or leg is a sleeve, except a knee brace, and shall meet color restrictions.
  2. The sleeves/tights shall be black, white, beige or the predominant color of the uniform and the same color sleeves/tights shall be worn by teammates.
  3. All sleeves/tights must be the same solid color.
  4. All sleeves/tights must meet the logo requirements in Rule 3-6.
  5. If worn – all leg sleeves, arm sleeves, tights, headbands and wristbands must be the same color for all players choosing to wear them.
  6. Colors permitted – black, white, beige or the predominant color of the uniform.

NOTE: A brace is defined as anything worn for a medical purpose to increase stability. In general, it is made of neoprene or elastic knit with an insert embedded to support the joint. It may or may not have a hinge and/or straps or an opening over the knee cap.

Headbands are anything that goes around the head. Knots and tails are not permitted on headbands.

Rule 9-1-3g – A player occupying a marked lane space…may enter the lane on the release of the ball by the free-throw shooter. This does not permit the free throw shooter or the players outside the arch to leave on the release. Only the 6 players in the lane spaces may leave on the release. Players breaking the plane of the free throw line or semi-circle prior to the ball hitting the rim or backboard shall be called for a lane line violation.

Rule 9-1-3h – Players occupying marked free-throw land line spaces may not enter the free-throw semicircle until the ball touches the ring or until the free throw ends.

A1 jumps and releases a try for goal apparently from behind the three point line. The try is successful. The covering official does not indicate a three point try and does not signal three points after the goal. The team A coach rushes to the table and request a 60 second time out to discuss a correctable error, it is determined neither official clearly observed A1’s location before he/she jumped to try.

RULING: No change can be made and two points are properly scored. The 60 second time out remains charged to Team A. (5-8-4)

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