Weekly Announcements


November 17, 2014 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 19. DO NOT wait until the last day or days to complete the meeting. Follow the directions sent in the test packet carefully. The meeting seems to work best on mobile devices such as a tablet, I-pad or Smart-phone.

All head coaches (HS/MS) and KSHSAA registered officials are required to take the 2014-15 NFHS Basketball Rules exam. Answers are to be submitted on-line per instructions accompanying the exam and are due NO LATER THAN MONDAY, November 24. The 100 question NFHS test was mailed to all school Athletic Directors on September 16, 2014. 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. After the school season is over, players wanting to participate on a non-school team are restricted to no more than 3 from the same school squad during the previous season.
Middle school/Junior High players are limited to 16 games and may play in no more than 6 quarters a night.

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.

2014-2015 RULE CHANGES
The KSHSAA expects coaches teach players the rules and abide by them. There are several major rule changes this year.
Rule 3-5-3 – Arm sleeves, knees sleeves, lower leg sleeves and tights are permissible:
a. Anything worn on the arm and/or leg is a sleeve, except a knee brace, and shall meet color restrictions.
b. 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.
c. All sleeves/tights must be the same solid color.
d. All sleeves/tights must meet the logo requirements in Rule 3-6.
NOTE: In general, a brace is defined as anything that contains hinges and/or straps or an opening over the knee cap.

Rule 4-19-3d – Intentional fouls include but are not limited to: Excessive contact with an opponent while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor.

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.

Rule 10-6-12 – The following acts constitute a foul when committed against a ball handler/dribbler:
a. Placing two hands on a player.
b. Placing an extended arm bar on the player.
c. Placing and keeping a hand on the player.
d. Contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.
While these statements are now in the rule book the expectation has always been that these are fouls and should be called.

Rule Book Corrections: Page 2, 2014-15 NFHS Basketball Rules Changes, 9-1-4g should read 9-1-3g.
Page 55, Rule 9-1-4, Delete.
Case Book Corrections:
Pages 25-26, 3.5.4 SITUATION, RULING
Correction: illegal equipment in (a); the blue headbands and wristbands do not match the predominant color of the uniform (white).
Page 29, 4.14.1D SITUATION, RULING
Correction: Officials notify the Team A coach of the disqualification and allow a substitute for A1. The points made by A1 will stand. B3 is allowed to shoot the free throws for the technical foul and Team B is given the ball at half court to continue the game. (4-14-2; 2-11-5 Note)
Page 70, 9.1 COMMENT: Sentence 2 should read: Once a free throw begins no player may enter or leave a marked lane space or break with either foot the vertical plane of a free throw lane line or lane space boundary prior to the release of the ball by the free thrower. Delete last sentence.

Following a time-out by Team B, A1 is given the ball for the first of two free throws even though Team B is still huddling at the bench and the first marked spaces on each side of the lane are not occupied. In this case, the lead official uses the resumption-of-play procedure even though the first spaces are not occupied, whereas in other cases, the spaces would have to be properly occupied before the official would proceed with the free throw administration. A1’s first attempt is successful. The lead official then bounces the ball to A1 for the second attempt. Team B is still at the sideline. The official again gives the signal which indicates a violation by Team B is the attempt is missed. A1 misses the second free-throw attempt.

RULING: The violation will result in A1 being given a substitute attempt. Team B will be assessed a technical foul if they delay further by not occupying the first marked spaces on each side of the lane before the ball becomes live for the substitute throw. (4-38; 8-1-2; 10-1-5b)

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