Weekly Announcements


November 16, 2015 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 online meeting option for coaches will be available until November 18. 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 2015-16 NFHS Basketball Rules exam. Answers are to be submitted on-line per instructions accompanying the exam and are due NO LATER THAN MONDAY, November 23. The 100 question NFHS test was mailed to all school Athletic Directors on September 15, 2015. 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 25, 2015 through February 27, 2016 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 may not coach their potential players 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 28, 2016 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.

2015-2016 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:

  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: In general, a brace is defined as anything that contains hinges 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 10-6-12 – The following acts constitute a foul when committed against a ball handler/dribbler. The definition of a ball handler also includes a post player after they have received the ball.

  1. Placing two hands on a player.
  2. Placing an extended arm bar on the player.
  3. Placing and keeping a hand on the player.
  4. 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.

A4 has the ball out of bounds for a throw-in. A4 legally throws the ball inbounds and the ball is bouncing in the backcourt with A1 about to pick it up. Team A’s coach requests a timeout and an official grants the timeout. The officials gather together quickly when realizing that no player was in possession of the ball. They decide since a timeout had been requested and granted, team A will receive a timeout. Since no player was in control, the officials will go to alternating possession arrow and award the ball to the team the arrow favors – team B.

RULING: The officials should not have granted the timeout. Prior to granting a timeout, it is good practice for the officials to ensure that a player is in control of the basketball. If player control is in doubt, don’t grant a timeout. This situation is merely an inadvertent whistle with a timeout mixed in. During the inadvertent whistle, team control was established with team A when it had the ball at the disposal of the throw-in. With that in mind, the officials should have resumed play with a throw-in for team A (since they had team control) at the original throw-in spot for the inadvertent whistle since the throw-in did not legally end. Rule 5-8-3E

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