Basketball
Basketball

Weekly Announcements

November
18

OFFICIAL SCORER REQUIRED TO WEAR BLACK AND WHITE STRIPED GARMENT
In order to better identify the scorer when players are checking in and officials are reporting fouls the scorer is now required to wear a black and white striped garment. Schools may want to consider purchasing black and white vertically striped pinnies for scorers to wear during contests.

COACHES ON-LINE RULE MEETING – LAST DAY NOVEMBER 20
The on-line meeting option for coaches will be available until November 20. DO NOT wait until the last day or days to complete the meeting. Server overload will cause you session to freeze up and require you to complete the meeting at a later time. Those waiting until the last minute risk not getting the meeting completed.

TEST ANSWERS DUE BY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
All head coaches (HS/MS) and KSHSAA registered officials are required to take the 2013-14 NFHS Basketball Rules exam. Answers are to be submitted on-line per instructions accompanying the exam and are due NO LATER THAN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25. The 100 question NFHS test was mailed to all school Athletic Directors on September 17, 2013. Officials receive the test in their packet with the rule books.

MIDDLE SCHOOL/JUNIOR HIGH REGULATIONS
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.

LETTER OF PERMISSION FROM KSHSAA REQUIRED – NFHS RULE 3-5
Coaches and officials are reminded that players with special equipment (artificial limb. hearing transmitter, insulin pump, 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 RULE MEETING EMPHASIS
Emphasis at the basketball official meetings this year is “Blow the Whistle”. Rough play falls into six main categories: handchecking, screening, post play, rebounding, block-charge, and loose ball contact. All of these were discussed at rule meetings and continued discussion will take place at the area supervisor meetings coming up the next two weeks. When contact occurs that affects either the rhythm, speed, quickness or balance of the opponent, illegal contact has occurred. Officials must call a foul when that happens. There will be contact during a basketball game – the role of the official is to determine if the contact is “incidental” or “illegal”.

In order to determine if there is illegal contact, officials must get in position to see the action from start to finish. If officials are straightlined from any part of the defender or the offensive player’s off-arm they will not be able to see the entire frame of action. Get in position to see the lay from a side view and not through either player’s back or torso.

SITUATION OF THE WEEK:
Prior to the start of the game, an official notices that several members of Team A are wearing:
A) White wristbands and headbands
B) Black arm sleeves and white leg sleeves
C) Black leg sleeves and white headbands.

RULING:
A) This is legal – wristbands and headbands shall be white, black, beige or a single solid school color and shall be the same for all participants.
B) This is illegal – the arm and leg sleeves shall be white, black, beige or a single school color and the same color for each team member.
C) The rules do not require that headbands and wristbands be the same color as the leg sleeves and arm compression sleeves.

Leg and arm compression sleeves must be worn for a medical reason. Officials will ask the coach why they are being worn.

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