Weekly Announcements




I hope everyone had a safe and joyful holiday break. Let’s start 2019 off with respect for everyone’s role during contests.
Players – Play;
Fans-support their teams!!

I have had several questions about middle school students that have completed their season practicing with the high school team and whether this is permissible. IT IS NOT permissible for middle school students to practice with the high school team. The only people that can practice with the high school team are members of the team. A coach can’t invite community members or alumni to practice with the team. They also can’t have middle school students that have completed their season to come practice with the team. Rule 14 – states “in order to be eligible for participation in practice or competition a student must be a bona fide undergraduate of that school and one who is eligible or has the possibility of eligibility.” Students in grades 7 and 8 do not have possibility of eligibility at the high school (grades 9-12). In addition, graduates may not come and practice with the team other than an organized alumni scrimmage. The KSHSAA catastrophic insurance does not cover any alumni players.

Players may not dunk the ball at any time during warm-ups, regardless of whether or not the officials are present. It is the responsibility of coaches and game administration to ensure this does not occur. This includes halftime warm-ups of the preceding game. Players shall not grasp the baskets at any time during the game except to prevent injury; dunk or stuff, or attempt to dunk or stuff a dead ball. (NFHS BB Rule 10-3-3)

KSHSAA Executive Board policy states: Officials observing dunking during a warm-up period (including halftime of the proceeding game) should report the team violating and the number of the player violating to the score table. This may be the officials waiting for the next game, or the officials from the game in progress. The officials who have jurisdiction over the game will administer a bench technical to the violating team prior to the game starting. The bench technical is an indirect technical to the head coach. It results in the loss of coaching box privilege. (10-1-5a) If a glass or backboard is broken due to dunking or grasping a ring during warm-up, the responsible school shall be liable for the cost of replacing the board.

A player is permitted to play in six quarters during a regular game night of competition. Participating in a 7th quarter is a violation of KSHSAA Rule 33-2-5 and 33-3-2. Coaches must closely check the official scorebook prior to the contest to make sure that you agree with the number of quarters played the previous game. Violations of this rule are to be reported to the KSHSAA by the schools involved.

Should a non-varsity contest be played in four quarters of four minutes each or less, participation in one or two four-minute quarters would be considered identical to that of one eight minute quarter as it relates to the Six Quarter Rule. Participation in any part of three or four of the four minute quarters would count as two quarters toward the six quarter limit.

A player who participates in more than the limit shall be charged with playing in two of the total games that student is allowed to during one season and disqualified for further play that day.

With tournament weeks upon us a reminder to coaches a high school player may participate in 20 games during the season. In a regular season game day when JV and Varsity are played on the same night a player may participate in 6 quarters a night. During tournaments the six quarter rule does not apply. The exception to the rule provides a player may play 2 games in one day in the SAME tournament. This rule was primarily put in for schools who were hosting a sub-level tournament and had scheduled two games in one day in order to reduce travel for schools. For example a JV tournament played on Saturday morning. A player may not play in a JV tournament/game in the morning and then the Varsity tournament/day the same day.

After a month of the season we are still struggling to get players properly equipped. Coaches have the responsibility to make sure players are properly equipped. Officials don’t like being the fashion police, coaches need to check their players before they get on the court to make sure there is no illegal equipment.

Rolling waistband of shorts – If a player has to roll the waistband to make the shorts fit correctly, no drawstring can be visible and no manufacturer logo can be visible. When the waistband of the shorts are rolled over – multiple logos are visible which is a violation of NFHS rules. The drawstring presents a safety concern as players can get their finger caught in the drawstring. If shorts need to be rolled so they will stay up – the waistband needs to be rolled inward.

Undershirts – If worn shall be a single solid color similar to the torso of the jersey and the sleeves must be the same length on each player. If you are the home team, wearing white jerseys – the undershirt must be white. As an example if your team is wearing green jerseys a black undershirt is not permitted.

Sleeves (arm, leg), kneepads and tights - If worn, all players must have the same color. Colors permitted are black, white, beige or the predominant color of the jersey. All must match and must be a solid color. Kneepads are considered sleeves.

Headbands & Wristbands - If worn, all players must have the same color. Colors permitted are black, white, beige or the predominant color of the jersey. All players must have the same color. The color worn by all players must be the same color as any sleeves or tights worn. Headbands do not have a knot in them.

Coaches – do your job – make sure players are legally equipped before they come out for the pre-game warm up.

Schools or teams that wish to have activities to support cancer awareness should be aware if they want to have players wear pink uniforms, pink headbands or wristbands must have a letter of exception from the KSHSAA to wear these items that are illegal by NFHS rule. Players may wear pink shoes, pink socks, pink shoestrings or pink warm-up shirts and do not need a letter from the KSHSAA as these items are not considered part of the uniform. Officials may also wear pink whistles during these contests and schools should let them know if they want them to do so.

Situation of the Week
Following a personal foul by B3, the official indicates to Team A that they shall inbound the ball from a spot 10 feet from the sideline. In (a) A1 jumps in the air, over the designated spot, and passes the ball inbounds; (b) A1 has one foot within the designated-spot area but lifts it from the floor as the inbounds pass is made; or (c) A1 moves directly backwards from the designated spot by 6 feet and passes the ball inbounds.

RULING: Legal in (a), (b) and (c). As long as the thrower maintains any portion of his/her body on or above the 3-foot designated-spot area while making the throw-in, the throw-in shall be legal.

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