Weekly Announcements




In the first week of the New Year we had many reports of unsporting behavior by players and coaches. Inappropriate language and lack of respect towards officials has no place in interscholastic athletics. Everyone will not going to agree with calls made by officials but yelling at them and using profanity is not an acceptable or appropriate reaction. I am particularly concerned with the number of player technicals for unsporting behavior, and ask that coaches visit with team members about appropriate responses to difficult situations. Profanity and disrespect have no place in interscholastic athletics. Coaches should not expect nor are officials required to give a warning before penalizing when coaches use profanity or are disrespectful to officials.

Area II meetings start this week. Check the website for dates and times of meetings. You may attend any meeting even if it isn’t in your area. If meetings are postponed we will post it on the announcement section of the basketball officials page. Log on as an official and click on basketball under sports registered at the bottom you can see if you have been given credit for two area meetings after we have received the attendance cards from the area supervisors. Officials must get credit for an Area I and Area II meeting to be post season eligible.

The NFHS rule indicates that if worn arm sleeves, leg sleeves, kneepads, tights all must be the same color for all players. Colors permitted are black, white, beige, or the predominate color of the jersey. All must match and be the same color. Recently I have been asked if a doctor provides a note can the sleeve be a different color. The answer is no, sleeves must be the same color for all. If the player has a knee brace, which has a hinge or some support material (usually hard plastic or metal) along each side of the knee, then it doesn’t come under the color restrictions.

This is a coach responsibility. Officials should not have to address uniform and equipment issues prior to every game. If a player is not legally equipped, they should be asked to leave the game until they are legally equipped.

The KSHSAA believes announcers play an important part of interscholastic contests and encourage schools to train announcers to properly announce contests. Announcers are to provide information accurately and without bias. Announcements that can be made include: player who scored, player charged with foul, player attempting free throw, team granted a time out and length of time out; player entering game, number of fouls on a player, number of team fouls. Announcers should introduce teams in a professional, unbiased way. While announcers may provide information about the number of fouls a player has, the coach has the responsibility to ensure the information is accurate.

During a game there are times when the ball becomes loose on the floor and players hustle to get to it only to have a foul called. During a loose ball players who pile on, or take the legs out from another player should be called for a displacement foul. While on the surface it may look like a good hustle play - displacement is a foul.

During a shot, there is no team control or player control. Questions have come asking if a player taps a rebound out and it goes into the backcourt and is retrieved by a player from the team who shot the ball - is this a backcourt violation. The answer is no unless the official has determined that the offensive team had control and then tapped the ball, and it ended up in backcourt.

NFHS mechanics require officials to give a preliminary signal at the site of the infraction and indicate what will happen next, will there be free throws or is the ball going to be taken out of bounds. Let your partners know what to set up while you are reporting the foul. One of the ways to make your foul call more believable to coaches, players and fans is to slow down at the spot of the foul and do the paperwork. The paperwork is who fouled, and how play is to be resumed. Walking away from the sport of the foul makes the call less believable to coaches, players and fans. Don’t be a "hit and run" official, stay at the spot and "tell the story". What did you see, who did it, and what are you going to do about it."

The traveling rule is one of the most misunderstood rules in basketball. To start a dribble, the ball must be released before the pivot foot is lifted. On a pass or a shot, the pivot foot may be lifted, but may not return to the floor before the ball is released. A player may slide on the floor while trying to secure a loose ball until that player’s momentum stops. At that point a player cannot attempt to get up or rollover. A player securing a ball while on the floor cannot attempt to stand up unless that player starts a dribble. A player in this situation may also pass, shoot, or call a timeout. If the player if flat on his or her back, that player may sit up without violating.

After A1’s successful goal, B2 grabs the ball and steps out of bounds along the endline. A3 is standing inbounds and is defending B2’s throw-in. B4 steps out of bounds several steps away from B2 along the same endline. B2 attempts to pass the ball to B4, but before the ball reaches B4, A3 reaches through the boundary line and touches the ball. What is the result?

RULING: Reaching through the throw-in boundary line plane and touching the ball while it is in possession of the thrower-in or being passed to a teammate outside the boundary line results in a technical foul. The technical foul is a player technical charged to A3. (4-47-1, 9-2-3, 9-2-10, 10-4-10, 10-4-10B)

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