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 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."

A dribble is ball movement caused by a player in control who bats or pushes the ball to the floor once or several times. It is not a part of a dribble when the ball touches a player’s own backboard. During a dribble the ball may be batted into the air provided it is permitted to strike the floor before the ball is touched again with the hand(s). The dribble begins by pushing, throwing, or batting the ball to the floor before the pivot foot is lifted.

The dribble ends when:

  • The dribbler catches or causes the ball to come to rest in one or both hands.
  • The dribbler palms/carries the ball by allowing it to come to rest in one or both hands.
  • The dribbler simultaneously touches the ball with both hands.
  • The ball touches or is touched by an opponent and causes the dribbler to lose control.
  • The ball becomes dead.

It is not possible for a player to travel during a dribble. A player is not dribbling while slapping the ball during a jump, when a passes rebounds from his/her hand, when he/she fumbles, or when he/she bats a rebound or pass away from other players who are attempting to get to it. The player is not in control under these conditions. It is a dribble when a player stands still and bounces the ball. It is not a dribble when a player stands still and holds the ball and touches it to the floor once or more than once.

A3 has the ball out of bounds for a throw-in with 3.2 seconds left in the game. A3 throws the ball inbounds and it is kicked by B3 defending the throw-in. The clock starts and the officials re-administer a new throw-in with 2.8 seconds left.

RULING: The officials were correct to re-administer the throw-in but should have corrected the clock. The clock should not start on a kicked throw-in pass since the throw-in was not legally touched. If a non-designated spot throw-in, team A would not lose the right to move along the endline for the ensuing throw-in. (5-9-4, 4-42-5, 7-5-7b)

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