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Basketball

Weekly Announcements

November
13

FIRST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES
Welcome to the 2017-2018 basketball season. TODAY, November 13, 2017 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)

ON-LINE RULE MEETING FOR COACHES - LAST DAY NOVEMBER 15
The on-line meeting option for coaches and officials will be available until November 15. It goes off at 11:00 PM on November 15. DO NOT wait until the last day or days to complete the meeting. Follow the directions sent in the test packet carefully.

TEST ANSWERS DUE BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20
All head coaches (HS/MS) and KSHSAA registered officials are required to take the 2017-18 NFHS Basketball Rules exam. Answers are to be submitted on-line per instructions accompanying the exam and are due NO LATER THAN MONDAY, November 20. The 100 question NFHS test was mailed to all school Athletic Directors on September 14, 2017. Officials receive the test in their packet with the rule books. Each coach/official will answer 50 of the 100 questions. Two questions were thrown out (#35 & #37) so when you print your answer sheet, the answers printed will not match the questions you got beginning with #35.

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. Middle school/Junior High players are limited to 16 games and may play in no more than 6 quarters a night.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NON-SCHOOL TEAM EXCEPTION
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 22, 2017 through February 24, 2018 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 (head or assistant) may not coach player from their school team during the school year, 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 25, 2018 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.

LETTER OF PERMISSION FROM KSHSAA REQUIRED – NFHS RULE 3-5
Coaches and officials are reminded that players with special equipment (artificial limb, religious or medical head covering, 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.

2017-2018 RULE CHANGES
In rule meetings for coaches and officials the 2017-2018 rule changes were covered in depth. There are three major rule changes this year.

  • Officials will report the number of the fouling player to the scorer using two hands.
  • The coaching box has been extended to 28 feet. Only head coaches may use the coaching box and only for coaching purposes. Assistant coaches must be seated.
  • A warning may be issued to a head coach/bench personnel for misconduct is an administrative procedure by an official, which is recorded in the scorebook by the scorer and reported to the head coach.
    • For conduct, such as that described in Rule 10-5, Article 1 (a, b, d, e, f), 2, 4, the official shall warn the head coach unless the offense is judged to be major, in which case a technical foul shall be assessed.
    • NOTE: A warning is not required prior to calling a technical foul.
    • For the first violation of 10-6-1, the official shall warn the head coach unless the offense is judged to be major, in which case a technical foul shall be assessed.
    • NOTE: A warning is not required prior to calling a technical foul.

KSHSAA POSITION ON THE USE OF SOFT OR PADDED 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.

DID YOU KNOW
"Over the back" is NOT a term used in classifying fouls.
While rebounding a player may not:

  • Displace, charge or push an opponent;
  • Extend shoulders, hips, knees, arms or elbows into an opponent.
  • Hold an opponent.
  • Violate the principle of verticality, which protects a player from illegal contact with their floor to ceiling space.

There must be contact for a foul to be called. A player who is taller than an opponent should not be penalized because the player reached over the back. Illegal contact is needed for a foul.

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