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Basketball

Weekly Announcements

November
12

FIRST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES
It is hard to believe we are already starting the 2018-2019 basketball season. TODAY, November 12, 2018 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)

PROPERLY MARKED COURT
Administrators and coaches must make sure the court is properly marked before starting the season.

  • In order for coaches to use the coaching box, it must be properly marked. On a regulation court the box is marked by a line 2 inches by 12 inches off the end line and another line measured 28 feet from the end line. If there are not two lines marked, the box is not properly marked. The end line is not the end of the box, the mark off the court at the end line is the end of the box.
  • A division line 2 inches wide, shall divide the court into two equal parts. Shadow-bordered lines are permissible.
  • An “X” 12 inches long and 2 inches wide shall be placed on the floor out of bounds directly in front of the official scorer to help substitutes with the proper location.

ONLINE RULE MEETING FOR COACHES – LAST DAY NOVEMBER 16
The on-line meeting option for coaches and officials will be available until November 16. It goes off at 11 p.m. on November 16. 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 19
All head coaches (HS/MS) and KSHSAA registered officials are required to take the 2018-19 NFHS Basketball Rules exam. Answers are to be submitted on-line per instructions accompanying the exam and are due NO LATER THAN MONDAY, November 19. The 100 question NFHS test was mailed to all school Athletic Directors on September 13, 2018. Officials receive the test in their packet with the rule books. Each coach/official will answer 50 of the 100 questions.

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 21, 2018 through Sunday, February 24, 2019 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, 2019 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.

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.

SITUATION OF THE WEEK
Officials arrive at a contest with court length of less than 84 feet. There are no lines on the floor for the coaching box. Where should the coaching box be marked? The state association has adopted the 28 foot coaching box.
RULING: On a court of less than 84 feet, the coaching box should be marked from the division line 14 feet toward the end line. The coaching box will extend from that mark toward the end line. In this case because the court is not 84 feet, the box may be shorter than 28-feet. On a court that is 84 feet in length or more, the coaching box will be marked from the end line 28-feet toward the division line. A mark off the court on the sideline is placed is placed at the 28-foot line and another mark off the court at the end line will indicate the end of the coaching box.

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