Weekly Announcements




Coaches are reminded to check the book prior to the 10 minute mark to ensure all players are listed, the proper numbers are included and the number of quarters left to play is correct. It is the responsibility of the coach to make sure this is taken care of so no technical fouls are necessary for an incorrect book. Coaches must pay close attention to the number of quarters played so we have not 6th quarter violations.

Officials are reminded reports are to be submitted to the KSHSAA for the following reasons. These reports can be found by logging in as an official and going to the basketball page. Reports can be submitted online.

  • Loss of Coaching Box Report - Must be submitted any time a coach is given a technical foul other than for not having the book correct at the beginning of the game.
  • Unusual Situations report - is to be submitted on any player or coach ejection. It should also be submitted if there is any other unusual situation, positive or negative after a contest. If there are issues with spectators, this form should be used to report what happened.

Player technicals do not need to be reported, unless the player is ejected from the contest.

Players may not dunk during pre-game prior to their game or during the half-time of the preceding game. Administration and coaches are responsible to make sure players do not dunk during these periods. Once officials arrive on the court if dunking occurs the penalty is a technical foul. The foul is also charged indirectly to the head coach. This rule is outlined in the KSHSAA basketball manual and is to be followed by all schools during the regular and post season.

NFHS rules do not permit jewelry to be worn during basketball practices or games. Necklaces, earrings, rings, etc. are not permitted. Coaches have primary responsibility to make sure players are legally equipped. If observed in pre-game officials should ask coaches to address the issue with the players. If the players come onto the court with illegal equipment they should be asked to leave the contest until they can be made legal. Officials cannot ignore players wearing jewelry because they don’t want to be the "fashion police".

Headbands go around the entire head and include items such as: elastic strips, elastic bands, pre-wrap, moisture-absorbing terry cloth, other similar items. Headbands do not have knots in them - cloth with a knot in the back tied around the head is illegal. Headbands must be worn on the forehead/crown, be nonabrasive, unadorned, and a maximum of 2 inches. The colors permitted for headbands and wristbands are white, black, beige, or the predominate color of the jersey. Only one headband may be worn by each player. If more than one player is wearing a headband, wristband, tights, arm or leg sleeves, they all must be wearing the same color, although they may be a different style. Only one school or manufacturer logo is permitted. Head decorations (like ribbons) are prohibited.

Ponytail holders are considered hair control devices and do not come under the restrictions of color, maximum size, logo restrictions and team uniformity. Hair control devices just go around hair - not the head.

Palming, also referred to as carrying, is a violation in the game of basketball. It occurs when the dribbling player continues to dribble after allowing the ball to come to rest in one or both hands. Carrying is similar to a double dribble because the player momentarily stops dribbling and then resumes dribbling. If the player is in motion while carrying the ball, then it is similar to traveling. Players can avoid a carrying violation by keeping their palms facing the floor while dribbling.

Most basketball players slide their hand to one side of the ball when dribbling to better control the ball, directing it from left to right and vice versa. So long as the ball does not come to rest this is perfectly legal. Moreover, dribbling this way allows more control and easier ball-handling. The problem arises when the ball-handler slides their hand too far down the side of the ball, having their hand below the ball. This is when the player is in violation and a carrying violation has been committed. Remember any more than a handshake (hand in position like you are going to shake their hand) is probably a violation. Allowing an offensive player to "carry" the ball is a distinct advantage to the offense.

The length of time for overtime periods is four minutes for High School Varsity contests. In sub-level contests the overtime period is half the time of a regulation quarter. Play shall continue without a change of baskets for one or more extra periods with a one minute intermission before each extra period. The overtime starts with a jump ball in the center circle.

While the ball is loose on the floor, A1 dives for the ball and pins it against the floor with an outstretched hand. While laying on the ground, A1 uses the ball to stand while pinning it against the floor. The officials rule a traveling violation on A1.

RULING: The officials were incorrect to rule a traveling violation. A player cannot travel without holding the ball. One hand resting on top of the ball would not satisfy player-control requirements for the traveling restrictions. (Rule 4-12-1, 4-15-1, 4-44)

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