June 19, 2018
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Modest basketball rule changes set for high schools; shot clock discussed

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Penalties involving fouls committed during throw-ins mark the major change in high school basketball rules effective with the start of the 2011-12 season, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Under that revision, team control now will exist during a throw-in once the player who making the inbounding throw has the ball at his or her disposal. As a result, a foul committed by the throw-in team will not result in free throws for the defending team, as team-control fouls do not provide for free throws.

The change was made because the previous penalty to the throw-in team in such situations was deemed too severe.

“The advantage was too great because the throw-in team would lose possession and yield free throws under the previous rule,” said Mary Struckhoff, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the basketball rules committee, in a press release. “It was inconsistent with how this same play was being administered during non-throw-in situations.”

Another rule refinement clarifies that when an opponent contacts the person inbounding the ball, an intentional foul will be charged to the defender, and that defender will not have to have broken the plane of the boundary line to be charged with an intentional foul.

Struckoff said the NFHS committee discussed — as it has done for several years — requiring the use of a shot clock in high school basketball, but did not approve the proposal.

“Even though there’s growing interest in using a shot clock, the general sense from the committee is that the time isn’t right,” she said. “Given the current economic climate, it would be difficult for schools to comply with a rule requiring purchasing new equipment and hiring additional table personnel.”

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