Let’s continue with our daily 10 minute new habit with NFHS Rule 4 Definitions #5-#10
As simple as some of these may seem, they can always we the biggest mistakes we make on the court. NOTHING is TOO SIMPLE during “High Intensity” situations.
ALWAYS BE PREPARED!
RULE 4- SESSION 2
SECTION 5 BASKET, CHOICE
ART. 1 . . . A team’s own basket is the one into which its players try to
throw or tap the ball.
ART. 2 . . . Each team’s basket for practice before the game and for the
first half shall be the one farther from its team bench.
ART. 3 . . . The teams shall change baskets for the second half.
ART. 4 . . . If by mistake the officials permit a team to go the wrong –
direction, when discovered all points scored, fouls committed, and time
consumed shall count as if each team had gone the proper direction. Play
shall resume with each team going the proper direction based on bench
SECTION 6 BASKET INTERFERENCE-
*KEY DEFINITION- Low Frequency/ High Risk
Basket interference occurs when a player:
ART. 1 . . . Touches the ball or any part of the basket (including the net)
while the ball is on or within either basket.
ART. 2 . . . Touches the ball while any part of the ball is within the
imaginary cylinder which has the basket ring as its lower base.
EXCEPTION: In Arts. 1 or 2, if a player has his/her hand legally in
contact with the ball, it is not a violation if such contact with the ball
continues after it enters the imaginary cylinder or if in such action, the
player touches the basket. Dunking or stuffing is legal and is not basket
ART. 3 . . . Touches the ball outside the cylinder while reaching through the
basket from below.
ART. 4 . . . Pulls down a movable ring so that it contacts the ball before the
ring returns to its original position.
SECTION 7 BLOCKING, CHARGING-
*KEY DEFINITION- High Frequency/ Low Risk
ART. 1 . . . Blocking is illegal personal contact which impedes the
progress of an opponent with or without the ball.
ART. 2 . . . Charging is illegal personal contact caused by pushing or
moving into an opponent’s torso.
a. A player who is moving with the ball is required to stop or change
direction to avoid contact if a defensive player has obtained a legal
guarding position in his/her path.
b. If a guard has obtained a legal guarding position, the player with
the ball must get his/her head and shoulders past the torso of the
defensive player. If contact occurs on the torso of the defensive
player, the dribbler is responsible for the contact.
c. There must be reasonable space between two defensive players or
a defensive player and a boundary line to allow the dribbler to
continue in his/her path. If there is less than 3 feet of space, the
dribbler has the greater responsibility for the contact.
d. The player with the ball may not push the torso of the guard to gain
an advantage to pass, shoot or dribble
SECTION 8 BONUS FREE THROW
ART. 1 . . . A bonus free throw is the second free throw awarded for a –
common foul (except a player-control or team-control foul) as follows:
a. Beginning with a team’s seventh foul in each half and for the eighth
and ninth foul, the bonus is awarded only if the first free throw is
b. Beginning with a team’s 10th foul in each half, two free throws are
awarded whether or not the first free throw is successful.
NOTE: Rule 2-10-1 a, b are applied if a merited free throw is not
awarded or an unmerited free throw is awarded.
ART. 2 . . . Player-control, team-control and technical fouls are counted as
team fouls to reach the bonus. When a technical foul is also charged
indirectly to the head coach, it counts only as one team foul.
SECTION 9 BOUNDARY LINES
ART. 1 . . . Boundary lines of the court consist of end lines and sidelines.
ART. 2 . . . The inside edges of these lines define the inbounds and out-ofbounds
SECTION 10 CLOSELY GUARDED-
*KEY DEFINITION- High Frequency/ Low Risk
A closely guarded situation occurs when a player in control of the ball in
his/her team’s frontcourt, is continuously guarded by any opponent who is
within six feet of the player who is holding or dribbling the ball. The
distance shall be measured from the forward foot/feet of the defender to the
forward foot/feet of the ball handler. A closely guarded count shall be
terminated when the offensive player in control of the ball gets his/her head
and shoulders past the defensive player.