There are four rule basketball rule changes passed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) with a couple of them potentially being significant changes to the game.
The four rule basketball rule changes are as follows:
- Players may enter the lane on free throws as soon as the ball is released by the shooter
- Rule eliminate or reduce contact on the ball handler
- Expanded definition of intentional fouls
- Expansion of what can be worn by players
The first rule change, under rule 9-1-4, now allows a player to enter the lane when the ball is released by the shooter. Prior to this, players were unable to enter the lane until the free throw attempt hit the rim or the backboard. The new rules put free throw rules in line with college and professional basketball rules which is how many of us coaches remember them from our playing days.
The second rule the NFHS Rules Committee has added is an article to rule 10-6 which deals with contact. Article 12 of this rule now states that a foul can be committed by…
- Placing two hands on the player
- Placing an extended arm bar on the player
- Placing and keep a hand on the player
- Contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands
This basketball rule change is an attempt to eliminate excessive contact on the ball handler particularly outside of the lane area. This rule is pretty much identical to the one added last year by the NCAA that had many coaches and players upset, especially at the beginning of the year when many ‘touch fouls’ were being called. Depending on enforcement this could be a very significant change for many teams particularly at the beginning of the season.
The rules committee also expanded the definition of an intentional foul found in rule 4-19-3d. The rule now defines an intentional foul as “excessive contact with an opponent while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor.”
The final rule change recommendation is the expansion of what can be worn on an arm or leg, according to Rule 3-5-3. The rule changes allows players to now wear tights, as long as they meet color and logo restrictions under Rule 3-5-3. The rule previously allowed only arm sleeves and compression leg sleeves.
For more on the basketball rule changes for the 2014-15 season please check out the NFHS website below.