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Old 05-16-17, 08:29 AM
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2017-18 NFHS Rules Changes

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Official Warning for Misconduct Given to Coaches in Basketball
By NFHS on May 11, 2017


Effective with the 2017-18 high school basketball season, play will be stopped and an official warning will be given to the head coach – and recorded in the scorebook – for misconduct by the coach or other bench personnel unless the offense is judged to be major, in which case a technical foul shall be assessed.

This new rule was one of the five changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

In addition to misconduct violations related to Rule 10-5, the head coach will be officially warned for the first violation of Rule 10-6-1 regarding the coaching box.

Rules 4-48-1 and 4-48-2 will both have a note stating that a warning is not required prior to calling a technical foul.

“Stopping play and making sure that the bench and the coach know that an official warning has been given sends a clear message to everyone in the gym and impacts the behavior of the coach, and in some cases the behavior of the opposing coach,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee. “This change in behavior creates a better atmosphere and, many times, avoids the need to administer a technical foul.”

In other changes, the rules committee approved enlarging the coaching box from 14 feet to 28 feet. The coaching box now shall be bounded by a line drawn 28 feet from the end line toward the division line. A line drawn from the sideline toward the team bench becomes the end of the coaching box toward the end line. State associations may alter the length and placement of the 28-foot coaching box.

“The committee thought the restriction of the (14-foot) coaching box limited the level of communication between the coach and players,” Wynns said. “Allowing a coach freedom to move within the new box between the 28-foot mark and the end line provides a coach more access to his or her players.”

Changes in Rules 3-4-1d and 3-4-4 regarding uniforms were approved by the committee, including restrictions on identifying names that can be placed in the allowable area of the jersey. Identifying names on uniforms must adhere to the following: school name, school nickname, school logo, player’s name and/or abbreviation of the official school name. The panel in the shoulder area on the back of the jersey may be used for placing an identifying name as well.

The committee also approved a change in the way officials signal a foul against a player. After verbally informing the offender, the official shall use fingers on two hands to indicate to the scorer the number of the offender and the number of free throws.

“This change was made to minimize reporting errors that occur between the officials and the scorekeepers,” Wynns said. “Two-handed reporting is easier for the scorekeepers to see and comprehend, and it is less confusing.”
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Old 05-16-17, 10:23 AM
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It should be emphasized that there is not a mandatory warning prior to a technical foul being issued. This change is a tool that is being made available to officials similar to what the Baseball Rules committee did a few years ago allowing for a "written warning" (noted on the lineup cards) to be issued prior to an ejection.

In both instances any act of a major nature (as determined by the official) can (and should) result in an immediate technical foul being assessed, sans the official warning.
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Old 05-16-17, 11:44 AM
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It should be emphasized that there is not a mandatory warning prior to a technical foul being issued. This change is a tool that is being made available to officials similar to what the Baseball Rules committee did a few years ago allowing for a "written warning" (noted on the lineup cards) to be issued prior to an ejection.

In both instances any act of a major nature (as determined by the official) can (and should) result in an immediate technical foul being assessed, sans the official warning.
Absolutely. I envision that being the most common complaint from coaches: "Don't I get a warning first?" Nope, not necessarily.

This is a great change for both coaches and officials IMO. It puts the onus on the coach to fix his behavior (or his bench's) with a documented warning that the whole gym can see, before he gets the seatbelt.

Officials all have different tolerance levels and assigners all have different expectations, so a "major" infraction in one game may not be so in the next (unless the OHSAA puts out some guidance). All the more reason for coaches to control themselves and their benches.
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Old 05-16-17, 12:22 PM
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I hope it works. The abuse the officials are putting up with is unbelievable. At some point the coaches have to change their behavior.
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Old 05-17-17, 07:29 AM
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I hope it works. The abuse the officials are putting up with is unbelievable. At some point the coaches have to change their behavior.
I think that the no-appeal 2-game suspension, overall, does a good job of putting the onus on the coaches to keep themselves under control. At the same time, there are plenty of officials who are hesitant to penalize unacceptable behavior due to possibility of receiving bad ratings from the coaches, which ultimately affects their postseason assignments.
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Old 05-17-17, 08:07 AM
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I believe your 2nd sentence is the big issue. The no-appeal 2 game suspension + fine only works if the coaches are given the penalty. There are coaches that are out of control each and every game and the officials don't penalize them. A quick T when warranted would take care of that behavior. If that coach has it happen 2, 3 or 4 games in a row then their attitude would change. I have seen it personally for many years. Maybe this will help.
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Old 05-18-17, 10:09 AM
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The biggest problem with warnings occurs when officials don't follow through. You lose all credibility when you warn a coach and continue to let him act the fool.

In order for the official warning to work, officials have to follow through with a T immediately when the coach starts acting up again. If I warn a coach and he throws his hands up in the air and gives me a "WTF" look, he's getting the seatbelt. We have to have the guts to follow through.
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Old 05-18-17, 11:35 AM
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Exactly Zebrastripes. Great point.
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The biggest problem with warnings occurs when officials don't follow through. You lose all credibility when you warn a coach and continue to let him act the fool.

In order for the official warning to work, officials have to follow through with a T immediately when the coach starts acting up again. If I warn a coach and he throws his hands up in the air and gives me a "WTF" look, he's getting the seatbelt. We have to have the guts to follow through.
^^^^ This


There are way, way, way too many officials in Ohio who have a primary goal of working deep into the tournament. One of the components of tournament selection is coaches ratings.....

Do the math.......
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Old 05-27-17, 11:29 PM
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so when you explain a call to a coach and waves his hand at you, you give him a seatbelt?

I explained to a spectator i was sitting next to in the stands why a foul was called, and the official was talking to the HC and his assistant gave the wave and the assistant got whacked. then the HC wouldn't sit b/c he tried to justify with the official that the T wasn't on him, it was on his bench......LOL. I just watched from the stands and shook my head. Its amazing how little knowledge the people teaching our youth on basketball know about the rules........

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