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NFHS Case Play 10.5.5 Situation A

Post-players A1 and B1 begin punching each other and play is stopped. Two substitutes from each team leave the bench area and come onto the court. The four substitutes:
(a) do not become involved in the fight;
(b) all become involved in the fight;
(c) substitutes A6, A7 and B6 do not participate in the fight, but B7 becomes involved in the fight;
(d) head coach enters the court to assist in curtailing the fighting.

A1 and B1 are charged with flagrant fouls and are disqualified, but no free throws result from the double personal flagrant fouls. The four substitutes are charged with flagrant technical fouls and are disqualified. No free throws are awarded for the simultaneous technical fouls as the number of bench personnel leaving the bench and the penalties are the same for both teams. In
(a), one technical foul is also charged indirectly to the head coach of each team. In
(b), each head coach is charged indirectly with two technical fouls (one for each bench player leaving the bench and becoming involved in the fight). In
(c), the Team A head coach is charged indirectly with one technical foul and the Team B head coach is indirectly charged with two technical fouls (one for substitutes B6 and B7 leaving the bench, and one for B7 becoming involved in the fight). In situations
(a),
(b) and
(c), the ball is put in play at the point of interruption. Legal in
(d). COMMENT: The head coach may enter the court in the situation where a fight may break out or has broken out to prevent the situation from escalating.

NFHS Rules Reference:

(4-36, 7-5-3b, 10-5-5 NOTE)

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