RULE 1 - SECTION 1 PLAYING COURT DIMENSIONS
RULE 1 - SECTION 2 SIDELINES, END LINES
RULE 1 - SECTION 3 CENTER RESTRAINING CIRCLE, DIVISION LINE
RULE 1 - SECTION 4 THREE-POINT LINE
RULE 1 - SECTION 5 FREE-THROW LANE
RULE 1 - SECTION 6 FREE-THROW LINE
RULE 1 - SECTION 7 BACKBOARDS
RULE 1 - SECTION 8 BACKBOARD POSITION
RULE 1 - SECTION 9 BACKBOARD PADDING, SUPPORT SYSTEMS
RULE 1 - SECTION 10 BASKET SIZE, MATERIAL
RULE 1 - SECTION 11 BASKET RING
RULE 1 - SECTION 12 BALL
RULE 1 - SECTION 13 TEAM BENCH LOCATIONS, COACHING BOX, TIME-OUT AREA
RULE 1 - SECTION 14 RED/LED LIGHT, AUDIBLE SIGNAL
RULE 1 - SECTION 15 CLOCK AND SCOREBOARD
RULE 1 - SECTION 16 POSSESSION ARROW
RULE 1 - SECTION 17 “X” LOCATES SCORER
RULE 1 - SECTION 18 MUSIC/SOUND EFFECTS/ARTIFICIAL NOISEMAKERS
RULE 1 - SECTION 19 ELECTRONIC DEVICES
RULE 1 - SECTION 20 NON-PLAYING PERSONNEL
RULE 2 - SECTION 1 GAME AND TABLE OFFICIALS
RULE 2 - SECTION 2 OFFICIALS’ JURISDICTION
RULE 2 - SECTION 3 REFEREE’S AUTHORITY
RULE 2 - SECTION 4 REFEREE’S PREGAME DUTIES
RULE 2 - SECTION 5 REFEREE’S DUTIES DURING GAME
RULE 2 - SECTION 6 OFFICIALS’ AUTHORITY
RULE 2 - SECTION 7 OFFICIALS’ GENERAL DUTIES
RULE 2 - SECTION 8 OFFICIALS’ ADDITIONAL DUTIES
RULE 2 - SECTION 9 SIGNALS
RULE 2 - SECTION 10 CORRECTABLE ERRORS
RULE 2 - SECTION 11 SCORER’S DUTIES
RULE 2 - SECTION 12 TIMER’S DUTIES
RULE 2 - SECTION 13 TIMER’S EQUIPMENT
Rule 3 - SECTION 8 - MOUTHGUARD
RULE 3 - SECTION 1 TEAM, CAPTAIN
RULE 3 - SECTION 2 ROSTERS, STARTERS, NUMBERS
RULE 3 - SECTION 3 SUBSTITUTION
RULE 3 - SECTION 4 UNIFORMS
RULE 3 - SECTION 5 TEAM MEMBER’S EQUIPMENT, APPAREL
RULE 3 - SECTION 6 LOGO/TRADEMARK/REFERENCE
RULE 3 - SECTION 7 SAFETY CONCERNS
Rule 4 - SECTION 1 AIRBORNE SHOOTER
RULE 4 - SECTION 2 ALTERNATING POSSESSION AND ARROW
RULE 4 - SECTION 3 SETTING DIRECTION OF INITIAL ARROW
RULE 4 - SECTION 4BALL LOCATION, AT DISPOSAL
RULE 4 - SECTION 5 BASKET, CHOICE
RULE 4 - SECTION 6 BASKET INTERFERENCE
RULE 4 - SECTION 7 BLOCKING, CHARGING
RULE 4 - SECTION 8 BONUS FREE THROW
RULE 4 - SECTION 9 BOUNDARY LINES
RULE 4 - SECTION 10 CLOSELY GUARDED
RULE 4 - SECTION 11 CONTINUOUS MOTION
RULE 4 - SECTION 12 CONTROL, PLAYER AND TEAM
RULE 4 - SECTION 13 COURT AREAS
RULE 4 - SECTION 14 DISQUALIFIED PLAYER
RULE 4 - SECTION 15 DRIBBLE
RULE 4 - SECTION 16 DUNKING
RULE 4 -SECTION 17 EXTRA PERIOD
RULE 4 - SECTION 18 FIGHTING
RULE 4 - SECTION 19FOUL
RULE 4 - SECTION 20 FREE THROW
RULE 4 - SECTION 21 FUMBLE
RULE 4 - SECTION 22 GOALTENDING
RULE 4 - SECTION 23 GUARDING
RULE 4 - SECTION 24 HANDS AND ARMS, LEGAL AND ILLEGAL USE
RULE 5 - SECTION 1 GOAL
RULE 5 - SECTION 2 SCORING
RULE 5 - SECTION 3 WINNING TEAM
RULE 5 - SECTION 4 FORFEITURE, PROTEST, INTERRUPTED GAME
RULE 5 - SECTION 5 LENGTH OF QUARTER
RULE 5 - SECTION 6 BEGINNING, ENDING A QUARTER OR EXTRA PERIOD
RULE 5 - SECTION 7 EXTRA PERIOD
RULE 5 - SECTION 8 TIME-OUT, STOPPING PLAY
RULE 5 - SECTION 9 RE-STARTING THE CLOCK
RULE 5 - SECTION 10 TIMING MISTAKES
RULE 5 - SECTION 11 CHARGED TIME-OUTS
RULE 6 - SECTION 1 LIVE BALL
RULE 6 - SECTION 2 STARTING GAME/QUARTER/EXTRA PERIOD
RULE 6 - SECTION 3 JUMP-BALL ADMINISTRATION
RULE 6 - SECTION 4 ALTERNATING POSSESSION
RULE 6 - SECTION 5 BALL IN PLAY BY THROW-IN
RULE 6 - SECTION 6 BALL IN PLAY BY FREE THROW
RULE 6 - SECTION 7 DEAD BALL
RULE 7 - SECTION 1 OUT-OF-BOUNDS — PLAYER, BALL
RULE 7 - SECTION 2 CAUSING THE BALL TO GO OUT OF BOUNDS – INDIVIDUAL PLAYER
RULE 7 - SECTION 3 CAUSING THE BALL TO GO OUT OF BOUNDS – SIMULTANEOUSLY
RULE 7 - SECTION 4 BALL AWARDED OUT OF BOUNDS
RULE 7 - SECTION 5 RESUMPTION-OF-PLAY PROCEDURE, THROW-INS
RULE 7 - SECTION 6 THROW-IN ADMINISTRATION
RULE 8 - SECTION 1 FREE-THROW ADMINISTRATION
RULE 8 - SECTION 2 ATTEMPTING PERSONAL-FOUL FREE THROWS
RULE 8 - SECTION 3 ATTEMPTING TECHNICAL-FOUL FREE THROWS
RULE 8 - SECTION 4 TEN-SECOND LIMIT
RULE 8 - SECTION 5 RESUMING PLAY WITH THROW-IN
RULE 8 - SECTION 6 RESUMING PLAY DIFFERENCES
RULE 9 - SECTION 1 FREE-THROW PROVISIONS
RULE 9 - SECTION 2 THROW-IN PROVISIONS
RULE 9 - SECTION 3 OUT OF BOUNDS
RULE 9 - SECTION 4 TRAVEL, KICK, FIST, BALL ENTERS BASKET FROM BELOW
RULE 9 - SECTION 5 ILLEGAL DRIBBLE
RULE 9 - SECTION 6 JUMP BALL
RULE 9 - SECTION 7 THREE SECONDS
RULE 9 - SECTION 8 TEN SECONDS
RULE 9 - SECTION 9 BACKCOURT
RULE 9 - SECTION 10 CLOSELY GUARDED
RULE 9 - SECTION 11 BASKET INTERFERENCE
RULE 9 - SECTION 12 GOALTENDING
RULE 9 - SECTION 13 EXCESSIVE SWINGING OF ARM(S)/ELBOW(S)
RULE - 10 SECTION 1 ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNICAL
RULE - 10 SECTION 2 TEAM TECHNICAL
RULE - 10 SECTION 3 SUBSTITUTE TECHNICAL
RULE - 10 SECTION 4 PLAYER TECHNICAL
RULE - 10 SECTION 5 BENCH TECHNICAL
RULE - 10 SECTION 6 HEAD COACH’S RULE
RULE - 10 SECTION 7 CONTACT
A team mascot logo is painted in the center restraining circle. The host school used multi-colored paint for the continuous lines over the team mascot logo in the center restraining circle.
In (a), the band from the home team is playing during a live ball; (b) the electronic scoreboard is playing broken-glass sound effects just after an opponent’s missed field-goal attempt; or (c) fans from the visiting team are using artificial noisemakers during an opponent’s attempted free throw.
Safety regulations prevent the adopted 28-foot coaching box from reaching 28 feet from the end line. May the coaching box be located: (a) 26 feet from the end line and extend 28 feet toward the end line; (b) 14 feet from the end line and extend to the division line?
Safety regulations prevent the adopted 28-foot coaching box from reaching the end line. May the coaching box be located 32 feet from the end line to give the full 28 feet allowed for the coaching box?
Team A’s court has a center restraining circle that (a) is a solid color different than the natural color of the court; (b) has a 2-inch-wide shadow-bordered line; (c) has a 1⁄4-inch wide solid line.
The game ball supplied by the home team does not have the NFHS Authenticating Mark. The visiting team does have a ball with the NFHS Authenticating Mark. Must the referee accept the visitor’s approved ball for game use?
What are the rule requirements for padding on rectangular backboards?
Upon arrival on the court, the visiting team is advised its team’s substitutes will have to go considerably farther than the home team to reach the reporting area. The visiting coach complains to the referee.
A1 and B1 begin fighting and play is stopped. Substitute A6 leaves the bench area and enters the court to observe. B6 also enters the court at the same time, but B6 actually participates in the fight.
A technical foul is charged to: (a) a Team A substitute; (b) Team B’s manager; (c) Team A’s athletic trainer; or (d) Team B’s assistant coach. In all cases, the foul is charged because of uncomplimentary remarks addressed to an official.
A spectator heckles Team A member, A9, while he/she is sitting on Team A’s bench. A9 leaves the bench area and goes into the stands to confront the fan.
A fight breaks out between A1 and B1 during a dead-ball and clock-stopped situation. The head coach of Team A rushes onto the court.
A defensive player takes a position in front of the post player A1 to prevent A1 from receiving the ball. A high pass is made over the head and out of reach of the defensive player. The post player A1 moves toward the basket to catch the pass and try for goal. As the pass is made, a teammate of the defensive player moves into the path of A1, in a guarding position. What are the rights of the pivot player A1 and the defensive player who moves into A1’s path?
(a) Three minutes prior to the start of the game; or
(b) during a time-out in the second quarter of play, the Team B coach requests the scorer to add a name to the team list or change a team member’s number in the scorebook. When is the penalty invoked for this administrative infraction?
(a) The head coach is charged (directly or indirectly) with a third technical foul, or a second direct technical; or
(b) A1 commits a flagrant technical foul against B1.
A1 commits his/her fifth foul and is disqualified. On the way to the team bench, A1 removes his/her shirt or pulls it over their face: (a) before the coach is notified; or (b) after the coach is notified.
A1 has been injured and has received extensive medical attention on the court. The coach: (a) helps assist the injured player to the bench; or (b) remains at the bench area while A1 is treated and helped to the bench. How much time does the coach have to replace A1?
A1 has been disqualified from the game for committing his/her fifth foul or a flagrant foul. The coach of Team A is notified and then the official instructs the timer to begin the replacement period. The player is then notified of the disqualification. The coach of Team A rises from the bench and: (a) talks until the sounding of the warning horn with the four remaining players who have gathered near the boundary; (b) immediately sends A6 to the table to report in. The coach then gathers the players at the sideline for a conference; or (c) sends A6 toward the table but the timer indicates the 15 seconds have expired before A6 gets there.
A1 dunks the ball, then grasps the ring: (a) to avoid possible injury as he/she has lost his/her balance; or (b) because A2 or B1 is lying on the floor directly under the basket.
A1 has the ball out of bounds for a designated spot throw-in. B1 is putting great pressure on and the count is at four seconds when A1 throws the ball and it strikes B1’s face. The ball rebounds from B1’s face directly out of bounds.
Stop Clock For Jump / Held Ball
Stop Clock For Foul
Stop Clock For Foul Optional Bird Dog
Throw-In Designation And Throw-In Designated Spot Violation
Move Along Endline On Throw-In
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A1 dunks over B1 and then taunts B1. B1 retaliates and punches A1.
Both A1 and B1 are charged with a flagrant technical foul for fighting and are disqualified. A1’s action is defined as fighting when the taunting caused B1 to retaliate by fighting.
(10-3-6c, 10-4, 10-4-8)
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