NFHS Case Play 8.1.1 Situation A

A1 is awarded two free throws. After the players have had sufficient opportunity and time to take their positions for the first throw, the administering official bounces the ball to the free thrower. Did the official follow proper procedure?

Yes. On free throws, the word “disposal” is interpreted to mean that the official shall bounce the ball to the free thrower, but if the free thrower refuses to accept it, the official may place the ball on the floor at the free-throw line and begin the count. This procedure constitutes putting the ball at the free-thrower’s disposal. However, in this situation, the ball becomes live when it is caught by the free thrower.

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