Rule: NFHS Rule 09

Rule 9-1

ART. 1 . . . The try must be attempted from within the free-throw semicircle and behind the free-throw line.

ART. 2 . . . Teams must properly occupy marked lane spaces according to number and space requirements.

ART. 3 . . . After the ball is placed at the disposal of a free thrower:

a. He/she must throw within 10 seconds to cause the ball to enter the basket or touch the ring before the free throw ends.

b. The free thrower must not fake a try, nor must any player in a marked lane space fake to cause an opponent to violate.

c. No opponent must distract the free thrower.

d. No player must enter a marked lane space or leave a marked lane space by contacting the court outside the 36-inch by 36-inch space until the ball is released.

e. The free thrower must not have either foot beyond the vertical plane of the edge of the free-throw line which is farther from the basket or the free throw semicircle line until the ball touches the ring or until the free throw ends.

f. A player, other than the free thrower, who does not occupy a marked lane space, may not have either foot beyond the vertical plane of the free-throw line extended and the three-point line which is farther from the basket until the ball touches the ring or until the free throw ends.

g. A player occupying a marked lane space may not have either foot beyond the vertical plane of the outside edge of any lane boundary, or beyond the vertical plane of any edge of the space (2 inches by 36 inches) designated by lane-space marks. A player must position one foot near the outer edge of the free-throw lane line. The other foot may be positioned anywhere within the designated 36-inch lane space until the ball has been released.

h. Players occupying marked free-throw lane lines spaces may not enter the free-throw semicircle until the ball touches the ring or until the free throw ends.

PENALTIES: (Section 1)

1. If the first or only violation is by the free thrower or a teammate, the ball becomes dead when the violation occurs and no point can be scored by that throw. The following out-of-bounds provisions apply if no further free throws are to be administered:

a. If the violation occurs during a free throw for a personal foul, other than intentional or flagrant, the ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.

b. If the violation occurs during a free throw for a technical foul, the ball is awarded to the thrower’s team for a throw-in at the division line on the side of the court opposite the scorer’s and timer’s table.

c. If the violation occurs during a free throw for a flagrant personal foul or an intentional personal foul, the ball is awarded to the thrower’s team for a throw-in from the designated out-of bounds spot nearest the foul.

2. If the violation is by the free-thrower’s opponent only:

a. If the try is successful, the goal counts and the violation is disregarded.

b. If the try is not successful, the ball becomes dead when the free throw ends, and a substitute throw must be attempted by the same free thrower under conditions the same as for the free throw for which it is substituted.

3. If there is a simultaneous violation by each team, the ball becomes dead and no point can be scored. Remaining free throws are administered or play is resumed by the team entitled to the alternating-possession throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest to where the simultaneous violation occurred.

4. If there is a violation first by the free-thrower’s opponent followed by the free thrower or a teammate:

a. If both offenders are in a marked lane-space, the second violation is ignored, as in penalty item (2).

b. If the second violation is by the free thrower or a teammate behind the free-throw line extended and/or the three-point line, both violations are penalized, as in penalty item (3).

c. If a violation by the free thrower follows distraction by an opponent, a substitute free throw must be awarded.

d. If a fake by an opponent causes the free thrower or a teammate of the free thrower to violate, only the fake is penalized.

Rule 9-2

ART. 1 . . . The thrower must not leave the designated throw-in spot until the ball has been released on a throw-in pass.

ART. 2 . . . The ball must be passed by the thrower directly into the court from out-of-bounds so it touches or is touched by another player (inbounds or out of bounds) on the court before going out of bounds untouched.

ART. 3 . . . The thrown ball must not be touched by a teammate of the thrower while the ball is on the out-of-bounds side of the throw-in boundary-line plane, except as in 7-5-7.

ART. 4 . . . Once the throw-in starts, the ball must be released on a pass directly into the court before five seconds have elapsed.

ART. 5 . . . The thrower must not carry the ball onto the court.

ART. 6 . . . The thrown ball must not touch the thrower in the court before it touches or is touched by another player.

ART. 7 . . . The thrown ball must not enter the basket before it touches or is touched by another player.

ART. 8 . . . The thrown ball must not become lodged between the backboard and ring or come to rest on the flange before it touches or is touched by another player.

ART. 9 . . . The thrower must not be replaced by a teammate after the ball is at the thrower’s disposal, except as in 7-5-7.

ART. 10 . . . The opponent(s) of the thrower must not have any part of his/her person through the inbounds side of the throw-in boundary-line plane until the ball has been released on a throw-in pass.

NOTE: The thrower may penetrate the plane provided he/she does not touch the inbounds area or a player inbounds before the ball is released on the throw-in pass. The opponent in this situation may legally touch or grasp the ball.

PENALTIES: (Art. 10)

1. The first violation of the throw-in boundary-line plane by an opponent(s) of the thrower must result in a team warning for delay being given (one delay warning per team per game). The warning does not result in the loss of the opportunity to move along the end line when and if applicable.
2. The second or additional violations will result in a technical foul assessed to the offending team. See 10-2-1c Penalty.
3. If an opponent(s) reaches through the throw-in throw-in boundary-line plane and touches or dislodges the ball while in possession of the thrower or being passed to a teammate outside the boundary line (as in 7-5-7), a technical foul must be charged to the offender. No warning for delay required. See 10-4-10 Penalty.
4. If an opponent(s) contacts the thrower, an intentional personal foul must be charged to the offender. No warning for delay required.

ART. 11 . . . No teammate of the thrower must be out of bounds after a designated-spot throw-in begins.

PENALTY: (Section 2) The ball becomes dead when the violation or technical foul occurs. Following a violation, the ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in at the original throw-in spot.

Rule 9-3

ART. 1 . . . A player must not cause the ball to go out of bounds.

NOTE: The dribbler has committed a violation if he/she steps on or outside a boundary, even though he/she is not touching the ball while he/she is out of bounds.

ART. 2 . . . No player must be out of bounds when he/she touches or is touched by the ball after it has been released on a throw-in pass.

ART. 3 . . . A player must not leave the court for an unauthorized reason.

PENALTY: (Section 3) The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of bounds spot nearest the violation. (See 6-7-9 Exception d)

Rule 9-4

A player must not travel with the ball, as in 4-44, intentionally kick it, as in 4-29, strike it with the fist or cause it to enter and pass through the basket from below.

NOTE: Kicking the ball is a violation only when it is an intentional act; accidentally striking the ball with the foot or leg is not a violation.

PENALTY: The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.

Rule 9-5

A player must not dribble a second time after his/her first dribble has ended, unless it is after he/she has lost control because of:

ART. 1 . . . A try for field goal.

ART. 2 . . . A touch by an opponent.

ART. 3 . . . A pass or fumble which has then touched, or been touched by, another player.

PENALTY: (Section 5) The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of bounds spot nearest the violation.

Rule 9-6

A player must not violate any provision of the jump ball (6-3). If both teams simultaneously commit violations during the jump ball or if the official makes a bad toss, the toss must be repeated.

PENALTY: The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.

Rule 9-7

ART. 1 . . . A player must not remain for three seconds in that part of his/her free-throw lane between the end line and the farther edge of the free-throw line while the ball is in control of his/her team in his/her frontcourt.

ART. 2 . . . The three-second restriction applies to a player who has only one foot touching the lane boundary. The line is part of the lane. All lines – designating the free-throw lane, but not lane-space marks, are part of the lane.

ART. 3 . . . Allowance must be made for a player who, having been in the restricted area for less than three seconds, dribbles in or moves immediately to try for goal.

PENALTY: (Section 7) The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of bounds spot nearest the violation.

Rule 9-8

A player must not be, nor may his/her team be, in continuous control of the ball which is in his/her backcourt for 10 seconds.

PENALTY: The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.

Rule 9-9

ART. 1 . . . A player must not be the first to touch the ball after it has been in team control in the frontcourt, if he/she or a teammate last touched or was touched by the ball in the frontcourt before it went to the backcourt.

ART. 2 . . . While in player and team control in its backcourt, a player must not cause the ball to go from backcourt to frontcourt and return to backcourt, without the ball touching a player in the frontcourt, such that he/she or a teammate is the first to touch it in the backcourt.

ART. 3 . . . During a jump ball, throw-in or while on defense, a player may legally jump from his/her frontcourt, secure control of the ball with both feet off the floor and return to the floor with one or both feet in the backcourt. The player may make a normal landing and it makes no difference whether the first foot down is in the frontcourt or backcourt.

PENALTY: (Section 9) The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of bounds spot nearest the violation.

Rule 9-10

ART. 1 . . . A player must not, while closely guarded:

a. In his/her frontcourt, hold the ball for five seconds or dribble the ball for five seconds.

b. In his/her frontcourt, control the ball for five seconds in an area enclosed by screening teammates.

ART. 2 . . . A closely guarded count must not be started during an interrupted dribble.

ART. 3 . . . A closely guarded count must be terminated during an interrupted dribble.

PENALTY: (Section 10) The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of bounds spot nearest the violation.

Rule 9-11

A player must not commit basket interference as in 4-6.

PENALTIES: (Sections 11-12)

1. If the violation is at the opponent’s basket, the opponents are awarded one point if during a free throw, three points if during a three point try and two points in any other case. See 10-4-9 for additional penalty for goaltending during a free throw. The crediting of the score and subsequent procedure are the same as if the awarded score had resulted from the ball having gone into the basket, except that the official must hand or bounce the ball to a player of the team entitled to the throw-in.

2. If the violation is at a team’s own basket, no points can be scored, and the ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation. See 10-4-9 for additional penalty for goaltending during a free throw.

3. If the violation results from touching the ball while it is in the basket after entering from below, no points are scored and the ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.

4. If there is a violation by both teams, play must be resumed by the team entitled to the alternating-possession throw-in at the out-of bounds spot nearest to where the simultaneous violations occurred.

Rule 9-12

A player must not commit goaltending, as in 4-22.

PENALTIES: (Sections 11-12)

1. If the violation is at the opponent’s basket, the opponents are awarded one point if during a free throw, three points if during a three point try and two points in any other case. See 10-4-9 for additional penalty for goaltending during a free throw. The crediting of the score and subsequent procedure are the same as if the awarded score had resulted from the ball having gone into the basket, except that the official must hand or bounce the ball to a player of the team entitled to the throw-in.

2. If the violation is at a team’s own basket, no points can be scored, and the ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation. See 10-4-9 for additional penalty for goaltending during a free throw.

3. If the violation results from touching the ball while it is in the basket after entering from below, no points are scored and the ball is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.

4. If there is a violation by both teams, play must be resumed by the team entitled to the alternating-possession throw-in at the out-of bounds spot nearest to where the simultaneous violations occurred.

Rule 9-13

ART. 1 . . . A player must not excessively swing his/her arms(s) or elbow(s), even without contacting an opponent.

ART. 2 . . . A player may extend arm(s) or elbow(s) to hold the ball under the chin or against the body.

ART. 3 . . . Action of arm(s) and elbow(s) resulting from total body movements as in pivoting or movement of the ball incidental to feinting with it, releasing it, or moving it to prevent a held ball or loss of control must not be considered excessive.

PENALTY: (Section 13) The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of bounds spot nearest the violation. (See 6-7-9 Exception d)