INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Giving coaches more leeway to intercede in on-court conflict situations highlight the five rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
Head coaches in high school basketball will be allowed to come onto the court in an effort to break up a fight or keep a situation from escalating. Previously, the head coach could only enter the court if beckoned by an official. While the head coach and his/her assistants must continue to ensure that players remain on the bench during a fight, the committee agreed that the presence of the head coach on the court could be instrumental in preventing the situation from escalating, and the coach also could assist game officials in controlling the situation.
The four other rule changes include allowing increased use of technology for coaching staffs for use in coaching and gathering statistics, clarification on the use of leg compression sleeves, and to permit a single manufacturer’s logo on uniforms as it is similarly allowed in other sports.
In addition to these rules changes, the committee approved a new defensive tip signal that will be added to the Basketball Officials Manual. This signal will be given by the official when the ball enters the backcourt as a result of contact with the defensive player.