Paula Blackwell, head girls’ basketball coach at York Comprehensive High School, weighed in on rule changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Committee.
All recommendations were approved by the association board of directors during a recent meeting in Indianapolis.
Blackwell said she is happy to see the rule change pertaining to free throw-shooting.
Players in marked lane spaces will be able to move into the lane when the ball is released by the free-throw shooter beginning with the 2014-15 high school basketball season.
Previously, players could not release until the ball touched the rim or backboard or until the free throw ended.
“I would like to see the officials give us some examples on the closely guarded rule change,” said Blackwell.
In an effort to eliminate excessive contact on ball-handlers and dribblers outside of the lane area, the committee added Article 12 to Rule 10-6 on contact. As a result, the following acts will constitute a foul when committed against a ball-handler/dribbler: 1) placing two hands on the player, 2) placing an extended arm bar on the player, 3) placing and keeping a hand on the player and 4) contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.
The committee also expanded Rule 3-5-3 by identifying anything worn on the arm or leg as a sleeve, except a knee brace. These items, including tights, will now be permitted, but must meet the color and logo restrictions in Rule 3-5-3. Previously, this rule permitted only arm sleeves and leg-compression sleeves.
“The dress code change is an ongoing one, but at least it’s clear for us to let our players know so they’re not pulled from pregame warm-ups and having to go change,” she said.
The committee also expanded the definition of an intentional foul in Rule 4-19-3d, which now states that an intentional foul is “excessive contact with an opponent while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor.”
As in years past, Blackwell is preparing for June, involving the total basketball program, middle school, JV and varsity.
The June preparations will include numerous off-season activities, highlighted by the June 16 and 17 shootouts at the YCHS main gym and auxiliary gym. Participating teams will include Dorman, Spartanburg, Northwestern and rival Clover.