BASKETBALL OFFICIALS-COACHES-SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Team benches shall be located on the scoring table side of the floor. The Coaching box is bounded by the sideline, the team bench, a line at the end of the bench nearest the scorer's table and another line 14' measured back toward the end line. Officials and Head Coaches have been instructed that failure to have a coaching box marked will create a situation where NO coach may stand during the game. School administrators and game site hosts are responsible for complying with this floor marking rule.
When the Head Coach is in or out of the box behaving inappropriately (10-4) the coaching box rule will be enforced as follows: Technical Foul. Assistant Coaches do not have the same privileges as Head Coaches. Assistants must remain seated during the game. The officials will warn the Head Coach if an assistant is standing in the box. Any subsequent violations will be penalized with a technical foul and an indirect technical foul assessed to the Head Coach.
Coaches who continually abuse the coaching box rule risk having the OHSAA remove the box completely.
Officials who fail to enforce the coaching box rule risk having penalties assessed by the OHSAA including, but not limited to loss of tournament games.
School Administrators must see that floors are marked according to rule, demand that coaches adhere to the rule and officials enforce the rule.
Note - As of this posting, six officiating crews have been reprimanded and placed on probation for failure to enforce the bench rule. Three officials have been removed from tournament considerations.
TEAM CONTROL FOULS
Reminders: No team control exists during a throw-in, a jump ball, or after a shot has been released on a try for goal. Team control DOES continue during passes, interrupted dribbles, deflected passes, fumbles and loose balls until an opponent secures control of the ball or it becomes dead.
This rule change is treated the way a "player control" foul has been treated in the past. The difference is that it now applies to all OFFENSIVE TEAM MEMBERS.
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