What Are Some Rules of High School Basketball?


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In high school basketball, the home team is required to wear a white jersey and the visiting team is required to wear a dark-colored jersey. Some rules affecting game play include being ejected for fighting, leaving the court if bleeding, and the ten-second rule for advancing from the backcourt.

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The National Federation of State High School Associations has a specific set of rules for basketball in regards to game play, officiating, court structure, and uniforms. In 2015, several rule changes were made, including the clarification of what constitutes a foul. Under the new guidelines, a foul is committed against the ball handler when the defender places two hands on the player, places an extended arm bar on the player, places and keeps a hand on the player, or contacts the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.

Strict rules have been enforced regarding high school basketball uniforms. Wearing the number 6, 7, 8 or 9 is illegal. Numbers must be centered vertically and horizontally on the jersey, and must be solid in color. Hats and headgear are only allowed if worn for medical or religious reasons. Undergarments must be the same primary color as the uniform.

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