2-8-5; 3-3-8 Changed the guidelines and procedures for identifying and removing a player who exhibits signs, symptoms and/or behaviors consistent with a concussion.
CONCUSSION PROCEDURE REVISED (2-8-5; 3-3-8): Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion must be immediately removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.
The previous rule directed officials to remove an athlete from play if “unconscious or apparently unconscious.” The previous rule also allowed for return to play based on written authorization by a medical doctor.
2.8.5 SITUATION: A1 and B1 hit heads in diving for a loose ball and both appear injured. However, A1 is immediately removed from the game by the officials as he/she is exhibiting signs consistent with a concussion. Later in the game, A1 reports to the scorer’s table to reenter the contest.
RULING: The rules permit A1 to return to the game once he/she has been cleared by an appropriate health-care professional. The responsibility for obtaining that clearance rests with the coach/school, and need not be verified by the officials
If A1 appears at the scorer’s table to reenter the game, the officials shall assume the coach/school followed the appropriate return to play procedures and A1 is eligible to participate.
HEAD & WRIST BANDS
3-5-3a The list of permissible headband and wristband colors was changed to include any single solid school color .
LIST OF LEGAL HEAD/WRISTBAND COLOR EXPANDED (3-5-3a): In 2008-09 the rules stated headbands and wristbands must be a single solid color of white, black, beige or a color similar to the torso of the jersey.
The rule has been revised to state that headbands and wristbands shall be white, black, beige or a single solid school color ,
provided all team members are wearing the
same color for each item for all participants.
This rule change will now allow team members
to wear headbands and wristbands of school
3.5.3 SITUATION: Team A’s school colors are blue and gold and the predominate color of Team A’s jerseys are white. Prior to the game, an official notices that several Team A members are wearing (a) blue headbands and blue wristbands; and (b) beige pre-wrap around the entire head and blue wristbands.
Legal in (a). Illegal equipment in (b); the headband color does not match the wristband color. The official shall inform the player and the head coach that these items are illegal and may not be worn during the game.
10-3-6i; 10-5-5 Specific rules were added to
address the unsporting acts of a player leaving the playing court for an unauthorized reason to demonstrate resentment, disgust or intimidation and team members leaving the bench area and/or playing court for an unauthorized reason.
REMAIN ON COURT
PLAYERS AND TEAM MEMBERS REQUIRED TO REMAIN
ON THE COURT/IN THE BENCH AREA WHILE THE GAM IS
IN PROGRESS (10-3-6i; 10-5-5): A player leaving the
court for an unauthorized reason to demonstrate
resentment, disgust or intimidation will be added to the
list of unsporting behaviors by a player with a technical
foul penalty assessed.
The committee hopes this rules change will
further reduce the likelihood of individual
players demonstrating unsporting behavior.
In addition, a similar rule will be added requiring team
members to remain on the court and in the bench area
while the game is in progress until each quarter or extra
period has officially ended.
This includes free-throw attempts by an opponent with
no time remaining on the clock. Since the Head Coach is
ultimately responsible for the conduct of all team
members, the penalty will be a technical foul assessed
directly to the Head Coach.
10.3.6 SITUATION: With 4 minutes remaining in
the second quarter, B1 commits his/her third foul
against airborne shooter A1; the try is
unsuccessful. Team B’s coach immediately sends
B6 to the scorer’s table to replace B1 after A1’s
first free-throw. B1’s replacement may not enter
the game until after A1’s first free throw.
B1, disgusted with the official’s call and
realizing he/she will soon leave the game, goes
and sits on the end of Team B’s bench just after
the official reports the foul.
RULING: B1 is assessed an unsporting technical foul for leaving the court for an unauthorized reason to demonstrate disgust. A1 will attempt the two shooting-foul free throws followed by any Team A member attempting the two free throws for the technical foul. (10-3-6i; 3-3-2)
10.5.5 SITUATION B: A spectator heckles Team A member, A9, while he/she is sitting on Team A’s bench. A9 leaves the bench area and goes into the stands to confront the fan.
RULING: Team A’s head coach is assessed a direct technical foul for permitting A9 to leave the bench area for an unauthorized reason. Team B is awarded two free throws and the ball for a division line throw-in.
2010-11 MAJOR EDITORIAL CHANGES
3-3-1a NOTE; 4-34-2: Clarified that when a substitute is not properly reported, the players in the game at the conclusion of the quarter OR when the timeout was granted shall begin play for the new quarter or after the time-out.
3.3.1 SITUATION C:
Substitute A6 reports to the scorer just after the warning signal is sounded during a time-out. The scorer advises A6 that he/she will not be allowed to enter until the next opportunity for substitution. The Team A coach beckons A6 to return to the bench.
RULING: This is permissible. The substitute is not obligated to remain at the table. However , A6 would have to report again before being allowed to enter the court. If A6 remains at the table, he/she may actually replace any player.
3-5-2 Clarified the requirements for guards, casts and braces and that a protective face mask shall be worn molded to the face.
4-4-7d Clarified that the ball is at the disposal of a player when it is available after a goal and the official begins the throw-in count.
7-6-6 Clarified that when the ball is awarded to the wrong team, the mistake must be rectified before the throw-in ends.