INDIANAPOLIS — A crackdown on defensive contact in high school basketball games is being extended to all ball-handlers next season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) revised Rule 10-6-12 prior to the 2014-15 season in an effort to eliminate excessive contact on ball-handlers and dribblers outside the lane area. The latest revision extends those protections to post players as well.

The new language states that “a player becomes a ball-handler when he/she receives the ball. This would include a player in a post position.”

The acts that constitute a foul when committed against a ball-handler are a) placing two hands on the player, b) placing an extended arm bar on the player, c) placing and keeping a hand on the player and d) contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.

“The current rule covers the ball-handler/dribbler situations but ignores the action that goes on in the post area with the hands, arm bars, etc.,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials. “The additional language will clarify that the illegal acts should be ruled for every position on the floor.”

The NFHS Basketball Rules Committee also released its points of emphasis for the coming season, chiefly cleaning up post play and rebounding.

The committee noted that new information has been added to the rules book that addresses cleaning up post play and urged fouls to be called when violations occur. In addition, the committee emphasized that illegal tactics related to rebounding should be called since these violations are among the leading causes of injury in high school basketball.

A complete listing of the basketball rules changes is available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.

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