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NFHS proposes new high school basketball rules

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ROCKFORD (WREX) - The national organization that governs high school sports has proposed new basketball rules. The NFHS Basketball Committee recommended new hand check regulations to eliminate on-the-ball defensive contact. It's a Catch-22 for officials and coaches.

"It's a rule that kind of lends itself to inconsistency to be truthful and it's difficult for a team that plays good man to man defense," says Auburn head basketball coach Bryan Ott. "We feel entitled to beat an opponent to the spot and to stay in front of them and guard them tightly, if you're not extending your hands and pushing an offensive player, it doesn't feel like it should be a hand check."

The other rules proposed allow players to leave their lane spaces when free throws are released, and expanding intentional foul calls. One omission was the shot clock, another subject long debated at the high school level that brings economic baggage.

"Personally, i like it the way it is, without the shot clock," says Todd Brannan, head coach at Jefferson. "I think it gives a team that's maybe less talented and maybe the underdog a chance to slow the game down a little bit, spread it out. I think a shot clock's always going to favor the more talented team."

"I think it's a money thing," says Tom Guse, head coach at Rockford Lutheran. "All the schools have to go out and get shot clocks, and somebody to run the shot clock during the game, and a lot of hoops to run through just to get everybody up and running."

Guse and his coaching colleagues will adjust accordingly, but he fears too much tinkering hurts an already strong on-court product.

"For the most part, I love the game the way it is right now, and any time the game gets changed, you just hope that it doesn't affect the game that much because it's pretty pure the way it is right now."

A new high school season is on the horizon, and for those who play under the Friday night nets, more whistles could join them. Read the full press release from the National Federation of State High School Associations here.
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