FIBA published new basketball rules effective October 1, 2017. Of particular importance is the new undergarment rule and Canada Basketball approved modifications:
ALL UNDERGARMENTS MUST BE THE SAME COLOR FOR ALL ON THE TEAM – BLACK, WHITE OR DOMINANT COLOR – I.E. if one player is wearing a black arm sleeve then all players must wear black undergarments.
Any concessions that might be required by schools for the their student athletes (religious, health, etc.) should be addressed through the SHSAA office.
Travelling rule (Art. 25.2)
Purpose: To have a common worldwide travelling rule that better reflects the actions on the court.
• While moving and having one foot on the floor while catching the ball or ending a dribble the next foot or feet to touch the floor is „Step 1“ and will become the pivot foot.
Unsportsmanlike foul (Art. 37.1.1)
Purpose: To gain more clarity on when to call an unsportsmanlike foul and protect the dynamics of the game in transition.
An unsportsmanlike foul is a player contact foul which, in the judgement of an official, is:
• Excessive, hard contact caused by a player in an effort to play the ball or an opponent.
• Contact by the defensive player with no legitimate attempt to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules causing an unnecessary contact in order to stop the fast break or the progress of the offensive team in transition. This applies until the offensive player begins the act of shooting.
Foul penalties (B.8.3)
Purpose: To have the same penalty for disqualifying fouls; 2 free throws + possession.
Whenever a person has been disqualified and this foul is charged by the rules to the coach as a bench foul the penalty shall be 2 free throws as with any other disqualifying foul. In the scoresheet such fouls shall be entered as B2.
This applies to all disqualifying fouls against team bench personnel, namely assistant coaches, substitutes, and excluded players which also apply to a fighting situation.