2001-2002 Boys' Basketball Rules Examination - Part I

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A. Alternating Possession
Following the initial jump ball, if A1 muffs the tapped ball out of bounds, Team B starts the alternating procedure when the ball is placed at the disposal of the thrower. True 4-3-3a
If A1 and B1 simultaneously control the jump ball, the held ball results in a jump ball between any two opponents in the center circle. False 6-3-3 Note
If tapper A1 gains control of the referee's toss during the opening jump ball, Team B gains the first possession and the arrow is set toward A's basket. False 6-4-7c, 6-3-1
To establish the alternating procedure, "control" may be gained as a result of a violation or foul. True 4-3, 6-3-1
B. Coaching Rule
Assistant coaches may stand to confer with bench personnel during dead ball periods. False 10-5-2
During the game a coach may not use cards or signs to communicate with players on the court. False 10-1-3, 10-5
The coach may not go to the scorers' table to rectify a scoring mistake unless beckoned by the referee. False 10-5-1c
The head coach is held responsible for the conduct of all bench personnel. True 10-4-5
C. Court and Equipment
A basket consists of a single metal ring, 18 inches inside diameter, its flanges and braces, and a white cord 12-mesh net, 15-18 inches in length, suspended beneath the ring. True 1-10
A red light is permitted behind each backboard to supplement the audible timer's signal that time has expired for a quarter or extra period. True 1-14
A restraining line may be used as a boundary line when space is limited, and may extend the entire length or width of the court. True 1-2-2
Backboard padding shall be a single solid color and shall be the same color on both backboards. True 1-9-1
D. Court and Equipment
High school leagues/conferences may adopt a coaching box which extends from the 28-foot mark to the endline. False 1-13
It is a requirement to have an "X" on the floor in front of the official scorer to avoid reporting errors. True 1-17
Music, both band and sound effects, shall only be permitted prior to a game, during time-outs, at intermission and post game. True 1-18
Only one visible manufacturer's logo/trademark is permitted on the pants, compression shorts, and sweatbands/headbands. True 3-6
E. Definitions
A free throw ends when the try touches the floor or any player. True 4-20-3
A fumble is accidental loss of player control. True 4-21
A held ball occurs when dribbler A1 is closely guarded anywhere in A's frontcourt for 5 seconds. False 4-25, 9-10-1
A jump ball ends when the tapped ball touches a basket. True 6-4-7
F. Definitions
A multiple throw is a succession of free throws attempted by the same team. True 4-30
A tap shall be considered the same as a try for a goal. True 4-40-6
A team member is bench personnel in uniform and eligible to become a player. True 4-34-4
An airborne shooter is a player who has released the ball on a try for goal and has returned to the floor. False 4-1
G. Fouls
A false double foul differs from a double foul in the following way -- both fouls are committed by the same team. False 4-19-7,8
A flagrant foul may be either personal or technical. True 4-19-4
A personal foul cannot occur during a dead ball. False 4-19-1
A player-control foul is a common foul. True 4-19-6
H. Fouls
A technical foul is a common foul. False 4-19-2,5
If two B players commit a multiple foul on A1 during an unsuccessful 3-point try, A1 is awarded four free throws. True 4-19-10, foul summary 6b(2)
It is a technical foul if a player intentionally strikes the backboard while a try is in flight. True 10-3-6
Two free throws are awarded for each foul of a multiple foul if the player fouled was in the act of shooting and the try is unsuccessful. False foul summary 6a(2)
I. Free Throws
A free throw begins when the free thrower receives the ball from the official and ends when the ball is clearly in flight. False 4-20-2,3
A free throw cannot end until it is either touched by a player, or becomes dead because an official sounded a whistle. False 4-20-3
A free throw ends when the ball is bounced off the floor by the free thrower in an attempt to have it enter the basket. True 4-20-3 (how stupid is this question?)
Award free thrower A1 a substitute throw, when during a free throw, there is a double violation and the attempt is successful. False 9-1 Penalty 3
J. Frontcourt - Backcourt
A ball in contact with A1 or the court is in the frontcourt if neither the ball nor A1 is touching the backcourt. True 4-4-1
A ball which is in contact with two players is in the backcourt if either player is touching the backcourt. True 4-4-1
During a dribble from backcourt to frontcourt, the ball is in A's frontcourt if one of dribbler A1's feet is on the division line, abut the other foot and the ball are touching in A's frontcourt. False 4-4-6
If A1 jumps from the frontcourt and alights in the backcourt, A1 is not considered to be located in either court while in the air. False 4-35-3
K. Guarding/Contact Principles
A player is entitled to an erect (vertical) position, even to the extent of holding the arms above the shoulders. True 4-24-1, 4-44-3
A player who extends an arm, shoulder, hip or leg into the path of an opponent is not considered to have had a legal position if contact occurs with an opponent. True 4-23-1
After obtaining an initial legal position, the guard must continue to face the opponent to maintain legal position. False 4-23-3a
If the opponent with the ball is airborne, the guard may obtain legal position in the opponent's landing spot after the opponent is airborne. False 4-23-4b
L. Incidental Contact
A player who is screened outside his or her visual field is expected to avoid contact with the screener by stopping or going around the screener. False 4-27-4
Contact which does not hinder the opponent from participation in normal defensive and offensive movements should not be considered illegal. True 4-27-2
Responsibility for contact is on the player who approaches an opponent from an unfavorable position with no reasonable chance to play the ball without contacting the opponent. True 4-27-5
The defender placing a hand on a ball handler is not an advantage to the defender and should be considered incidental contact. False 4-27, 10-6-1
M. Jump Ball
A jump ball is a method of putting the ball into play to start the game and each extra period. True 4-28-1
It is a violation if jumper A1 catches the tapped ball before or after it has touched the floor. False 6-4-7c
The ball becomes live when it is tapped. False 6-1-2
When the official is ready and until the ball is tossed, nonjumpers shall not move onto the circle. True 6-4-2a
N. Live Ball - Dead Ball
A tap by A1 becomes dead when an official's whistle is blown for a foul by B1. False 4-40-6, 6-7 Exc 1
If the free throw for a nonflagrant personal foul is successful, the ball remains live. False 6-7-1, 8-6
The ball becomes dead and it is a technical foul when B1 excessively swings his/her elbows while the ball is in flight during a try for field goal by A1. False 6-7-7, Exc 1,3
The ball becomes dead if B1 disconcerts A just before A1 releases the ball on a free throw attempt. False 6-7-8, 9-1 Pen 2
O. Official's Duties
Any official can rule on points not specifically covered in the rules. False 2-3
Any official may recognize and correct the error of failing to award a merited free throw. True 2-10-1
If a mistake has been made and an umpire is still on the floor at the end of the game, he/she may call the referee back to make the correction. True 2-2-4
If the officials stop play for a player who is bleeding, the player may remain in the game if he/her team is charged with a time-out. False 3-3-6
P. Officials' Duties
Officials' duties include determining when a player is apparently unconscious. True 2-8-5
Only the referee may penalize a player for flagrant unsporting conduct. False 2-8-1
The officials' jurisdiction ends when just the referee leaves the visual confines of the playing area, even if he/she has not approved the final score. False 2-2-4
The referee must notify the coach and player of a disqualification. False 2-8-4
Q. Out of bounds - Inbounds
A player is out of bounds when he/she touches the floor, or any object other than a player, on or outside a boundary. True 7-1-1
A1 may be out of bounds without penalty if A1, while dribbling, goes out of bounds to avoid B1 and then comes back inbounds to continue the dribble. False 9-3 Note
All edges of the backboard are out of bounds. False 7-1-2c
If the ball goes from the court through the vertical plane of a boundary, it is out of bounds. False 7-1-2b
R. Penalty Administration
A player is disqualified if he or she has been charged with one technical foul and four personal fouls. True 2-8-3, 4-14-1
A team may use television replay equipment at halftime to review first-half action. False 10-1-3
A technical foul on the team trainer is also charged indirectly to the head coach and results in four free throws. False 10-4 Pen
After the specified time limit, it is one technical foul charged to the team if the coach of Team B notifies the scorers and an official of several number changes in his or her squad list. True 3-2-2, 10-1-2c
S. Scoring
A field goal may be scored by an errant pass going through either basket. True 5-1-1
A free throw by A1 is credited to A1 and Team A regardless in which basket the attempt is made. True 5-2-2
A goal cannot be scored from action other than a try. False 5-1-1
A1, in his/her backcourt, is awarded three points for a ball thrown untouched through his/her basket. True 5-2-1
T. Substitutions
A disqualified player who returns and participates has committed a flagrant technical foul. True 10-3-2 Pen
A player who has been withdrawn may not re-enter before the next opportunity to substitute after the ball becomes alive following his/her replacement. False 3-3-4 (clock starts)
A substitute who desires to enter must give the scorers his or her number and the number of the teammate being replaced. False 3-3-1
Only a player required by rule to be replaced may be substituted for prior to the first of multiple free throws. False 3-3-1c
U. Throw-ins
After A1's made basket, B1 attempts a throw-in from the baseline and the ball is intentionally kicked by A2. The throw-in following the violation will be a spot throw-in. False 7-5-7
Immediately after A3's made basket, Team A coach is assessed a technical foul. After Team B attempts the two free throws for the technical foul, the Team B throw-in will be at the division line opposite the scorer's table. True 7-5-8
On a throw-in, the ball becomes alive when it touches an inbounds player. False 6-1-2
Team B is not in the bonus. After A2's made basket, B5 is attempting a throw-in from his/her baseline when A3 commits a personal foul against B4. If the throw-in spot for Team A (error: should be "B") is still the baseline, Team B may run the baseline. True 7-5-7
V. Time-outs
A time-out is charged if the coach's request for conference results in no prevention or correction of an alternating possession mistake. True 5-8-4, 5-11-3
After expiration of playing time in the fourth quarter, a team may be granted successive time-outs. False 5-12-3
Players may be seated during a 30-second time-out provided they do not cause a delay in resuming play. False 5-12-5
Unused time-out(s) from the regulation game may be used in any overtime period. True 5-12-1
W. Timing
Each quarter or extra period begins when the clock starts. False 5-6, 6-1
If a held ball occurs so near the expiration of time for a quarter that the clock is not stopped before time expires, the time involved shall be put on the clock. False 5-6-2
If A1's tap toward A's basket or A1's try is in flight when time expires in the second quarter, the quarter ends when the tap or try ends. True 5-6-1
Playing time for a varsity game may be reduced by mutual agreement of the opposing coaches. False 5-5-3
X. Uniforms - Player Equipment
A commemorative/memorial number patch may be worn on the uniform jersey provided it is above the neckline or in the side insert. False 3-4-16
A team member may wear jewelry provided he/she does not become a player. False 3-5
Both the home and visiting teams are wearing dark-colored jerseys. The referee requests the home team to change to light-colored jerseys. True 3-4-6 Note
It is legal for the home team to wear light blue jerseys. True 3-4-6
Y. Uniforms - Player Equipment
Provided both players do not play at the same time, both 0 and 00 are legal number for team members. False 3-4-3
The home team has the option of wearing either light or dark colored uniforms as long as the visiting team is notified. False 3-4-6
The home team must wear white jerseys when playing at home. False 3-4-6
The number 00 is a legal uniform number. True 3-4-3