By: Nate Calvin
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
With the high school basketball season getting underway last week for the girls and the boys slated to tipoff this week, coaches, players and fans will be adjusting to new rules regarding free throws as the 1-and-1 has been eliminated.
In the past teams were awarded a 1-and-1 when the opponent reached seven team fouls in the half and then two shots after the tenth foul was committed.
Now, the team fouls will be kept by quarter with two shots being awarded after five fouls in the quarter. The team fouls will reset at the end of each quarter.
“The rules committee studied data that showed higher injury rates on rebounding situations and saw this as an opportunity to reduce opportunities for rough play during rebounds,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee.
“Additionally, resetting the fouls each quarter will improve game flow and allow teams to adjust their play by not carrying foul totals to quarters two and four.”
Tournament time will also have a different feel in regards to seeding and sectional games. Last season the Northwest District used the Martin RPI rating system to determine seeding for tournament play as opposed to the traditional coaches vote.
This season the OHSAA is implementing this statewide but will be using MaxPreps to do the calculations with the first ranking due out in mid-January and will be updated on a daily basis as game results are entered.