High School Basketball Rules



Various high school basketball rules are explained below.


1. A ball that touches a player or official is the same as the ball touching the floor.
2. A player, who dribbles from the back court to the front court, is in the front court if both the ball and both feet are over the half court line.
3. Basketball interference occurs:
a. If the ball is on or within the basket and a player touches the ball, net or any part of the basket.
b. If a player touches the ball while it is in the imaginary cylinder above the rim.
c. If a player puts his arm through the cylinder of the rim to hit the ball.
4. Blocking is illegal if it impedes the movement of the opponent with or without the ball.

5. Charging is illegal when contact is caused by pushing or moving into a player's torso.
6. An offensive player with the ball is closely guarded if the defender is within 6 feet of the player.
7. Continuous motion occurs when a player attempts a shot and releases the ball before one of his teammates commits a foul. If the foul occurs before the ball is released, there is no continuous motion.
8. If the ball is hit into the air, the ball must hit the floor first before a dribble is allowed.


9. An intentional foul should be called when defenders create contact away from the ball and on excessive contact with an opponent.
10. When guarding an opponent, there is no minimum distance from the opponent as long as contact is not made to impede the offensive player.
11. A legal guarding stance is when the defender has both feet on the floor and they are facing the ball handler.
12. Contact between two opponents should be considered incidental if it does not interfere from their normal movements.

13.When setting a screen:
a. The screener may face in any direction. The screener must be stationary except when moving in the same path and direction as the defender.
b. When a screener approaches a defender from the side or front, the screener can be anywhere as long as no contact is made.
c. If a screener comes up to the defender from behind, the screener needs to give the defender a distance of one normal step backward without contact.
d. When a screener wants to set a screen on a moving defender, he must allow enough time and distance for the defender to avoid the screen.

14. High school basketball rules state that the principle of "verticality" needs to be preceded by a legally defensive guarding position.
15. From a legal defensive stance, a defender may rise or jump vertically. The defender's arm may be raised when he is on the floor or if he jumps in the air. If the defender moves any part of his body outside of his vertical plane, it should be called a foul.

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