Timeout for Blood?

By Tim Malloy

A coach removes their player from the game because of bleeding and requests a 30 second time out.

At the end of this time out, the player is ready to play.

Is the team required to use a 60 second timeout to keep a player in the game or can they choose to use one of their 30 second timeouts in this case?

What’s your ruling?

The coach may use either a 30 second or 60 second time out to keep their player in the game, provided the timeout is requested prior to the start of the timer for the “replacement interval” and the player is ready to go at the conclusion of the 30 second time out.  

If allowed (not at the end of regular play or intermission) they can use successive timeouts as well.

NFHS Reference: 3-3-7

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