Fights--What do we do?

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Starting this year (2019-20) in addition to the head coach — any number of assistant coaches may enter the court in a situation where a fight MAY break out or HAS broken out — to prevent the situation from escalating.

While this is a great extension to the previous rule the problem still remains WHAT to do when fighting does occur, or when players come off the bench to join the fray.

As part of our “paramedic type training” we’ve compiled a cheat sheet that you can print and pop into your uniform bag that serves as a great pre-game review throughout the season.

This prompter suggests you ask yourself (and the crew) two key questions after a fight occurs.

  1. Were they on the floor participating or did they come off the bench (and participate or not participate)?

  2. Were there a corresponding number of players involved?

Flagrant taunting that causes a player to retaliate by fighting is also considered fighting.

Follow the guide to assess penalties properly.

Remember this when it comes to fighting it is always considered a flagrant act and can occur when the ball is dead or live.

Fighting includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: ● An attempt to strike, punch or kick by using a fist, hands, arms, legs or feet regardless of whether contact is made . ● An attempt to instigate a fight by committing an unsporting act that causes a person to retaliate by fighting.

The NFHS rules committee has given power to the assistant coaches so they can help diffuse these situations. Let’s hope it works !!

NFHS Rules Reference 4-18, 10-5-5 Note, 10-7

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