What happens when their is a "T" on bench personnel?(VIDEO AT END IS GREAT)

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

This play happened yesterday evening ----Read this thoroughly because it seems as if we have this occur at least once a season!

It is my hope that we are handling this properly and this post will clear up any wrongful interpretations.

First and foremost the Head Coach is responsible for everyone on the bench--His actions and behavior and the actions and behavior of all players, assistant coaches, managers, statisticians, trainers...Everyone on the bench!

Another "Most Don't Know Moment !" is that when a HC is notified that one of their player's has been issued their 5th foul, the player becomes bench personnel and if they are accessed a technical foul for their behavior or actions, it is a bench technical that is indirect to the HC and is also a foul documented toward the count towards the bonus. The Head Coach must sit for the remainder of the game.

If anyone misbehaves and I will repeat "ANYBODY", it is on the Head Coach to maintain his bench's behavior. If a technical foul is called, and it is on a player...Identify that player in the scorebook and assign it. It is still a Bench Technical and is added to the team fouls for bonus purposes.

If the official is unable to identify that it is a player or that it is a non-player, the team will receive a Bench Technical. It will be noted at the bottom of the scorebook as such and it will count toward the Team totals for bonus purposes.

In both scenarios, this is an Indirect Technical Foul on the Head Coach for failure to maintain bench decorum and that HC will lose his right to stand and coach for the remainder of the contest.

This will go toward the technical foul count that could lead to ejection. Ejection can occur in several ways if technical fouls are assessed. First, Two Direct Technical fouls are issued. 2nd, A combination of 1 direct technical and 2 indirect technical fouls. 3rd, the HC can be ejected on the 1st direct technical foul if the official deems his conduct egregious and he/she then has the authority to do so.

Not enforcing the rules, such as not having the HC be required to it is creating a festering problem. It is not doing any crews who work any of that team's games that follow, any favor whatsoever when they do enforce the rule requirements.

We have heard on occasion that the crew have said " He is a nice guy and we told him he could stand if he behaved". This is not a judgement call, this is a rule application, We need to do it correctly, every time!

The first thing members of that crew will here is "The same thing happened the other night and I didn't have to sit", Remember too, who is watching, The Head Coach of the other team playing that night and because of your lack of enforcement they will think that is the way the rule is implemented and then it moves on and on. We sit it night after night with the lack of enforcement of the uniform guidelines.

Here is the Video, again with an easy to understand explanation of the Bench Technical rule.


Here is the rule, the 1st line is important!


The head coach is responsible for his/her own conduct and behavior, as well as substitutes, disqualified team members and all other bench personnel. Bench personnel, including the head coach, must not: ART. 1 . . . Commit an unsporting foul. This includes, but is not limited to, acts or conduct such as: a. Disrespectfully addressing an official. b. Attempting to influence an official’s decision. c. Using profane or inappropriate language or obscene gestures. d. Disrespectfully addressing, baiting or taunting an opponent. NOTE: The NFHS disapproves of any form of taunting which is intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule or demean others under any circumstances including on the basis of race, religion, gender or national origin. e. Objecting to an official’s decision by rising from the bench or using gestures. f. Inciting undesirable crowd reactions. g. Being charged with fighting. h. Removing the jersey and/or pants/skirt within the visual confines of the playing area. i. Grasping either basket except to prevent injury; dunking or attempting to dunk or stuff a dead ball.

And article 4 addresses what the HC can and cannot do if a Bench technical is assessed'

Bench personnel, including the head coach, must not:

ART. 4 . . . Stand at the team bench while the clock is running or is stopped, and must remain seated, except:

a. The head coach as in 10-6-1.

b. When a team member is reporting to the scorer’s table.

c. During a charged time-out, as in 5-11, or the intermission between quarters and extra periods.

d. To spontaneously react to an outstanding play by a team member or to acknowledge a replaced player(s), but must immediately return to his/her seat.

And in Article 5 the HC may:

ART. 5 . . . Leave the confines of the bench during a fight or when a fight may occur.

NOTE: The head coach and any number of assistant coaches may enter the court in the situation where a fight may break out – or has broken out – to prevent the situation from escalating.

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