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Eastern Oregon basketball players will be spending more time on the free throw line after a rule change by the National Federation of High School Associations was announced on Monday, May 15.

The national governing body announced beginning next year, high school basketball will shoot two free throws once an opposing team reaches five fouls in one quarter, not the previous one-and-one. In addition, fouls will now be counted by quarter, not by the half. The previous rule provided the bonus once a team reached seven fouls in a half.

The organization cites safety as the reason for the change.

“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.”

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) is a member of the NFHS and the new rule will be a part of the state’s basketball season.

The national organization also addressed and changed the following rules:

  • Establishes the official placement of a shot clock operator at the scorer’s table for those states utilizing the shot clock. Oregon implements a shot clock beginning next season.
  • Clarifies that multiple styles of uniform bottoms may be worn by teammates, but they must all be like-colored and adhere to uniform rules.
  • Allows teams to wear a single solid color or solid black for visiting teams with dark jerseys.
  • A player will be allowed to step out of bounds and return to the court if the player gains no advantage. A player is penalized only if, after returning inbounds, the player is the first to touch the ball or avoids a violation.

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