Major rule change coming for High School Basketball


The National Federation of State High School Associations, or NFHS, which is the governing body for high school sports in the country has announced some major rules changes for boys and girls basketball that will go into effect in the 2023-24 high school season.

The 1 and 1, or 1 and the bonus free throw which come on common fouls 7, 8, and 9 of a half have been removed.  Instead, team fouls will reset at the start of each quarter, with two free throws being awarded for the 5th team foul of each quarter.

One of the reasons stated by the NFHS is that it will reduce the risk of rough play during rebounds of free throws, and it will also mean teams will not have to alter their style of play from quarter to quarter because of foul trouble.

From the press release from the NFHS
“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.”

Previously, teams were awarded the 1 and 1 in the 7th team foul of each half, and at the 10th foul and for every foul afterwards, they would be awarded two free throws.

This rule goes into effect for the start of the 2023 season, which for boys is on November 27th, and the girls on December 4th.