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Old Sat Oct 10, 2020, 03:48pm
BillyMac BillyMac is offline
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Originally Posted by WhistlesAndStripes View Post
For as much criticism as the NFHS gets in this forum (and usually deservedly so), I’m just curious to know if any forum members have ever served on or applied to serve on the NFHS Board or rules making committee.
I have suggested several NFHS rule changes, following official channels through my IAABO local and state board and my state interscholastic sports governing body, many suggestions that made their way up to the NFHS Rules Committee as an agenda item, three of which were accepted.

3-3-E Defensive Match-Up, 2003-04
4-22 Goaltending, 2015-16
3-5-3 Compression Shorts, 2016-17

All three were regarding poorly worded rules, or rules that had been unintentionally changed or deleted.

My last NFHS rule change suggestion was near the end of last season:

9-3-4 A player shall not purposely and/or deceitfully delay returning after legally being out of bounds.
Penalty: The ball is dead when the violation occurs and is awarded to the opponents for a throw-in from the designated out-of-bounds spot nearest the violation.
Rationale: Many officials don't call players for purposely delaying returning in bounds.


This would have made the penalty for a player purposely and/or deceitfully delay returning after legally being out of bounds the same as the penalty for a player leaving the court for an unauthorized reason.

This suggestion made its way through my IAABO local and state board, and my state interscholastic sports governing body, and was passed through to the final agenda items of the NFHS Rules Committee, but it wasn't accepted.
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