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Old Sat Feb 18, 2017, 01:43pm
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Flashing Lights on sneakers

High School Fed rules: Are sneakers with flashing lights ( like little kids wear) legal? Don't know where in the rule book it says no but seems like they shouldn't be allowed.
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Old Sat Feb 18, 2017, 02:09pm
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3.5 SITUATION C: May a team member wear: (a) shoes which have a light
mechanism or have lights which are activated by heel contact with the floor; or
(b) gloves? RULING: No, in both (a) and (b). In (a), the shoes may be worn if the
lights are deactivated. In (b), gloves are not needed to play the game and are not
considered to be appropriate.

3-5-1: The referee shall not permit any team member to wear equipment
or apparel which, in his/her judgment, is dangerous or confusing to other players
or is not appropriate.

3.5 SITUATION A: What are the standards which the referee must use in determining
whether a team member will be permitted to wear certain equipment?
RULING: The referee must rule on the legality of any piece of equipment which is
worn to protect an injury. Protective equipment must be individually inspected
and approved using the criteria outlined. There are three criteria which determine
the legality of equipment. First, any equipment which, in the judgment of the referee,
is dangerous to others. In this respect, elbow, wrist, hand, finger or forearm
guards, casts or braces made of hard and unyielding leather, plaster, plastic,
metal or any other hard substance shall always be declared illegal “even though
covered with soft padding.” Thus, the rule does not permit that this provision be
set aside. The prohibition of the use of hard substance material does not apply to
the upper arm, or shoulder if the hard material is appropriately padded so that in
the judgment of the referee it is not hazardous to others. Knee and ankle braces
which are unaltered from the manufacturer’s original design are permitted and do
not require any additional padding/covering. Equipment which could cut or cause
an opponent to have an abrasion is also always illegal and, therefore, is prohibited.
It will be noted that the listing of equipment which is always illegal is not inclusive.
It cannot identify every item which is not permitted. The generalization is
required since the referee’s judgment is necessary. The second standard provides
that “any equipment which is unnatural and designed to increase the player’s
height or vertical reach, or to gain a competitive advantage, shall not be used.”
The referee is given no leeway here and judgment is not required. The third criterion
provides that equipment used must be appropriate for basketball and not
be confusing. In this sense, gloves, football face masks and helmets are not
acceptable. A protector for a broken nose, even though made of hard material, is
permissible provided it is worn molded to the face with no protrusions. Eyeglass
protectors are considered appropriate equipment for basketball provided they
meet the qualifications for legal equipment, including the third criterion.
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Old Sun Feb 19, 2017, 01:55pm
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Flashing lights on sneakers are illegal. I did encounter some situations and am looking for some feedback. (Did not research yet but think answers could easily be provided)

1) Photographer for home team is using flash during live ball action. He is only person on endline, it is a small venue, there is a small crowd, and it is very noticeable. Oddly, he only took pics using the flash while the home team players were shooting. Is it legal for a photographer to use this flash?

2) Student for home team in stands near endline has a shirt that contains dozens of flashing LEDs. While the visiting team would attempt FT's, the student would activate the LEDs so that they would flash, providing a distraction. Is the shirt legal?

3) home team fan/student is banging a cow bell during FT attempt by visiting player. Legal during dead ball? During live ball? Is this considered an artificial noise maker and thus illegal? I seem to recall a case for this situation.
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Old Sun Feb 19, 2017, 02:33pm
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1) Photographer for home team is using flash during live ball action. He is only person on endline, it is a small venue, there is a small crowd, and it is very noticeable. Oddly, he only took pics using the flash while the home team players were shooting. Is it legal for a photographer to use this flash?

3) home team fan/student is banging a cow bell during FT attempt by visiting player. Legal during dead ball? During live ball? Is this considered an artificial noise maker and thus illegal? I seem to recall a case for this situation.
1) If the photographer is between the free throw lane lines, the officials can move him outside the lane lines. (1-20: Non-playing personnel shall stand outside the free throw lane lines extended toward the sidelines throughout the game.) After being moved, if he is still distracting the players with his flash, have the site director deal with it.

3) A cow bell is always considered an artificial noise maker and is always (live ball, dead ball, sick ball) illegal (1-18: The use of artificial noisemakers shall be prohibited).
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3) home team fan/student is banging a cow bell during FT attempt by visiting player. Legal during dead ball? During live ball? Is this considered an artificial noise maker and thus illegal?
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