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Old Fri Feb 08, 2008, 02:19pm
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NFHS Mechanic

I see this alot in College, but in high school it is not an approved mechanic.

Ball goes out of bounds baseline, offensive team keeps possesion of the ball. As the lead administering the throw in, his attention should be in the lane not when the ball is touched, so have the trail chop it in. Is there any concerns with that in the high school level or what is the reasoning behind it for not being an approved mechanic?
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Old Fri Feb 08, 2008, 02:25pm
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My thoughts are its just a college mechanic. I know in NC2A Womens, the trail chops the clock and the lead has the count. It makes sense if you are opposite of the table and the table cant see the lead chop, that the trail could help out. I wish they would approve it for NFHS.
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Old Fri Feb 08, 2008, 02:28pm
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They do not want it to be?

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Old Fri Feb 08, 2008, 02:58pm
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You have to consider the all the different environments in which the mechanic would be required to be implemented. You've got the schools where the table people have been doing their job longer than the officials on the floor. This mechanic would work okay there. Then there's the school where they pull some kid out of the stands 30 seconds before game time and tell him they'll pay him $10 to run the clock. You're lucky if you can keep this kid from missing the throw-in entirely because he just got an urgent text from his buddy about the hot girl from the V school at the snack bar. Teaching him to actually watch the official? That's rough. Teaching him when to watch the T versus the L, that's impossible.
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