BASKETBALL FREE THROW RULE

by Alberto
(Puerto Rico)

Basketball Free Throws

Basketball Free Throws

I WANT TO KNOW IS THE RULE ABOUT WHEN THE PLAYERS CAN ENTER THE RESTRICTED AREAS OR LEAVE THE PLACES FOR A REBOUND IN A FREE THROW DIFFERS FROM NBA,INTERNATIONAL PLAY(FIBA) AND KIDS OR NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RULES.


IN THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL RULES THAT APPLIES ALSO FOR KIDS, THE RULE IS UNTIL THE BALL HAS LEFT THE HANDS OF THE FREE THROW SHOOTER OR WHEN IT TOUCHES THE RIM.

Can you publish the national federation of state high school association's rules?

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Sep 14, 2011
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Can't compare rules
by: yvette2255

The rules for high school are very different for the NBA. High school players should learn NFHS rules first, and then learn college as they move up. NBA rules DO NOT apply to high school. There is only one rule that is consistent from high school, NCAA, and NBA - Continuous motion a.k.a. continuation. That is another subject for another day.

Apr 30, 2010
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Free Throw Rule
by: Lee

When I played basketball in High School (1971 - 1973), the rule was that the players could not enter the lane until the ball touched the rim. It seems that rule has changed - at least in the pros.

It seems other rules have also changed. I see pros breaking the "Traveling" rule all night long, same goes for the "Carrying" rule.

Feb 11, 2008
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Can't publish the rules, but...
by: Joe Waters - webmaster

Hey Alberto,

Sorry, I can't publish the NFHS basketball rules on my site in their entirety, but check out my basketball rules page for more information. Once there, you'll find a link to the NFHS site.

To answer your question...the basketball has to hit the rim on a free throw before players are allowed to move into the lane.

Hope this helps!


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