The National Federation of State High School Associations is changing the rules for free throws and fouls for the next basketball season, the organization announced in a release.
Teams will now shoot two free throws for common fouls when in the “bonus,” whereas previously they would shoot one-and-one.
The rule on when the bonus is awarded has also been changed. Previously, teams would receive one if their opponent committed seven fouls in a half. Now, the bonus is reached for five fouls in a quarter, and the fouls are reset at the end of each quarter.
“The rules committee studied the data showing a higher rate of injury in rebound situations and saw this as an opportunity to reduce the opportunities for foul play during rebounds. ,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS Director of Sports and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee. “Additionally, resetting fouls each quarter will improve the flow of the game and allow teams to adjust their play by not carrying foul totals into quarters two and four.”
Several other minor rules were changed or modified, including establishing the official placement of the shot clock on the scorer’s table and rules for uniform bottoms and undershirts.