To: MABO Officials, MABO Board of Directors
From: Cam B. Moskal, MABO Provincial Interpreter
Re: MHSAA/FIBA Rule Clarifications

Dear Officials,
Now that the high school basketball season is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to advise you of some of the unique rules that apply to all high school basketball games in Manitoba (Varsity and Junior Varsity). Although the following rules specifically apply to MHSAA games, MABO is recommending that we use these interpretations for all levels of play from high school and below; unless, of course, specific leagues indicate otherwise.
(NOTE: Zone basketball convenors and tournament hosts, may use their own flexibility for their specific basketball events.)

FIBA Rules 2012:
1. Article 4.3 – Uniforms
a) Art. 4.3.2 - Teams shall use the preferred FIBA numbers from four (4) to fifteen (15). However, MHSAA has approved, for their competitions, any other numbers with a maximum of two (2) digits.
2. Article 4.4 – Other Equipment
a) Art. 4.4.2 - T-shirts under the playing jersey are allowed as long as they are the same dominant color as the jersey.
b) Art. 4.4.2 - The FIBA rule stating that only “non-coloured transparent mouth guards” are permitted shall be disregarded. Therefore, mouth guards of any colour(s) are permitted.
c) Art. 4.4.2 - The FIBA rule stating that only “non-coloured transparent taping of arms, shoulders, legs, etc.” is permitted shall be disregarded. Therefore, taping of arms, shoulders, legs, etc. is permitted with any colour of tape.
d) Compression Garments: The following are permitted:
• Compression undergarments that extend below the shorts of the same dominant colour as the shorts.
• Compression stockings of the same dominant colour as the shorts.
• Compression sleeves of the same dominant colour as the shirts.
Since compression sleeves are allowed, by extension in Canada, we allow a compression undershirt with long sleeves as long as it is the same colour as the jersey.
3. Article 8.4 – Playing time, tied score and extra periods
a) Unless otherwise indicated, there shall be a half-time interval of play of ten (10) minutes.
4. Article 28 – Eight Seconds
a) MHSAA Junior Varsity games will play under a ten (10) second backcourt rule.
5. Article 29 – Twenty-four Seconds
a) MHSAA Junior Varsity games will play using a thirty (30) second shot clock.
6. Article 37 – Disqualifying Foul
a) Art. 37.1.2 – Under no circumstances shall the “Captain” replace a coach or the assistant coach who has received a disqualifying foul.
b) Art. 37.2.2 – Under FIBA Rules, “Whenever the offender is disqualified according to the respective articles of these rules, he shall go to and remain in his team's dressing room for the duration of the game or, if he so chooses, he shall leave the building.”
i. Most school divisions (Boards) do not allow a disqualified player to leave the playing court without proper supervision. If proper supervision is not present, then the disqualified player must remain on the team bench under the supervision of the coach(s) and/or school personnel.
7. Dunking during an interval of play – observe the conference/school/tournament rules regarding dunking and penalize accordingly.
Other Modifications/Official’s Protocol:
Please note the following modifications to the Official Basketball Rules 2012 and the Referees’ Manual 2-Person Officiating:
Timer Duties (Article 49.4)
In competitions where the FIBA Pre-game procedures are not applied, the following protocol will apply to the timer duties and official's duties during the pre-game and intervals between periods, as it relates to sounding of the horn and the official's whistle, as per Article 49.4:
The Timer shall sound his signal (horn) before the first and third period when 3:00 minutes and 1:30 remain until the beginning of the period.
The Timer shall sound his signal (horn) before the second, fourth and each extra period when 0:30 seconds remain until the beginning of the period.
There is no requirement for the referee to blow his/her whistle during these intervals.
[Note: If the FIBA protocol for introducing players (a suggestion in the 2 and 3-person manuals) at the 6-minute mark is followed, then the referee blows the whistle at 6:00, 3:00, 1:30, and 0:30 in addition to the Timer’s signals (above).]
MABO Pre-Game Protocol (for all levels of competition):
• Both officials on the court 20 minutes before game time, opposite the scorer’s table.
• Make sure score sheet is correctly prepared and that, 10 minutes before game time, coaches confirm list, indicate five starters and the Captain, and sign score sheet (Referee only to scorer’s table)
• 2:00 minutes, officials come across floor to table side
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Good officiating!

Cam B. Moskal
MABO Provincial Interpreter
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