Rule changes for winter sports take effect
The high school boys’ basketball and wrestling seasons officially begin today (Monday), and changes that the National Federation of High School (NFHS) Associations made earlier this year will take effect as the athletes take the court or the mat.
In wrestling, forfeits will no longer count toward a wrestler’s daily match limit. Wrestlers are limited by rule to five matches in a day, in order to prevent undo fatigue and resulting injuries. Since there is little effort required to accept a forfeit, the NFHS committee decided that the win should not count as one of the wrestler’s five allowed matches.
The committee also approved an article regarding wrestlers with artificial limbs — the wrestlers who have been approved by their state associations to wear an artificial limb must weigh in accordingly, and cannot remove the limb during competition.
Committees for both basketball and wrestling rules decided that electronic devices for video recording, for review by wrestlers and coaches, and for use in coaching and gathering stats at a basketball game is allowed. Electronic equipment cannot be used for communication between coaches and athletes in either sport, nor can it be used to review a decision by contest officials in a basketball game.
Other rule revisions for basketball include adding leg-compression sleeves to the requirements for arm compression sleeves and allowing a single, visible manufacturers’s logo on jerseys.
Leg compression sleeves are to be white, black, beige or a single, solid school color; they must be the same color for each team member; they must meet logo requirements; and they may only be worn for medical reasons.
Logos on jerseys must be no more than 2 1/4 square inches and have no dimension more than 2 1/4 inches.