New this Fall from the NCHSAA:’Mercy Rule’ for football and ‘Mercy Rule’ for basketball:Full details now available here

Posted by Andy Durham on April 30, 2014 at 11:53 am under High School | Comments are off for this article

Mercy Rule 42 points for Football and 40 points for basketball…

Just seeing the news BREAKING TODAY as the NCHSAA has come up with these new rules and more coming out on this late on today, but we do have this from twitter:

The mercy rule for football will be 42 points at halftime or any point thereafter. It will be 40 points for basketball at halftime…..
*****I guess if you want to keep on playing and you get a certain lead, you better go to work to keep the score down…..*****

The full breakdown from Nick Stevens and the crew at the HSOT at and this is coming out of today’s NCHSAA meetings….

•A football mercy rule has been added to the books effective this fall. Whenever the score reaches a 42-point differential (or more) at halftime or at any point in the second half, a running clock will be used or the game will be ended by mutual agreement of both coaches. The clock will only stop for timeouts, injuries, and scores. The extra-point or two-point conversion will always be un-timed. The clock will start on the kickoff when the ball is kicked.

•A basketball mercy rule was also added for the upcoming season. If the score reaches a 40-point differential or more by halftime or at any point in the second half, the game will resort to a running clock. The clock will run during free throws and all dead ball situations as well. The only dead ball exception will occur when a team or official calls a timeout. The game can be terminated at the 40-point mark by mutual agreement of both schools.

Approved at the NCHSAA Board of Directors Meeting
Among some of the items which were approved:

–approved dropping pod system for seeding for 1-A schools
–approved football mercy rule: if point differential reaches 42 or more by halftime or any point thereafter, game will resort to running clock with timeouts after scores or when called by teams, or will be terminated by mutual agreement
–approved basketball mercy rule; if score reaches 40 point differential at halftime or thereafter, game will resort to a running clock, including administration of free throws or all other dead ball situations, except for timeouts called by coach
–approved a 23-match regular season limitation for volleyball
–approved state association adoption to allow conferences to have shootouts in regular season soccer games after the two 10-minute overtime periods
–approved 2015 and 2016 football calendar, with August 1 date for beginning practice
–accepted incident and penalty report
–accepted ejection report, noting that fighting is down with ejections for fighting last year at 209, currently 145
–approved change to use now a different course for those ejected or disqualified: “any student-athlete who is ejected or disqualified from a contest is required to complete the NFHS Sportsmanship course before being eligible to return to competition.”
–increased minimum eligibility standard for officials on tests to score of 75; current standard is set at 65
–changed ejection/disqualification reporting protocol; athletic directors will no longer be required to submit report of ejection or disqualification, but will be required to send in confirmation email of receipt for that report; effective date would be August 1
–approved new regional supervisors of officials: Robin Forehand of Northeastern Volleyball Association, Steve Morgan of Northeastern Soccer Association, Charlie Jenkins of Southeastern Wrestling Association
–approved fine for non-compliance with concussion management course requirement, approving $500 fine per game for coaches who do not meet the mandate to take the NFHS concussion course or equivalent course
— incentive of one dollar per presale ticket sold by member schools back to the schools themselves for state championship football and basketball
–approved recommendation from swimming and diving advisory committee that referee and two stroke and turn judges be required for meeting using six or fewer lanes; a referee and three stroke and turn judges would be required for meetings using more than six lanes
–approved the NCHSAA implementing two year pilot program in basketball to assess administrative technical foul to offending team for non-compliance with uniform rule code; second year of program will assess direct technical foul to head coach for more comprehensive enforcement of uniform rule code
–approved regulation that licensed athletic trainers or first responders are required for all wrestling competitions
–approved that all testers/measures be certified and validated prior to start of wrestling season (skinfold measurer/hydration tester)
–change in weekly limitation in wrestling to include a quad meet in item 6 of the weekly limitations; it would read “one dual, one tri, or one quad plus one multi team event”
–changed timeline for coaches to complete NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Course, to “prior to the first playing date of the sport he or she coaches”, instead of the “60-day window”, effective August 1, 2014
— dressing for game or practicing: recommend change in Handbook to “dressing and being in the designated team area”…also add that “athletes who are disqualified or ejected during a contest will remain in the team area for supervision.”
–for individuals who qualify to regional or state individual playoffs: “schools that have individuals qualifying to the regional and/or state individual playoffs, after the regular season is over for the team (for the sport of wrestling, once individual regional seeding is completed), may work out or scrimmage one-on-one against students from another school where competition is not available at their own school. The number is limited to one partner for each qualifier advancing, whether from their own school or another school.”
–approved policy that students must meet “local attendance policies” instead of the current statewide policy: “A student-athlete must meet the local education agency attendance policy during the previous semester at an approved high school.”
–approved clarification that “once the seeding process is completed and the brackets have been finalized, no other team or individual will be substituted in or added to the brackets as a result of a change in the reported record (incorrect or adjusted).”
–approved increasing cheerleader registration fee to $25 for the NCHSAA cheerleading invitational and adjusting cheerleading invitational late registration from flat fee per team to $35 per cheerleader.


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