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Hoops rule change eliminates bonus free throw in high school

High school basketball fans will no longer be hearing the phrase, “bonus free throw,” or “one and one,” starting this coming season.  

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee approved last month a rule change regarding free throws, when it met for its annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The NFHS Board of Directors then approved what the rules committee had earlier agreed to.  

Going forward, when teams reach five team fouls before the end of a quarter, the player who is fouled now receives two free throws for that infraction and each subsequent foul for the rest of that quarter. The number of team fouls will then revert back to zero and the count begins again when the new quarter begins.  The rule change eliminates the one-and-one scenario. 

Previously, teams were awarded the one-and-one bonus when their opponents committed seven fouls in a half and two foul shots when 10 fouls were committed each half.

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