Rule 3 Questions from 1992 to 2007

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1. It is mandatory that the game be forfeited if a team has only one eligible player to participate.
1. False - Section 1 Article 1 Note

2. Team A is playing with five players, but has no remaining substitutes available when one of the players has an asthma attack. The coach is beckoned onto the floor. Ruling: The team may continue fewer than five players if there are no substitutes available.
2. True - Section 1 Article 1 Note - 2002

3. A team may begin the game with fewer than five players.
3. False - Section 1 Article 1 Note - 2005

4. It is mandatory that players numbers be listed in the score book in numerical order.
4. False - Section 2 Article 1

5. A team shall be charged with a technical foul if it changes its starting line up after the prescribed time.
5. True - Section 2 Article 2 - 2002

6. A1, who is designated as a starter ten minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of the game, becomes ill or injured before the game starts. Ruling: A1 may be replaced without penalty as illness or injury is an extenuating and unavoidable situation, which permits a substitution. However, A1 would not be permitted to enter the game later.
6. False - Section 2 Article 2a (Case Book 3.2 sit b) - 2004

7. A substitute becomes a player when he/she legally enters the court.
7. True - Section 3 - 2004

8. A substitute may enter between quarters without being beckoned by an official.
8. False - Section 3 - 2006

9. During a full time-out, A6 goes to the scorer to substitute for A1 after the warning but before the time-out is over. Ruling: The substitution will be allowed.
9. False - Section 3 Article 1a

10. During a 30-second time-out, A6 goes to the scorer to substitute for A1 after the 15-second warning horn but before the time-out is over. Ruling: The substitution will be allowed because A6 reported to the scorer prior to the end of a 30 second time-out.
10. False - Section 3 Article 1a - 2002, 2004

11. A team representative may make substitution between halves.
11. True - Section 3 Article 1b

12. Substitution between halves may be made by the substitute or a team representative .
12. True - Section 3 Article 1b

13. A time-out is granted to team A with play to resume by administration of a free throw. A6 reports to enter after the timer's warning signal has sounded. Although A6 has reported too late to enter,he/she may enter if the resumption of play is delayed because a Team B player is injured getting in position for the free throw and had to be replaced.
13. True - Section 3 Article 1c exception (Case Book 3.3.1 sit: b)

14. B1 commits his fifth foul and A2 is awarded two free throws. Prior to B1 being replaced, A6 and A7 report to the table to enter the game. RULING: A6 and A7 may not enter until A2's final free throw.
14. False - Section 3 Article 1c exception

15. No substitutions are allowed after a warning horn for a replacement of a disqualified player.
15. False - Section 3 Article 1c exception - 2003

16. A captain may request a defensive match up if two or more substitutes from same team enter during an opportunity to substitute.
16. False - Section 3 Article 1e - 2003

17. A substitute must enter the court as soon as the scorer signals his or her entry into the game.
17. False - Section 3 Article 2 1st sentence

18. A substitute becomes a player when he/she legally enters the court.
18. True - Section 3 Article 3 - 2005

19. Substitute, A6, is beckoned onto the court to replace A1. While heading to the bench, A1 commits an unsporting foul by swearing at an official. RULING: Penalize A1 with a technical foul and also charge an indirect technical foul to the head coach.
19. True - Section 3 Article 3 - 2007

20. A player is officially disqualified and becomes bench personnel when he/she is notified by an official.
20. False - Section 3 Article 3 - 2007

21. If a player is directed to leave the game because his shirt is out of his pants, the coach must replace him within thirty seconds.
21. True - Section 3 Article 4

22. Team B is charged, with a technical foul, for an excess time-out. Al is replaced by A6 during the clock stopped interval, and reenters during the same dead ball period to attempt the free throws. Both throws are successful. Ruling: The correctable error provision is in effect. Cancel both free throws.
22. False - Section 3 Article 4 (Case Book 3.3.3 sit: b) - 1992

23. Any injured player may remain in the game even if attended to by the coach if a time-out is granted.
23. True - Section 3 Article 5

24. A1 appears to be injured and an official properly halts play and the Team A ' coach rushes onto the court. However, A1 is okay and seems ready to play within a few seconds. Ruling: A1 must be removed as the coach came onto the court, or the coach may call a time-out to keep the player in the game.
24. True - Section 3 Article 5 - 2004

25. If an official stops play for a player who is bleeding, the player may remain in the game if a timeout is called.
25. True - Section 3 Article 5

26. A1 appears to be injured and an official properly halts play and the Team A coach rushes onto the court to check A1. However, A1 is OK and seems ready to play within a few seconds. Ruling: Since A1 was okay and little delay of time had occurred, he may remain in the game.
26. False - Section 3 Article 5

27. Team A has used all its time-outs and has only five players and no substitutes. A2 is injured and Team A coach enters the court to attend to A2. A2 appears to be okay. Ruling: Inform the coach that A2 must remain in the game and charge Team A with an excessive time out.
27. False - Section 3 Article 5 & Section 1, Article 1 Note - 2003

28. A1 is injured and the official beckons the coach onto the floor to attend to A1. After 15 seconds, A1 is okay and the coach decides to leave A1 in the game. Ruling: Team A must be granted a time-out in order for A1 to remain in the game.
28. True - Section 3 Article 5 - 2003

29. A1 is injured and time-out is taken to permit a doctor to administer aid. The aid to the injured player takes about five minutes and then the player is removed from the game. Ruling: Due to the length of the time-out, Team A is charged with a time-out.
29. False - Section 3 Article 5 (Case Book 3.3.5 sit:a-play b) - 1994

30. During a stop in play, an official notices A 1 is bleeding from a scratch and has excessive, blood on his or her uniform. The official directs A 1 to leave the game and go to the team bench. Team A then calls a 60-second timeout, during which A 1 is attended to by the trainer. Ruling: A1 may remain in the game provided A1 is ready to play at the end of the timeout.
30. True - Section 3 Article 6 - 2002

31. A bleeding player who has been attended to by the coach may stay in the game if the coach calls time out and the situation can be corrected by the end of the timeout.
31. True - Section 3 Article 6 - 2002

32. Officials discover blood on players Al and B1 simultaneously and direct both players to leave the by the officials, Team A chooses to call a time-out to keep Al in the game, while Team B elects to substitute B6 for B1. RULING: B6 must enter the game prior to the official granting the time-out for Team A. Al must be ready by the end of the time-out. B1 may not re-enter the game until the next opportunity to substitute after time has run.
32. True - Section 3 Article 6 - 2004

33. Bleeding A1 and B1 are directed to leave the game. Both may stay in the game if a time-out is requested by and granted to both Team A and Team B.
33. True - Section 3 Article 6 - 2006

34. In the first quarter, A2 receives a bloody nose and must leave the game. In the second quarter, an official notices small blood stains on A2's jersey. RULING: A2 may remain in the game if the blood is not considered saturated.
34. False - Section 3 Article 6 - 2006

35. If the officials stop play for a player who is bleeding, the player may remain in the game if his or her coach requests a time-out.
35. True - Section 3 Article 6

36. The official notices player B1 bleeding from the arm. The official calls a time-out and directs B1 to the bench for treatment. Team B coach calls a time-out and then tries to reenter B1 during the time-out. Ruling: Permissible because of the time-out.
36. True - Section 3 Article 6

37. A1 hits his head in an attempt to gain control of a loose ball and the officials rule him to have been unconscious. The team doctor says the player was not unconscious. Ruling: Unless the doctor states in writing that A1 may return later to the game, A1will not be allowed to participate further in that game.
37. True - Section 3 Article 7

38. If a player is determined to be unconscious, the player may not return to play in the game without written authorization from a physician.
38. True - Section 3 Article 7

39. During the first dead ball after the game has started, it is discovered that B3 is wearing illegal shorts. Ruling: B3 is directed to leave the game and must be replaced for wearing illegal shorts.
39. False - Section 4 (Case Book 3.4 sit: b) - 2002

40. A player for religious reasons may not wear shorts. The official allows the player to wear long pants as the uniform bottom.Ruling: Not permissible without state association approval.
40. False - Section 4 & Section 5 exception 1b

41. A team may have one player numbered 0 and one player 00 .
41. False - Section 4 Article 3

42. The numbers 0 and 00 are both illegal numbers.
42. False - Section 4 Article 3

43. A team member list may include both numbers 0 and 00.
43. False - Section 4 Article 3 - 2005

44. During the warm-ups, one of the officials observes that Al is wearing an undershirt that has one sleeve cut off and the other normal length. Ruling: The game begins with a technical foul on Team A.
44. False - Section 4 Article 6 - 1997

45. An undershirt must be similar in color to the shirt/jersey.
45. True - Section 4 Article 6

46. The only penalty for a player wearing an undershirt with ragged edges is removal of the shirt before further participation.
46. True - Section 4 Article 6 (Case Book 3.4.6)

47. A1's undershirt sleeves are the same length but are longer than his teammates. The official rules that sleeves may vary from one player to another. Ruling: The official is correct.
47. True - Section 4 Article 6 (Case Book 3.4.6) - 2002

48. Undershirts shall be similar in color to the torso of the shirt and shall not have frayed or ragged edges. Undershirts sleeves shall be the same length.
48. True - Section 4 Article 6 - 2005

49. The home team must wear white jerseys.
49. True - Section 4 Article 6b - 2007

50. It is legal to have the player's name on the jersey.
50. True - Section 4 Article 8

51. A1 is discovered participating with a visible manufacturer's logo on the shirt. The identifying logo is on the upper part of the shirt on the right side. Ruling: Technical foul on A1 because the shirt is illegal.
51. False - Section 4 Article 13 (Case Book 3.4 sit: a play a)

52. It is permissible for an American Flag to be worn on the shirt, provided it does not exceed 2x3 inches.
52. True - Section 4 Article 14

53. B1 fouls A1. Just before A1 goes to the line for a one-and-one, the official observes that A1 either pulls the jersy out of his/her pants or that A1's pants are partially below the hips. Ruling: In either case, A1 will be directed to put the jersey in the pants or pull up the pants and must leave the game immediately following his/her last free throw. The lane will be cleared and it will be B's ball for a throw-in, whether or not the last free throw is successful.
53. True - Section 4 Article 15 (Case Book 3.4.15) - 2004

54. Examples of players using their uniforms in unsporting ways are: 1) holding the uniform out from the chest area to display the team name to the opponent or fans; 2) pulling the uniform out of the shorts in an emotional display; and 3) removing the jersey either on the court or near the team bench, especially after a disqualification.
54. True - Section 4 Article 15 - 2005

55. If a player wears the uniform pants below the hips, he/she will be directed to leave the game.
55. True - Section 4 Article 15 - 2006

56. Team A is wearing a patch on its uniforms to honor one of its teammates who was injured in an accident. The patch is the school logo with his/her number on it. Ruling: This is legal.
56. False - Section 4 Article 16 - 2002

57. A commemorative patch may be on the jersey provided it is not a number and must be worn above the neckline or in the side insert.
57. True - Section 4 Article 16 - 2002

58. During warm-ups, Team A players are detected wearing undershirts that have individual numbers on the sleeve. The official tells them they must be removed before they can participate. Ruling: Correct ruling.
58. False - Section 4 Article 16 (Casebook 3.4.16 play -a)

59. The Referee must rule on the legality of any piece of equipment that is used by a player to protect an injury.
59. False - Section 5 Article 1 - 2007

60. Hard unyielding items (guards, casts, braces, etc.) on the elbow, hand, fingers, wrist, or forearm must be padded before a player is allowed to participate.
60. False - Section 5 Article 1a - 2004

61. A hard cast worn on the wrist is illegal, even if it is properly padded.
61. True - Section 5 Article 2a

62. The referee shall not permit any team member to wear a brace made of unyeilding leather on the wrist even though covered by soft padding.
62. True - Section 5 Article 2a - 2003

63. Compression sleeves may be worn on the arms as long as they are similar in color to the predominant color of the jersey.
63. False - Section 5 Article 2b - 2007

64. Knee and ankle braces are permitted but all exposed hinges must be covered while participating.
64. True - Section 5 Article 1c - 2003

65. Once a player has been charged a technical for illegal wrist bands or head band, the illegal apparel may be worn during competition.
65. False - Section 5 Article 2 (Case Book 3.5.5 sit:a)

66. Headbands may be no wider than two inches and may be only of one solid color.
66. True - Section 5 Article 2 excep 2

67. Two players from Team B are wearing white headbands. Team B's uniform is black. RULING: Team B players must remove the headbands as they must match color of uniform.
67. False - Section 5 Article 3 - 2006

68. Headbands and sweatbands for all of Team A's members must be the same color.
68. True - Section 5 Article 3a - 2007

69. There are three standards the referee should use to determine if a team member will be permitted to wear certain equipment. One of those standards is whether the equipment allows a player to gain an advantage.
69. True - Section 5 Article 4 - 2006

70. Al may wear tights which extends below the knee after being charged with a technical foul.
70. False - Section 5 Article 5 (Case Book 3.5 sit:a)

71. The penalty for wearing illegal compression shorts is a technical foul.
71. False - Section 5 Article 5 (Case Book 3.5.5 sit:a)

72. Compression shorts are legal if the length is above the knee and are similar in color to the predominant color of the pants.
72. True - Section 5 Article 5 exception

73. Once a player has been charged with a technical foul for illegal compression shorts, the shorts may be worn.
73. False - Section 5 Article 5 exception (Case Book 3.5.5 sit:a)

74. Religious and medical alert medals are not considered jewelry.
74. True - Section 5 Article 6 - 2004

75. One of the officials notices that player A1 is wearing a ring while participating. Ruling: A1 is charged with a technical.
75. False - Section 5 Article 6

76. During pre-game warm-ups, the officials notice illegal items of apparel on members of Team A. Items noticed include necklaces and bracelets. Ruling: The officials will notify the Team A coach that the team member involved must remove the items before continuing to warm-up.
76. True - Section 5 Article 6 (Case Book 3.5 sit:b) - 2002

77. When Team A starters remove their warm-ups at the beginning of the game, the U2 notices that all 5 starters are wearing knee high socks with a manufacturer's logo on the inside and outside of each sock. U2 instructs the players to turn their socks down so that the manufacturer's logo is not visible. Ruling: Correct Procedure.
77. False - Section 6

78. A1 is discovered participating with a visible manufacturer's logo on the shirt. The shirt is illegal. Ruling: Technical foul on A1.
78. False - Section 6 - 2004

79. A school logo is permitted on a player's headband.
79. True - Section 6 - 2006


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