A rule change last season in high school basketball prohibiting excessive contact against dribblers has been expanded to include all ball-handlers on the court, including post players.
The revision in Rule 10-6-12 approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations Board of Directors states that "a player becomes a ball-handler when he/she receives the ball."
The acts that constitute a foul are a) placing two hands on the player, b) placing an extended arm bar on the player, c) placing and keeping a hand on the player and d) contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.
Last year, ball-handlers and dribblers outside of the post area became protected from excessive contact. Now adding post players will likely free up big men to maneuver better in the post.
The Basketball Rules Committee approved four points of emphasis for the upcoming season: post play, rebounding, protecting the free-throw shooter and NFHS mechanics and signals.