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Basketball Rules Changes - 2018-19

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1-12-1c: It shall have a deeply-pebbled, granulated surface, with horizontally shaped panels bonded tightly to the rubber carcass.  

Rationale: The additional words give manufacturers a better sense of what a deeply-pebbled cover should look like.  

9-9-1: A player shall not be the first to touch the ball after it has been in team control in the frontcourt, if he/she or a teammate last touched or was touched by the ball in the frontcourt before it went to the backcourt. EXCEPTION: Any player located in the backcourt may recover a ball deflected from the frontcourt by the defense.  

Rationale: To ensure that a team is not unfairly disadvantaged on a deflected pass.


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The SMOA has served high school sports officials in the Metropolitan Detroit area since it was established in 1947.  The emphasis of the association is on training and mentoring officials.  The SMOA is an approved officials organization with the Michigan High School Athletic Association. The SMOA does not assign games, however assigners agree to consider the SMOA and its members when they are making their assignments.


Educate our members through clinics, programs, and meetings designed to improve the quality of officiating   Provide a high caliber of officiating during interscholastic contests between MHSAA member schools.   Maintain “Approved Association” status as defined by the MHSAA.   Provide mutual support to SMOA members through a professional approach to athletic officiating in all MHSAA sanctioned sports.   Promote the MHSAA  “Code for Athletic officials”

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