The Sideline – June 11

Eastern Hancock Youth Football registration set

The Eastern Hancock Youth Football League has opened online registration for the 2015 season and its youth football camp.

The camp, designated for players in kindergarten through sixth grade, runs July 20 to 23. The cost is $45 per participant.

Camp check-in is scheduled for 2 p.m., with sessions taking place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (kindergarten through fourth grade) and 4 to 5:30 p.m. (fifth grade and sixth grade).

Equipment issue dates for third-graders through sixth-graders will be conducted July 13 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A flag league (kindergarten through second grade) is available at $30 per player. The E.H.Y.F.L. Tackle League (third grade through sixth grade) costs $70 per person.

The first league practice is set for the week of July 27. League play will begin Aug. 8. Flag league practice times and dates will be shared through email.

Those interested in participating can sign up at by clicking on the following links: Fall Sports/Football/Youth Football. The deadline to register is June 30.

Payments can be made via credit card online or by checks payable to EHYFL to Eastern Hancock High School, c/o Jim O’Hara, 10320 E. 250N, Charlottesville, IN 46117; or Justin Swan, Youth League Registrar, 4316 S. 900E, Carthage, IN 46115.

Contact Swan at 317-498-1840/, Clayton Shultz at 317-413-2884/ or Jim O’Hara at 317-496-9304/


NCAA announces rule changes in basketball

Both men’s and women’s college basketball will have a different feel beginning in the 2015-16 season. This week, the NCAA approved multiple rule changes, including a major shift in women’s basketball.

Among newly adopted rules for women’s basketball are:

New format: Four 10-minute quarters will replace the 20-minute halves.

Fouls: Teams will now reach the bonus and shoot two free throws on the fifth team foul in each quarter. Team fouls reset to zero at the start of each quarter. If a team reaches the bonus in the fourth quarter, that team will remain in the bonus during any overtime periods.

Advancing the ball: Teams are allowed to advance the ball to the frontcourt following a timeout immediately after a made basket in the last 59.9 seconds of the fourth quarter and any overtime periods. Teams also may advance the ball to the frontcourt after securing the ball from a rebound or a change of possession.

10-second backcourt: Teams will not be subject to the 10-second backcourt count when the ball is deflected out of bounds by the defense, there is a held ball, and the possession arrow favors the offensive team, or a technical foul is called on the offensive team while the ball is in its backcourt.

Defense: Defenders are now permitted to place a forearm or an open hand with a bend in the elbow on an offensive post player whose back is to the basket.

Music and bands: Amplified music and bands may be played during any dead-ball situations during the game.

For men’s basketball, the following rules will be applied:

Shot clock: The shot clock will be reduced to 30 seconds. This is the first reduction since 1993-94, when it went from 45 to 35 seconds.

Increased arc: The restricted-area arc will expand from 3 feet to 4 feet. This change will take effect in 2015-16 for Division I and in 2016-17 for divisions II and III.

Timeouts and pace of play: Teams will have one fewer timeout (only three can carry over instead of four) in the second half. Officials will issue a delay-of-game warning when a team doesn’t break from a timeout in a timely fashion. After the initial warning, a one-shot technical foul will be awarded on subsequent violations.

Faking fouls: Officials can penalize a player for faking a foul.

Other changes: Allowing officials to use the monitor to review potential shot-clock violations on made field goals anytime during a game; making Class B technical fouls (hanging on the rim or delaying the restart of the game, etc.) a one-shot technical; eliminating the five-second closely guarded rule while dribbling the ball; removing restrictions on dunking in pregame warmups and at halftime.


Prep calendar


Boys golf: Muncie Central Regional at The Players Club, 8 a.m.


Basketball: Indiana All-Stars vs. Kentucky All-Stars at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (girls game at 5 p.m./boys at 7 p.m.)