Rule 4, Section 19, Article 4, Page 33: "A flagrant foul may be a personal or technical foul of a violent or savage nature, or a technical non-contact foul which displays unacceptable conduct. It may or may not be intentional. If personal, it involves, but is not limited to violent conduct such as striking, kicking and kneeing. If technical, it involves dead-ball contact or non-contact at any time which is extreme or persistent, vulgar or abusive conduct. Fighting is a flagrant foul."
Thanks for your note on flagrant fouls. Can you expand a bit? Now that we know that they can be called... 1) What's the typical punishment? (Is ejection automatic? Suspension for next game?) 2.) Does the official have any reporting obligation (let the conference or MSHSL know that Sandra committed a flagrant, so that the next game's official is aware, etc?). Does MSHSL collect any data regarding number of flagrants called in a year, etc?
1. A flagrant foul is automatic ejection.....which means that the player also has to sit out the next game that his/her team plays.
2. The calling official must report the flagrant foul call ASAP to the MSHSL (not the conference etc.). The official should fill out the form and notify the MSHSL when he/she gets home from the game that night or else early the next morning. This is needed so that the MSHSL can contact the school involved and make sure that they know that the player is suspended from the next game in case that team has another game the following night. The officials in the next game have no jurisdiction in the matter. They probably don't even know what happened in the previous game. It is the school's responsibility to know that the player isn't allowed to play. If the suspended player tries to play in the next game, the officials in that game cannot stop the player from playing. This is an issue between the schools and the MSHSL.
3. Not sure if the MSHSL collects and keeps that kind of information. I would guess that they have that information, but not sure what they do with it or how long they keep it.