Proposed college basketball rule changes
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee on Wednesday recommended several rules changes, the most visible being a restricted three-foot arc under the basket where the defender cannot legally take a charge similar to the rule used in the NBA.
If approved by NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel during a conference call on June 9 the arc rule change will be implemented this season (2011-12) in all three divisions.
By proposing the arc, committee members hope to limit the number of collisions near the basket on charge/block plays. The committee said it’s motivation was student-athlete safety. The one difference in college compared to the NBA is the college lane is 12-foot wide.
Other rule changes discussed at the rules committee meeting held Sunday through Wednesday in Indianapolis included:
* Timeouts: Coaches can call timeouts only during dead ball periods. One area of concern for coaches calling timeouts during live-ball situations is loose-ball scrums, making it difficult for officials to discern whether a timeout was called.
* Monitor reviews: Coaches can request a monitor review by officials at any time during a game. If the replay shows the coach was wrong, that team is charged a timeout. If the team has no more timeouts, the team is assessed a technical foul.
* Flagrant fouls: Officials would call “flagrant 1″ and “flagrant 2″ fouls. Flagrant 1 would replace an intentional foul. Flagrant 2 would replace the previous flagrant foul.
An example of a flagrant 1 foul would be a player who swings an elbow and makes non-excessive contact with an opponent above the shoulders. The team whose player was struck would receive two free throws and possession of the ball.
The committee reccommended removing the word “intentional,” because a player’s intent was never the point of the rule.
An example of a flagrant 2 foul would be a player who swings an elbow “excessively” and makes contact with an opponent above the shoulders. The player would be ejected and the other team would receive two free throws and the ball.
* Tardy timeout warnings: The committee advised if a team is late returning to the court after a timeout officials will warn the team. Any subsequent time a team is tardy the official can whistle for play to begin regardless if the team is on the court. No technical fouls will be assessed in these situations.
* Double fouls: If officials call a double foul the more egregious foul will be enforced. An example is if Player A reaches in and commits a common foul against Player B and Player B responds with an elbow that is considered a Flagrant 1 or Flagrant 2 foul. If in the bonus, both players would shoot free throws with the lane cleared, with Team A shooting last and receiving the ball. Previously, this scenario was considered offsetting fouls.
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