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NCAA rules committee shelves talk of switching from halves to quarters


In this year’s NIT, the NCAA experimented with some potential new rules, switching from the traditional 20-minute halves to four 10-minute quarters. Sadly, that rule will not carry over to college basketball this season. This afternoon, the rules committee recommended a series of rules for the 2017-18 season, and although they discussed the change from halves to quarters, no action was taken. There was also talk of moving the three-point line back and widening the lane from 12 to 16 feet, but instead of sending those ahead to the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, they decided to “encourage conferences to experiment with these concepts next season.” Chicken!

Here are the rules they did recommend to the panel, which will meet on June 13:

  • Extend the coach’s box to 38 feet for the 2017-18 season. The coach’s box is now 28 feet. Committee members believe this will allow coaches to improve communication with their teams. “We believe this change will help our coaches, particularly when the ball is at the opposite end of the floor,” Dambrot said.
  • Reset the shot clock to 20 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court after a foul or other violation by the defense, such as a kicked ball. If more than 20 seconds remains on the shot clock, the shot clock will not be reset.
  • Make throw-in spots more consistent in the front court. The location of all throw-ins in the front court will be determined by the current rule, defined as an imaginary line from the corner of the court to the intersection of the lane line and the free-throw line. If the stoppage of play is inside this area, the throw-in will occur on the end line three feet outside the lane line. If the stoppage occurs outside this area, the throw-in will be at the nearest sideline at the 28-foot mark. Deflections will continue to be put back in play at the nearest out-of-bounds spot. Throw-ins in the back court will continue to be at the nearest spot.
  • Allow referees to use the instant replay rule in the last two minutes of the second half or last two minutes of overtime to see if a secondary defender was in or outside the restricted-area arc. If the player is in the restricted area, a block will be called on the defender. If the secondary defender is in legal guarding position and outside the restricted area, a player control foul will be called. The Big Ten and Mid-American conferences experimented with this rule last season.
  • A mandatory minimum of 0.3 second be taken off the game clock when the ball is legally touched.
  • Redefine a legal screen to require that the inside of the screener’s feet be no wider than his shoulders.
  • Adjust the officiating guidance in relation to the cylinder rule. If a defensive player straddles an offensive player’s leg in a way that prohibits him from making a normal basketball move – which now includes pivoting – contact that creates a common foul will be called on the defensive player.
  • Approve the Southeastern Conference’s request to use a separate individual or individuals to collaborate with the on-court officials on all monitor reviews during their league games during the 2017-18 season. This collaboration will take place from a central location that is not at the game site.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 Comments for NCAA rules committee shelves talk of switching from halves to quarters

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    4:06 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    I like redefining screens to get rid of that wide “sumo”-type position some guys use because they anticipate contact with the defender and because they want to cover more ground (wider body to move around). Besides being an unfair offensive advantage, the wide spread of their legs and feet presents a tripping hazard, and it has gotten defenders hurt.

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    4:10 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    I like the redefined screens for sure. Too many sumo screens as STE said above…
    I like the shot clock reset to 20 also…

  3. DrSayre
    4:15 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    How does TV Timeouts work for the Women’s game? If they went to quarters and only had one TV timeout (under 5 minutes), I think I would like that… That would essentially reduce the number of TV timeouts a half from 4 to 3.

  4. Realme
    4:37 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    What’s with the last one? What is the SEC trying to accomplish?

    • Aar
      5:56 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

      This speeds up instant replay reviews.

  5. CatManDo
    5:26 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Go to four 10 minute quarters, bonus foul shots at 4th foul – reset for each quarter, do away with 1 and 1 – 2 foul shots on all free throws except on 3 pointer of course.

  6. Mc12
    5:42 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Increase the foul limit to 6 to reduce ref influence

  7. catdaddyd
    6:41 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    I like the halves just fine. Would like to see tv timeouts at 8 minute intervals and limit coaches to 3 timeouts total. It would be nice if they called traveling, carrying and moving screens. Every block/charge call is a block unless it is a blatant runover.

  8. dgtuk
    7:31 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    The notion that we need to tinker with the rules every year is funny to me. It reminds me of the government which thinks we need more rules to live by and implement things that typically have unintended consequences. I find nothing SAD TT about the NCAA deciding not to implement the quarter system this year. Think we will all be just fine.

    How about they do something to stimulate consistency in officiating :).

  9. arussell09
    9:51 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Quarters instead of halves, shot clock reset to 20 if a foul occurs instead of a full shot clock, increase the foul limit to 6, and please allow the ball to be advanced to half court after a timeout inside of 1 minute (if not 2) at the end of the game. It’s time that men’s college basketball catches up with the rest of basketball.

    Stop taking players out of the first half if they pick up 2 cheap ones, make the game less about free throws by resetting the bonus after each quarter, and allow to teams to save timeouts for the end of the game to be used in strategic situations so they can have a chance to extend the game instead of having to heave the ball from 3/4 court or 1/2 court to tie or win the game. I love half court shots just as much as the next person, but it’s become a little gimmicky at this point. These players are essentially professionals already, allow them to play like it.