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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