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The Block/Charge rule is likely changing… again


The only thing certain in life: Death, taxes, and referees seemingly missing the block/charge call. Although the rule was just recently changed this past summer, the NCAA rules committee is proposing yet another change to the block/charge rule. This time, it’s essentially a step backwards in order to “make this play easier to coach and officiate.” The whole theory behind the change made to the calling of that play last season was to encourage and allow more creativity and freedom for the offensive player when driving to the basket. The new rule attempted to eliminate the defensive tactic of sliding in at the last minute on a driving player to draw a charge.

This past season, the number of block/charge calls diminished due to the rule change, which was initially made in order to avoid as many collisions underneath the basket. In the season that just concluded, a secondary defender had to be in legal guarding position before the offensive player initiated his move to shoot in order to draw a charge. 

The new proposal states that a defender does not have to be established until the offensive player left the floor to pass or shoot. The goal of opening up the college game a bit more, and increasing scoring– which had been down in recent years, was aided by the new block/charge rules from last year. Scoring was up nearly 4 ppg in just one season with the new rules, which also included calling the hand-checks more closely.

For teams who play with a mentality to drive the ball to the basket (aka teams like John Calipari’s in many seasons, especially when utilizing the Dribble-Drive), the proposed rule change back to the old ways would not be ideal.

Although the rule is not final, we will know by June 25th whether or not the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight panel gives it the thumbs up.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

17 Comments for The Block/Charge rule is likely changing… again

  1. John Ellis
    7:04 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    It hardly matters. As we saw with Poythress in the final game, if UK is on offense, it’s a charge.

  2. L1C4
    7:14 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    Why is the SEC investigating the YUM Center? It should Be the ACC, duh.

    • Bernie Madoff
      8:09 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

      SEC = Security and Exchange Commission. AKA the reason why I am in the slammer.

  3. Chaz
    7:25 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter how the rules committee changes thing. They can say the defender must be in a handstand when the offensive player leaves the floor, the refs are going to miss the call 50% of the time. Sometimes it works for us, sometimes against us, it’s a judgement call. The hand check rule is much more important as the ball handler can’t charge or run into a block if the defender shoves him out of the driving lane.

  4. Derp
    7:45 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    Ally, I think you have it wrong. What I read said that the rule would be same as last year with the addition of the defender not being allowed to move his body while the offensive player is airborne

  5. NCAA
    7:50 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    You see, we REALLY want Duke to make it to the Round of 32.

  6. Wow
    8:26 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter, when we play on the road in the SEC the refs are going to call every call against us because well… They suck. Go back an watch the Arkansas game at Arkansas. It’s truly terrible how bad the refs. There are 8 times i an row where Arkansas took a few steps into the paint and it was an automatic foul and we could get hacked and no call.

    Plus the refs are super inconsistent in the hand checking rules and about EVERY SINGLE CALL. It’s not that hard to be consistent but they are won over by the home crowd most of the time. NCAA REFS SUCK is my point

    • ukbradstith
      12:20 am May 10, 2014 Permalink

      We get far more calls than we lose. Get real.

  7. TheDecker
    9:15 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    The refs call the Block/charge wrong 90% of the time. They bail out the defender for not playing defense, and eadily the most frustrating call in basketball. Make the defender actually play defense and make them make a play on the ball.

    • lonnieb
      9:21 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. They should reward good D and not reward someone for standing in the lane not trying to play defense

  8. lonnieb
    9:20 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    I agree with guy above that hand checking fouls are much more important.
    I also think if the shot/floater is released or the pass has already been made prior to contact it should be an auto block if the defender tries to draw a charge. If the D is far enough off the player that he has already made the shot/pass it is ridiculous to call a charge. There is no play that is more frustrating than when a guy on the break throws a pass to the guy in the corner and he has already shot and then the defender draws a charge as the offensive player passing is landing.

  9. RichieFarmer'sMustache
    9:51 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    That’s the gayest flop I’ve ever seen.

    • Wink wink
      10:18 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

      I see where you’re going with that…. Good eye sir, good eye.

  10. Usefulijit
    10:25 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    Doesn’t matter what the rules committee says. The refs will make up their own rules and do what they want anyway.

  11. ilikebourbon
    10:59 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    I think they should reduce the shot clock time. That would speed up the game and make it more exciting. 35 seconds is silly IMO.

  12. Rixter
    9:00 am May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Here’s a rule that would work: in order for it to be an offensive foul, the defender must remain on his feet. If he hits the floor, it’s an automatic block. That eliminates flopping. If the offensive player initiates contact, and the defender holds his ground, charge.

  13. Chris K
    12:57 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    The Offensive implications of these rules as they pertain to UK should not be as important as to how they alter our defense. With a team as big as UK, with massive players, length and athleticism, the less freedom an offensive player has, they more UK can stop the opponents offense.

    UK has a lot of scoring options, they just need to be allowed to use their large bodies and length.

    I felt last year’s rule changes took away UK’s natural defensive abilities, although the season stats may prove different.