There is some big news coming out of the NCAA women’s basketball rules committee today. And the biggest is that the game seems ready to bring the 10-second in the backcourt for the first time since the NCAA began administrating the sport in 1981-82.
Previously, teams could take as much time off the 30-second shot clock as they wanted before crossing the mid-court line. Officials would use the shot clock to determine if a 10-second violation has occurred.
Women’s intercollegiate basketball is the only level in the sport throughout the world that does not have a backcourt rule in place.
If this rule is adopted, the committee also recommends the closely guarded rule in the backcourt be eliminated from the rules book.
What this means is, that a player holding the ball for five seconds with a defender not exceeding six feet will be called for violation. Previously, the defender had to be within three feet to earn a five-second call.
In men’s and women’s basketball, the committee recommended that in the last two minutes of regulation and overtime officials can go to the monitor to review a shot clock violation and to determine who caused the ball to go out of bounds on a deflection involving two or more players.
Additionally, it was recommended that when officials have a question to whether a shot was 2-point or a 3-point field goal, they will be allowed to signal to the scorer’s table that the play will be reviewed during the next media timeout. The Big Ten Conference successfully experimented with this rule during the season in 2012-13.
In the last 4 minutes of the game and the entire overtime, officials will go to the monitor immediately to look for indisputable evidence as to how many points should be awarded for a field goal.
In men’s and women’s basketball, if a foul was called for elbow contact above the shoulders, the monitor may be used to determine if a flagrant foul has been committed.In a flagrant 1 situation, the player who was struck is awarded two free throws and his team gets possession of the ball.
In a flagrant 2 situation, free throws and possession are awarded and the player who threw the elbow is ejected from the game.
When a team-called timeout occurs within 30 seconds prior to the scheduled media timeout (first dead ball under the 16-, 12-, 8-, and 4-minute marks), it will become that media timeout with the exception of the first called team timeout in the second half.
And finally, in women’s basketball, the committee revised the restricted area rule in the lower defensive box (the area on the court that starts at the second free-throw lane space to the three-foot area outside the lane to the baseline).
When a player with the ball starts outside the lower defensive box area, a secondary defender must be outside the restricted area to draw a charge.
When a player with the ball starts her move from inside the lower defensive box area, a secondary defender can draw a charge and the restricted area is not in effect.