Use Of Instant Replay Headlines WNBA Rule Changes

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 The Draft Lottery is done. The next collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners is not.  But in the meantime, the WNBA Board of Governors has approved six rules changes for the upcoming 2014 season.

At the forefront is the league’s decision to join the instant replay. It may now be used during the last minutes of a game or at any point in any overtime period under certain circumstances:

    • When reviewing a block/charge play to determine whether the defender was inside or outside the restricted area, officials will now be permitted to reverse a charge call, or uphold a blocking call, when the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began her upward shooting motion.
    • To determine if a whistled goaltending or basket interference was correctly called.
    •   Instant replay may now also be used at any point within a game:To determine whether an off-ball foul occurred before or after a player has started her shooting motion on a successful shot attempt, or before or after the ball was released on a throw-in. To permit the officials to assess the appropriate penalties of any unsportsmanlike and unnecessary acts (e.g. flagrant fouls) that are observed during the instant replay reviews.

In addition: On clear-path-to-the-basket fouls, it will no longer be considered a clear-path foul if, at any point before the foul is committed, the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the front court.

A team on offense will lose possession if its player leaves the floor and does not immediately return to the floor, unless she is injured, attempting to save the ball or in other extenuating circumstances.

 Each of these rules was recommended by the WNBA’s Competition Committee at its meeting on Dec. 4.

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