The NCAA’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Rules Committee met in Arizona this week and they have made three commendations for rule changes for the upcoming season:
- A secondary defender would be prohibited from establishing position in the area from the front of the rim to the front of the backboard, and he would be required to establish position outside that area to draw a charge or player-control foul.
- The nonsense of substituting for a free throw shooter who has been injured would be changed. As we have seen repeatedly through the years, this has often resulted in a poor free throw shooter being replaced by a much better shooter. The proposal would allow the opposing coach to choose the player who would attempt the free throws from the four remaining players on the court.
- Replay could be used by officials to use a use a monitor in order to review a play and determine if a flagrant foul occurred. When a flagrant foul has not occurred, the committee would allow the officiating crew to penalize a player with an intentional personal or a technical foul for contact.
Regarding the new rule in the paint, I cannot see how this rule will be objectively enforced, and the way I see it, it will be even more of a judgement call than a charge/block foul is already. The game moves quickly, and referees already have a difficult time seeing the entire court as it is, and whether a player is entirely under the rim, partially under the rim or just outside the forbidden zone will be a tough call to make — especially from an acute angle, which is often where the referees stand during halfcourt sets. The only way I see to increase the accuracy of this call would be to additionally adopt the restricted ‘paint in the paint’ arc that the NBA has. Refer to the diagram to the right for more info on the differences between the college and the pro game.
As for the foul-shooter rule, this is something long, long overdue. The injury-substitution rule has been abused for some time and even though it may give a disadvantage to the shooting team, it will eliminate the shenanigans of a player getting ‘hurt’ then being substituted for only to stand at the scorer’s table seconds later ready to come back in.
Finally, the flagrant foul replay seems to be another small step towards in-general replay usage, which I can see the NCAA eventually adopting, particularly in the NCAA Tournament. For games that are untelevised, even this system would not necessarily be helpful, but it could definitely help the refs make the right call in the long run.
The proposed changes must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to next meet on June 3.