Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Basketball Rules for the 2008-2009 Season

As we head into the basketball season there have been a few rule changes that you may be interested in…..

The following changes were approved by the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committee:

Three Point Line: A significant rules change for the upcoming season is the moving of the men’s three point line to 20 feet 19 inches. The women’s three point line will remain the same (19 feet 9 inches).

Uniforms: The two uniforms will be of contrasting colors with the opposing team wearing a dark jersey while the home team sports a white or light colored jersey.
Note: This rule may be altered by mutual consent of the competing institutions.

The use of an arm, leg, or knee sleeve is only permissible for medical reasons.

Officials Jurisdiction: When all three officials leave the visual confines of the court at the end of the game, the official’s jurisdiction has ended and the score has been approved.

Goal Tending: When the entire ball is above the level of the ring during a field-goal try and contacts the backboard, it is considered to be on its downward flight. In such a case, it is goal tending when the ball is touched by a student athlete.

Flagrant Technical Foul Penalty (WBB only): When a flagrant technical foul is committed in a game the ball shall be awarded to the offended team at the point of interruption.

In addition to the newly adapted rules official are expected to place extra emphasis on the following ….

Men’s Basketball Points of Emphasis for the 2008-2009 season:
Elimination of rough physical play.
- Illegal contact is prevalent in screening situations including the high screen set within the opponents’ field of vision and a screen set outside the opponents’ visual field.
- Coaching box restrictions/ Coaches behavior
- Palming/ ball carrying
- Charge / blocking

Women’s Basketball Points of Emphasis for the 2008-2009 season:
- Contact on and by the Ball Handler / Dribbler
- Traveling
- Sportsmanship

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