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Did you hate the new block/charge rule implemented this season? Well, so did the NCAA rules committee that passed it, it appears. Belmont head coach and NCAA men’s basketball committee chair Rick Byrd says an adjustment to that rule is one of the many the NCAA is proposing for next season.

According to the NCAA, the “adjusted” rule would be as follows:

“In order to take a charge, the alteration will require a defending player to be in legal guarding position before the airborne player leaves the floor to pass or shoot. Additionally, the defending player is not allowed to move in any direction before contact occurs (except vertically to block a shot)”

(Side note: It’s not a new rule, but a rule “adjustment” Next year is a non-rule change year, except for safety reasons, but they are allowed to adjust new existing rules in those years.)


Points of Emphasis

One of this upcoming year’s point of emphasis is on speeding up the game, a necessity many would say was created by last year’s rule changes. (But I digress) To do that, officials are expected to more harshly enforce the 20-second rule to substitute a player when they foul out, and make teams leave the huddle after the first whistle.

Of course, fouls are also being addressed, this time focused on post play. There are no new rules here, but they’re reminding officials of the official rules, which they want to be enforced. Those guidelines are:

  • A defensive player pushing a leg or knee into the rear of the offensive player shall be a personal foul on the defender.
  • An offensive player dislodging a defensive player from an established position by pushing or backing in shall be a personal foul on the offensive player.
  • A player using the “swim stroke” arm movement to lower the arm of an opponent shall be charged with a personal foul.
  • Post players using hands, forearms or elbows to prevent an opponent from maintaining a legal position shall be charged with a personal foul.


More Reviews?

There is also a new rule interpretation involving monitor reviews in the last two minutes. Essentially, a shot clock violation can be reviewed ONLY if the shot is good, or there is an offensive rebounding.


Looking to the Future

Next summer is a rule-change year, and there could be some changes. In this season’s preseason NIT, the teams will play with a few experimental rules, likely including a widened “no-charge” arc under hoop, and an NBA-length three-point line. If they like it, Byrd told Yahoo! Sports they will discuss implementing 2015-16.

Men could also adopt the new timeout rule used by women, meant to reduce the number of timeouts in a game. When a team calls a timeout within 30-seconds of the next media timeout, (i.e. 16:02) that timeout becomes the media timeout. According to Yahoo!, there will also be a discussion on reducing the number of timeouts from 5.

Don’t look for a shot-clock change, or a wider lane. Neither rule change appears to have support.


All these recommendations must now be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to convene via teleconference on June 25.

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2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)