NCAA MBB Rules Committee suggests changes (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Go back with me to February 22.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O55rhjQh8VA 

With 11 seconds remaining and Syracuse down by two to Duke, CJ Fair got the ball on the left wing and drove to the basket.

Once Fair beat his man on the perimeter, Duke's Rodney Hood slid down from his man on the left elbow to the paint and took a charge.

In my opinion, it looked like Hood was still sliding over to take position as Fair started his upward motion. But let's be real. That was a close call and had to be hard to make live.

Before the start of last season, the committee reviewed film and noticed many of these plays were called incorrectly.

The NCAA rule book stated "especially on plays involving 1.) a defensive player moving forward toward the dribbler in an attempt to establish initial legal guarding position outside the restricted area, and 2.) the defender not establishing initial legal guarding position on plays involving airborne shooters/passers. The committee asked that an educational process be undertaken to improve the officiating calls on these plays." 

Basically, the NCAA men's basketball rules committee adjusted the timeframe at which the defender must be in legal guarding to when the airborne player started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a shot or pass.

Again, after reviewing film from this past season, the committee decided that those types of plays were too difficult to coach and officiate, according to NCAA.com.

Now the committee wants a stricter interpretation on charge-block calls next season.

To take a charge, the defending player must be in legal guarding position before the airborne player leaves the floor to pass or shoot. Also, the defending player isn't allowed to move in any direction before contact occurs (except to block a shot).

The committee met on May 7-9 in Indianapolis and if approved, these rules would become effective with the 2014-15 season.

All rule alterations must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel which, according to NCAA.com, is scheduled to convene via teleconference on June 25.

Furthermore, the committee focused on play in the post area, asking the officials to call plays as they are written in the rulebook: "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."

In addition to the focus under the basket, the committee also recommended an experimental rule to expand the restricted-area arc in front of the basket to four feet. The current restricted-area arc, which marks an area on the court in front of the basket where a secondary defender is unable to draw a charge, is three-feet in front. As an experimental rule, it can be used in multi-team events.

 

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