Here is some more fodder for your studies as you prepare for college basketball season.
The NCAA released a video recently for fans and media heading into the season about some tweaked rules changes, along new new points of emphasis for officials.
Perhaps the most noteworthy change is not a rule change but an emphasis on calling traveling violations on the perimeter in the post, which have sometimes “become the norm” in college basketball, according to J.D. Collins, NCAA national coordinator of men’s basketball officials, in the video.
Most of changes has to do with the rules committee’s “on-going directive to reduce physicality to create freedom of movement,” Collins said.
It’s nothing like the changes going into last season, when Collins said 25 rule changes were implemented to create freedom of movement.
Here is the video:
The changes fall into these categories: physical play in the post (two rule changes), physical play in rebounding (three changes) reducing physicality to create freedom of movement (three changes); keeping defenders out of offensive players’ vertical cylinders; and adding an new type of “normal basketball play” for offensive players.
Highlights include, calling fouls on the hook-and-hold method for arm locking while rebounding; reinstating a coach’s ability to call timeout while his team has been granted the ball and before it is inbounded; allowing “walling up,” where secondary defenders in the restricted area under the basket can jump straight up with hands within vertical plane such as in an attempt to block a shot; and allowing players to shift the ball from one side of their body to the other either low or high as a “normal basketball play.”
The head coaches were provided these talking points over the summer. There also was an emphasis on coaching behavior on the sideline to “make the optics of bench decorum a minor part of our game,” Collins said.