June 08, 2015

Rules changes for 2015-16

The NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee has announced several rules changes for next season.

The most noticeable change is that games will be played in four 10-minute quarters, instead of two 20-minute halves.

Teams will now reach the bonus and shoot two free throws on the fifth team foul in each quarter — no more one-and-ones. If a team reaches the bonus in the fourth quarter, it will remain in the bonus during any overtime periods.

Media timeouts will be reduced from four each half to one each quarter. Teams will have four timeouts per game (five for non-televised games), plus one more in any overtime period.

The 10-second backcourt rule that was introduced last season has been modified. Teams will not be subject to a 10-second count when the ball is deflected out of bounds by the defense, there is a held ball and the possession arrow favors the offensive team, or a technical foul is called on the offensive team while the ball is in its backcourt.

When a timeout is called following a made basket, a rebound or a change of possession in the final minute of the fourth quarter and any overtime period, teams will be allowed to inbound the ball from the sideline (at the 28-foot mark on the side of the court where the scorer's table is located) instead of from the baseline. (Notwithstanding Jeanette's 4.4 second run against Xavier, the committee felt this change would add more excitement to offensive possessions at the ends of games because teams would no longer be required to travel the length of the court after inbounding the ball.)

Defenders will be allowed to use handchecks with a forearm or open hand with a bended elbow on an offensive post player whose back is to the basket.

Bands or amplified music may be played during all dead-ball situations instead of just timeouts and halftime.

Click here for the NCAA announcement.

No comments: