The NCAA is considering a new rule that would penalize any and all flopping in college basketball.
On Friday, the NCAA’s rules committee recommended a rule change that would make all instances of flopping punishable by technical foul without warning. You flop or embellish contact, you’re getting T’d up under this new proposed rule to crack down on the game’s imitating of soccer.
Under this proposal, officials would no longer issue a warning on the first occurrence when they judge that a player is faking being fouled. Instead, officials would assess a Class B technical foul to the player each time they judge a player is embellishing being contacted, and the opposing team would receive one free-throw shot. The player whistled for feigning a foul would not be assessed a personal foul.
Examples of what officials will watch for include players involved in block/charge plays, players falling to the court despite not being contacted after field goal attempts, dribblers who bob their heads to simulate being contacted and players who act like they were the recipient of contact despite not being touched.
Only a recommendation for a rule change today, the no-warning change still needs to be approved before it can go into effect. The NCAA panel is set to meet to discuss matters like this one and others on July 3.
Colorado head coach Tad Boyle, the rules committee’s chair, said, “After two years of using warnings, we didn’t feel like we were getting the results that we wanted. We are trying to get flopping out of our game. We’re asking the officials to call them when they happen.”
It’d be nice if they could get this done before the upcoming season when Kentucky has big Oscar Tshiebwe inside.