Remember all those fun potential rule changes the NCAA was considering back in April? Yesterday, the organization’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted on them, and sadly, one of our favorite ideas didn’t make the cut. The proposal that would allow officials to immediately give technical fouls for flopping was tabled, with the panel citing the need for further feedback from coaches. Boooo!
The panel did not support a proposal that would have allowed officials to immediately assess a Class B technical foul to a player who faked being fouled.
The recommendation would have eliminated the warning officials must currently give before assessing a technical foul. This rule began being implemented before the 2019-20 season.
The panel would like for the Men’s Basketball Rules Committee to gather more feedback from coaches over the next year on this proposal.
The Men’s Basketball Rules Committee proposed the change because members think adding the technical foul component is the next step in hopes of eliminating this tactic from the game.
Examples of what the committee wanted officials to watch for included 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.
The panel did vote to allow live statistics on the bench for coaching purposes and shot clocks that show tenths of seconds. The proposal that would change the maximum number of fouls from five to six with certain conditions may be used in the 2022 NIT. Not surprisingly, the proposed restructuring of media timeouts to reduce the number of breaks in game play was rejected, although the committee vowed to “continue to explore ways to improve the pace and flow of games.” Money (TV deals and advertising) talks.
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