TOPEKA (KSNT) – New rule changes will take effect this upcoming season on the basketball court in hopes of speeding up the game. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Monday approved proposed rules to improve the pace of play.
Most notably in men’s basketball is reducing the shot clock to 30 seconds.
“I like it,” Emporia State men’s basketball head coach Shaun Vandiver said. “I like it a lot. I like what both sides have done. With us, I think everyone is thinking scoring is going to go up but at the end of the day the only way scoring is going to go up is if you have better players.”
Scoring in Division I men’s basketball dipped to 67.6 points per game last season, which reached historic lows.
“It could slow the game down a little bit but we’ll see,” Washburn men’s basketball head coach Bob Chipman said. “Let’s hope it’s a positive move. I know when I was a player at K-State we experimented with a 30 second clock and it was fabulous. I think the players love it, fans love it. I think it will be good for basketball.”
Another change is that teams can only carry over three timeouts to the second half. Plus, coaches aren’t allowed to call timeouts while the ball is live.
Also gone is the five-second closely guarded call while the player is dribbling.
In the women’s game, the biggest adjustment is moving from two halves to four 10-minute quarters.
One-and-one free throws are eliminated. Instead, fouls reset each quarter.
Once a team reaches five fouls in a quarter the opponent will shoot two free throws. After a timeout, teams can also advance the ball to half court in the final minute of the 4th quarter and overtime.
“It’s exciting,” Emporia State women’s basketball head coach Jory Collins said. “It’s always fun when the game changes a little bit. Obviously, the big changes are four quarters, the fouls, five fouls and no one-and-one anymore.”
“The four quarters gives you two more situations in the game where you can use a timeout and set up a play for a last-second situation so that will be exciting for fans,” Collins said. “Players will have to be aware of time and score. Advancing the ball from the backcourt to the frontcourt. That’s something that is going to have to be taught and drilled in practice and those kind of things.”
The panel also approved the expansion of the restricted-area arc from three feet to four feet in Division I men’s basketball. The arc will be effective in 2016-17 for Division II and Division III.
“March Madness is one of the best times of the year,” Vandiver said. “No matter Division 1, 2, 3 or Junior College the fans come out in droves. If it improves the game I’m all on board.”