NCAA: Rule changes affect men’s, women’s game

first_imgDespite consistently high television ratings, especially for its annual NCAA tournament in March, men’s college basketball has always gotten complaints from both the fans and media that the game is too slow, that there aren’t enough points being scored and it has even been said that the sport is “unwatchable.”Now, the NCAA is taking its first steps in addressing these complaints, and college basketball will look considerably different heading into next season.The NCAA announced Monday that they have officially adopted the proposal to shorten the originally 35-second shot clock to one that is 30 seconds. This appeared to be the rule change with the highest priority, as possessions will now be shorter in the hopes that it will lead to faster paced and higher scoring games.Additionally, to speed up the game, teams will now have just four timeouts instead of five, with no more than three carrying over into the second half. The restricted-area arc under the basket has now extended out from three feet to four in hopes of reducing the amount of collisions near the hoop.While these three rules will have the largest impact on the game next season, there are also some other, more minor rule changes including the elimination of the five-second closely guarded rule, allowing video review for shot clock violations throughout the entire game and allowing dunking during pregame and halftime warmups.Not just the men’s game is undergoing major changes. On the women’s side, games will be played in four 10-minute quarters as opposed to the traditional two 20-minute halves.The NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee believes that the new format will enhance the flow of the game, and as a result, teams will now reach the bonus and shoot two free throws after the fifth team foul in each quarter as opposed to the seventh team foul in each half.While it is to be determined whether these rule changes will actually enhance the flow and viewership of both the men’s and women’s games, it is clear that the NCAA is fully aware that improvements need to be made and these changes are hopefully a step in the right direction for the sport.last_img