Changes in how charge/block calls are made in men’s basketball and a 10-second rule in the backcourt for women’s basketball were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel during a teleconference Monday.
Under the revised charge/block call, defensive players will not be allowed to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a shot or pass. A block will be called if the defensive player isn’t in the legal guarding position before the offensive player makes their move.
This rule is expected to allow more offensive freedom, enhance the balance between offense and defense and provide clarity for officials when making a difficult call between a charge and a block.
For women’s basketball, a 10-second rule in the backcourt will be in effect for the first time since the NCAA started women’s championships in 1981-82. NCAA basketball was the only level in the sport that didn’t have a backcourt rule in place until now.
Other rules approved Monday in men’s and women’s basketball included monitor reviews in the last two minutes of regulation and throughout overtime to determine shot clock violations and who caused a ball to go out of bounds, as well as allowing officials to go to the monitor to determine flagrant fouls in regards to elbow contact above the shoulders.