2015-2016 Rule Amendments - The Lowdown From The High Ups...

  • We have all heard that there will be amended rules for this coming season that will change the game. Most of us are only aware of the 35-second clock being reduced to 30-seconds… and also that there will be an effort to reduce contact, especially on the defense, to promote a more liquid game.

    But is that it? Uh… noooooooo! I just returned from a Sunday afternoon scavenger hunt: the goal was to round up ALL the rule amendments and additions. Fortunately, I didn’t have to put too much effort in to this, thanks to the NCAA’s very own website.

    Notice how many rule amendments deal with subject matter that has commercial ramifications.

    So here they are… read through them carefully, and perhaps look at the NCAA and their rules in a similar light as our US Congress and when they pass laws. Attention is only given to a few elements, while the quiet parts make a huge impact, too.

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  • Regarding the rule about coaches not calling TO’s, I swear the other night while I was at LSU the opposing coach got up and called a TO. I knew this was a new rule. Maybe since it was an exhibition they let it slide?

    Speaking of which, I did get to see Ben Simmons in his first collegiate action. The dude can run and pass. Shooting, at least Friday, wasn’t that good. But his court vision was something to see.

  • @drgnslayr I see a Marcus Smart rule has been enacted. Bout friggin time.

  • @drgnslayr I dont see the one about TV time outs. Nobody gives a flip about friggin commercials. Limit those damm things to one break per half. and then what ever at half time.

  • @wissoxfan83

    Not sure of the exact context of the timeout call that you witnessed, but a coach can still call a time out. just not during a live ball situation.

  • @SoftballDad2011 Thanks for the clarification. Now that you mention that I don’t recall what the context was.

  • @Lulufulu

    “I see a Marcus Smart rule has been enacted. Bout friggin time.”

    It is about friggin’ time! And especially now because the rule tightening will make guys want to flop.

    I’m expecting a lot of stiff, awkward basketball this year. Players are going to be thinking too much instead of just playing. Maybe it will be to our advantage in March, since that is what we do then anyways.

    Seeing that many marketing (branding) rules added makes me think a team of marketing wonks created ALL of these new rules.

  • They should try something like this:

    1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

    2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist.)

    3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed if he tries to stop.

    4. The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it.

    5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed.

    6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of Rules 3, 4, and such as described in Rule 5.

    7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the mean time making a foul.

    8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.

    9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on that side.

    10. The umpire shall be judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.

    11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.

    12. The time shall be two 15-minute halves, with five minutes’ rest between.

    13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.

  • @nuleafjhawk Are you talking about some hybrid of soccer and basketball?

  • @Lulufulu It’s the original rules of basketball. It was quite a different game at its inception.

  • @konkeyDong Ohhhh yeah! When the goal was a literal peach bucket. not a hoop with a net.

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