FIBA Approves Changes to Official Basketball Rules

FIBA FIBA’s Rules Advisory Group made recommendations FIBA’s Technical Commission at its meeting on June 6-7. After reviewing all 32 proposals the Technical Commission approved 14 of them. The changes to the rules will take effect on October 1st, 2018. Last summer there was already a FIBA travel rule change.

Some terminology was changed. For example, “period” to “quarter” and “extra period” to “overtime.” This is meant to unify the terminology worldwide and used by all stakeholders.

Here are a few Articles which will see changes this 2018.

Article 29 “24 Seconds”

29.2.3 The shot clock shall be reset whenever the game is stopped by an official for a foul or violation
committed by the team in control of the ball.
In these situations, the possession of the ball shall be awarded to the opponent team that previously
had control of the ball. Then:
– If the throw-in is administered in the backcourt, the shot clock shall be reset to 24
seconds.
– If the throw-in is administered in the frontcourt, the shot clock shall be reset to 14
seconds.
29.2.4 When the game clock shows 2:00 minutes or less in the fourth quarter and in overtime,
following a time-out taken by the team that is entitled to the possession of the ball from its
backcourt, the coach of that team has the right to decide whether the subsequent throw-in
shall be administered at the throw-in line opposite the scorer’s table in the team’s frontcourt
or in the team’s backcourt.
If the throw-in shall be administered at the throw-in line opposite the scorer’s table in the team’s
frontcourt the shot clock shall be reset as follows:
– If 14 seconds or more is displayed on the shot clock at the time when the game clock was
stopped, the shot clock shall be reset to 14 seconds.
– If 13 seconds or less is displayed on the shot clock at the time when the game clock was
stopped, the shot clock shall not be reset but shall continue from the time it was stopped.
If the throw-in shall be administered in the team’s backcourt the shot clock shall be reset to
new 24 seconds or continue from the time it was stopped as defined by the rules.

The reason for this change is to shorten the time the offensive team has at its disposal for a shot, once a team is already in the frontcourt. To allow for more opportunities for a shot for a field goal during the game.

Article 36 Technical Foul

New rule: If a technical foul is called, 1 free throw shall be awarded. After the free throw, the game shall be
resumed by the team which had control of the ball or was entitled to the ball from the point when the
technical foul was called.

This was changed to avoid double penalty situation after a technical foul is called and to ensure the balance between
teams with the ball or without the ball.

Article 39 Fighting

Proposed new rule: Any team bench personnel who, after leaving the team bench area, is actively involved in
a fight shall be disqualified according to the respective articles (D-foul).

The is to penalize team bench members for leaving the team bench area during the fight on the court
differently (whether they are actively involved in the fight or not).

 

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