The NCAA Rules Committee has approved experimental rules which will be applied in the 2017 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). The biggest change will be that team fouls will reset to zero at the end of 10-minute segments of each half, meaning they will reset at the end of each half as well as at the 9:59 mark in each half.
Another rules change which will take effect this 2017 is that the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds when the ball is inbounded.
In the experimental rule regarding resetting the team fouls, the one-and-one free throw bonus will not occur. Instead, teams will shoot two free throws in the following examples:
• Each team is limited to a team total of four personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls) during each 10-minute segment of each half.
• The first 10-minute segment of each half will begin when the ball becomes live to begin the half and will end when the game clock reads 10:00. The second segment will begin when the game clock reads 9:59 and ends when the half ends.
• When a team has reached the four-foul limitation, all subsequent personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls) will be penalized by two free throw attempts.
• Each team’s foul total will reset to zero when any 10-minute segment has ended.
• The rules regarding penalties for fouls in the act of shooting, flagrant fouls or technical fouls will not be affected by this experimental rule and will always result in two free throws unless the rules specifically say otherwise.
• In any overtime period, when a team has reached a total of three personal and technical fouls (excluding administrative technical fouls), all subsequent personal and technical fouls will be penalized by two free throw attempts.
This will have an effect similar to how fouls are reset at the end of each quarter.
The rules changes will be applied in the 31 games played during the 2017 NIT.
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