Women's Basketball Rule Changes for the 2013-14 Season

Nov. 7, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - With the official start of the 2013-14 season just under a week away for the Illinois State women's basketball team, the Redbirds had to learn a few rule changes before the season begins at Northern Kentucky.

Over the summer, NCAA committees approved several rule changes for women's basketball. Two of the rules changes simply reworded previous rules, while three rules are new to the sport.

The two rules that were adjusted from previous seasons focus on monitor reviews and elbow rules. With monitor reviews, a panel approved monitor reviews in the last two minutes of regulation and overtime so officials can look to see if a shot clock violation occurred and to determine who caused the ball to go out of bounds on a deflection involving two or more players. Additionally, it was approved that when officials have a question as to whether a shot was a two-point or three-point field goal, they will be allowed to signal to the scores table, and the play will be reviewed during the next media timeout.

Elbow rules were changed before the 2012-13 season, and the rules were rewritten for the 2013-14 season. When the officials use the monitor to review a situation that is not called on the floor, the only options are flagrant 2, flagrant 1 or no foul call. The committees felt the original intent of the elbow rules have caused too many flagrant fouls being called when they weren't appropriate. The intent of the elbow rules has always been to protect players and eliminate the rip move, where players were making contact above the shoulders of defenders. By allowing officials to review these plays on the monitor, the committees believe it will eliminate the non-deserving flagrant 1 fouls in particular.

The three new rules to the women's game this year begin with women's basketball media timeouts and the attempt to eliminate consecutive timeout stoppages in play. When a team-called timeout occurs within or up to 30 seconds of the scheduled media timeout (first dead ball under the 16-, 12-, 8-, and 4-minutes marks), it becomes the subsequent media timeout with the exception of the first team-called timeout in the second half.



For women's basketball, the committee approved a revision to the restricted area rule in the lower defensive box (the area on the court that starts at the second free-throw lane space to the three-foot area outside the lane to the baseline). When a player with the ball starts outside the lower defensive box area, a secondary defender must be outside the restricted area to draw a charge. When a player with the ball starts her move from inside the lower-defensive box area, a secondary defender can draw a charge and the restricted area is not in effect.

A rule that is coming back into effect for the first time since the 1981-82 season is the 10-second rule in the backcourt. Officials will use the shot clock to determine if a 10-second violation has occurred. The 10-second back court count begins when a player on the floor legally touches the ball in an effort to increase the tempo of the game.

ISU officially kicks off the 2013-14 season Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Northern Kentucky. After another road game at DePaul, Nov. 18, the Redbirds will return to Doug Collins Court on Nov. 23 against Colorado State.

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