By Jeff Portnoy
In an effort to increase scoring this season, the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules committee has amended two rules, one dealing with defending the player with the ball and the other the infamous block/charge rule.
This season, the following defensive moves will be illegal; 1) placing and keeping a hand/ forarm on an opponent; 2) putting two hands on an opponent;3) continually jabbing by placing hand or forearm on an opponent; and 4) using an arm bar to impede the progress of a dribbler
Simply touching a player is NOT an automatic foul
The goal is to require defenders to move their feet as opposed to using their arms , create a less physical game, and enhance freedom of movement.
The Rules Committee, in reviewing the block/charge issue, determined that two types of plays were difficult to call correctly. One, defenders moving forward at the time of contact, and two, the time frame when the defender must be in a legal guarding position during airborne shooter situations. Now, when a player begins his upward motion to pass or shoot, the defender must be in a legal guarding position.
It is hoped this change will allow the officials a longer time to view the actions of both the offense and defense.
Hope this will help you all enjoy watching the game and assist in criticizing the officials.
Tomorrow on Hoopstalk, ESPN 1420, Coach Gib will be our guest. Next week, Roy Willams of North Carolina will be our special guest. And dont forget the exibition game on Halloween. Hopefully no tricks, just treats.