The FIBA central board approved some historic game-changing rules during their meeting on Friday and Saturday. These international rule changes will definitely have a huge impact on future FIBA-sanctioned play and will likely rile up some international basketball purists as there is little doubt that some of the new plans were influenced by the NBA.
The biggest rule-change is FIBA plans on extending the international three-point line from its current distance of 20 feet, 6.1 inches (6.25m) to 22 feet, 1.7 inches (6.75m)- a difference of 1-foot and 7 inches. The NBA three-point line is 23 feet 9 inches while the NCAA three point line sits at 19.9 (which will extend to 20.9 starting in 2008-09).
Other changes that were made include changing the shape of the painted-area (or 3-second area) from the current trapezoid to a rectangle which mirrors what the NBA currently does.
Another change being introduced to the 3-second area, is the “no-charge” semicircle meaning that a defensive player attempting to take a charge from an offensive player cannot have any part of their body within that semi-circle. If any part of the defensive player is touching that semi-circle, a charge foul should never be called. The distance of the inner edge of the semicircles is 1.25 meters (4.1 feet) from the center of the basket
If 13 seconds or less is being displayed on the 24-second clock during stoppage of play, the clock will not be reset to another 24 seconds, but to 14 seconds for the team on offense. If 14 seconds or more left, the 24-second device will not be reset and the time remains the same.
The above changes will not come into affect until late-2010 (October 01, 2010 to be exact) after the 2010 FIBA World Championships of basketball are held.
During the FIBA central board meeting, some minor changes were put into effect for the 2008 Olympics (and on) such as T-shirts may no longer be worn underneath jerseys in FIBA international play, a rule concerning excessive swinging of elbows as well as a few others. Get all the rules, for both 2008 and 2010, in detail and read the official FIBA article here…
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