Rules changes

NCAA alters airborne shooter rule in basketball


(Thursday, June 26th)

(D1SN) - The NCAA is shaking things up again.

On a conference call Wednesday, the organization's playing rules oversight panel approved an alteration to the airborne shooter rule in men's basketball. The alteration returns the rule to the way it was written in the 2012-13 rulebook.

Starting with the 2014-15 season, defending players attempting to draw a charge are required to be in legal guarding position before the airborne player leaves the floor to pass or shoot. That differs from the way the rule was called in 2013-14, which allowed the defender to move in any direction before contact occurs. Now, officials will be expected to call a block if contact occurs and movement will only be acceptable when it's vertically to block a shot.

The NCAA noted that it gathered feedback from coaches, officials, coordinators in returning to the previous rule.



NCAA website