Men’s Basketball Playing Rules Changes Effective for the 2020–21 Season and Men’s and Women’s Basketball Experimental Rules Opportunities

June 9, 2020

Men’s Basketball Playing Rules Changes Effective for the 2020–21 Season and Men’s and Women’s Basketball Experimental Rules Opportunities

Below is a link to the two men’s basketball playing rules changes recommended by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee and approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel during a videoconference last week. [Note: The NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee did not recommend any rules changes for the 2020–21 season.]

In addition to these two rules changes, please be reminded that the rule previously approved to extend the three-point line for Divisions II and III men’s basketball has been delayed until the 2021–22 season.

On behalf of the committees, thank you to all commissioners, directors of athletics and head coaches who participated in the rules surveys and/or the two-week comment period offered by the committees. The feedback received was very helpful and assisted the committees in their work.

Men’s Basketball Rules Changes

Please note that for the 2020–21 season, the women’s committee plans to experiment with the international three-point line for postseason events, excluding the NCAA championships. Like last year, both the men’s and women’s rules committees also plan to continue experimenting with the use of technology in the bench area for coaching purposes during competition. Additional information regarding these opportunities will be sent July 1 to all Division I, II and III conference commissioners.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dan Calandro (dcalandro@ncaa.org; 317–917–6604) or Rachel Seewald (rseewald@ncaa.org ; 317–917–6141), the staff liaisons for the men’s and women’s basketball rules committees, respectively.

Tad Boyle, Chair, NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee
Linda Cimino, Chair, NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee
Art Hyland, Secretary-Rules Editor, NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee
Jon Levinson, Secretary-Rules Editor, NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules CommiTTEE

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