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Women’s Basketball Rules Committee recommends flopping penalty - NCAA.org
If a proposal by the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee is approved for the 2023-24 season, women's basketball players judged to have flopped would be issued
Point of emphasis
Committee members are concerned about the uptick in bench decorum and misconduct incidents that took place during the 2022-23 season.
There were significant increases in intentional fouls, technical fouls and disqualifying fouls last season.
- If a proposal by the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee is approved for the 2023-24 season, women's basketball players judged to have flopped would be issued a warning on the first offense, with a technical foul being charged for any subsequent infractions.
- After a thorough discussion, rules committee members recommended reducing the restricted-area arc from 4 feet in the lane to the area directly underneath the basket. Defenders cannot establish a legal guarding position directly underneath the basket. The proposal would also eliminate the lower defensive box rule.
- Players would be allowed to wear numbers 0-99.
- Schools would no longer have to submit a waiver for players to wear religious headwear, provided it is safe for competition.
- An amber light strip would be permitted on the backboard to signal the end of a shot-clock period.
- An optional rule would allow for live video to be transmitted to the bench area. This has been an experimental rule for the past two years.
- A new class of technical fouls would be assessed to the team and not an individual offender. Delay-of-game warnings and flopping will fall under this category.
- When the shot clock is off at the end of a quarter or overtime, officials would use the game clock to determine when a 10-second backcourt violation has occurred.
- A permissive rule would permit conferences to implement an off-site collaborative replay system to assist game officials with replay situations.
- The shot clock would be reset to 20 seconds or the time remaining, whichever is greater, when there is a foul by the nonshooting team, but not against the shooter, during a try in flight that does not strike the ring or flange.
- Defenders would be prohibited from placing their body on the ball handler/dribbler.
- Officials would be allowed to use replay throughout the entire game for off-ball foul scoring plays; the review would be conducted during the next media timeout or intermission.