FIBA announced the change in regulations that will be implemented from October 1st in all its competitions, adding the challenge to the coaches, as well as the clear path foul, following the example of the NBA in both cases.
From October 1st some things will change in FIBA competitions. The World Federation has announced major additions/changes to its regulations, which will come into effect on the first day of October and are very interesting.
The first change came straight from the US and the NBA – which basically adopted something that was already happening in the NFL – and is the famous Coaches Challenge. In the FIBA games, the coach of each team will have the right to use the so-called Challenge once, asking the referees to examine the Instant Replay in a phase that they believe was wronged. These phases include the following subcategories:
Throughout the match:
– Whether a shot was a two-pointer or a three-pointer.
– For how much time is left to complete the attack after a glitch in the 24 second timer.
– Establishing which player should take shots.
– To clarify who was involved in the event of a conflict.
– On whether there was Goldtending in an attempted shot.
In the last two minutes of the 4th period or overtime
– On whether a shot attempted at the end of the attack was in or out of time.
– Whether a player attempted a shot before or after winning a foul
– To determine which player kicked the ball out of bounds.
End of period or extension:
– On whether a well-targeted shot was on time or out of time.
– For how much time was left in the following sub-cases:
1. If a player stepped out of bounds when attempting a try.
2. If the attack time is up.
3. If there is an 8-second violation, let one team pass the center.
4. If a foul was committed before the end of the period or overtime.
The second change is of course just as interesting, since the term Clear Path Foul was added, again following the NBA. Under the new rule, if a team starts a blitz and the last defender commits a foul and prevents it from happening, then it will be called a “clear path foul”. Once this happens, the player who won the foul will take two shots and their team will retain possession. The difference now is that this term is established for such phases and there is no possibility of misinterpretation.
The third change is actually a … tweak to a previous rule: The one that stated that any foul committed on a rebound before the ball has crossed the court in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime will automatically be charged as unsportsmanlike. Now, when this happens, the player will not be charged with an unsportsmanlike foul. However, the player who received the foul will take one shot instead of two, with his team retaining possession of the ball.
Finally, the fourth change is that FIBA Level 1 matches can now be played on pitches that have LED glass floors, which helps promote the sport.