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The FIBA Central Board on Saturday, April 26, made some major and historic decisions with regards to the rules of international basketball. Among the rule changes were moving of the 3-point line from 6.25 meters to 6.75 meters, and replacing FIBA's tradit

FIBA Central Board Approves Historic Rule Changes

 
BEIJING, China / April 26, 2008
 
The FIBA Central Board, the highest executive body of the International Basketball Federation, met April  25, and  continued its session on Saturday, April 26, in Beijing, China. Among the rule changes were moving of the 3-point line from 6.25 meters to 6.75 meters, and replacing FIBA's traditional trapezoid lane with the rectangular lane.

 

The FIBA Central Board approved some major and historic decisions with regards to the rules of the international game.

 

Upon recommendation of the FIBA Technical Commission (the group of experts that deal with the game rules), the FIBA Central Board approved several amendments to the Official Basketball Rules.

 

The recommendations by the FIBA Technical Commission and the decisions taken by the Central Board were led by the attempt to further unify all existing game rules and to have, in the future, only one set of rules for the game of basketball worldwide.

 

Below is a summary of all approved rule changes, which include historic amendments like the extension of the 3-point line (in place since 1984) and the change of the trapezoid restricted area (in place since the 1950s) to a rectangular one:

 

 
OFFICIAL BASKETBALL RULES 2008:

 

All below-mentioned rules will come into effect as of 1st October 2008, i.e. after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

 

 

Art. 4.3            Uniforms

 

The provision that T-shirts may be worn by players under their game uniforms is not valid anymore.

 

 

Art. 25.2.3       Player falling on the floor

 

It is legal when a player falls and slides on the floor while holding the ball.

 

 

Art. 28.1.3       Ball goes into team�s frontcourt

 

The ball goes to the teams� frontcourt when, during the dribble from backcourt to frontcourt, both feet of the dribbler and the ball are in contact with the frontcourt.

 

Art. 30.1.2       Ball returned to the backcourt

 

It will not be a violation anymore if a player, who jumps from his frontcourt, establishes a new team control while still airborne and then lands in his team�s backcourt.

 

 

Art. 31             Goaltending and interference

 

If a player reaches through the basket from below and touches the ball, it is an interference (and not a simple violation) with all the relevant rule consequences.

 

 

Art. 36.1.4       Unsportsmanlike foul

 

If a defensive player causes contact with an opponent from behind or laterally in an attempt to stop a fast break and there is no opponent between the offensive player and the opponents� basket, then the contact shall be judged to be unsportsmanlike.

 

 

Art. 38.3.1       Technical foul

 

A technical foul can be called on a player for excessive swinging of elbows (without contact).

 

 
OFFICIAL BASKETBALL RULES 2010:

 

The below mentioned rule amendments will come into effect as follows:

 

 

  • For high level competitions/Level 1 (main FIBA official competitions: i.e. Olympic Tournaments, World Championships for Men and Women, U19 and U17 World Championships for Men and Women and Zone/Continental Championships for Men and Women): as of 1st October 2010, i.e. after the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

 

  • For medium level competitions/Level 2  (i.e. all other FIBA official competitions and the high level competitions of the national federations): as of 1st October 2012, i.e. after the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

 

Art. 2.2.3         Free-throw lines and restricted areas

 

The restricted areas shall be the floor rectangle areas marked on the playing court.

 

The restricted (three-second) area shall be a rectangle (not anymore a trapezoid) as per Diagram 1 below.

 

 

Art. 2.2.4         Three-point field goal area

 

The distance of the three-point line shall be 6,75 m (and not 6,25 m as present).

 

 

Art. 2.2.6         Throw-in side lines

 

The two (2) small lines shall be marked outside the court, on the opposite side of the scorer�s table and the team bench areas, with the outer edge at the distance of 8,325 m from the inside edge of the end lines; in other words, level to the top of the three-point line.

 

During the last two (2) minutes of the game and of the extra period, following the time-out granted to the team that has been entitled to the possession of the ball from its backcourt, the subsequent throw-in will be taken on the opposite side of the scorer�s table from the �throw-in side line� and not as presently from the centre line extended.

 

 

Art. 2.2.7         No-charge semicircles

 

The no-charge semicircles shall be marked on the playing court, under the baskets. The distance of the inner edge of the semicircles shall be 1,25 m from the centre of the basket (on the floor).

 

A charging (offensive) foul should never be called if the contact by the offensive player is with the defensive player standing within the no-charge semicircle.

 

 

Art. 29             Twenty-four seconds

 

If the throw-in is to be administered in the backcourt, if required by the respective rules, the 24‑second device shall be reset to 24 seconds.

 

If the throw-in is to be administered in the frontcourt, if required by the respective rules, the 24-second device shall be reset as follows:

 

If 14 seconds or more are displayed on the 24-second device at the time the game was stopped, the 24-second device shall not be reset and shall remain the same.

 

If 13 seconds or less are displayed on the 24-second device at the time the game was stopped, the 24-second device shall be reset to 14 seconds.

 

 

For a diagram of the first four changes above please click here

 

 
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