Info,Updates & Rule Changes
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29.2.1 If the game is stopped by an official:
• For a foul or violation (not for the ball having gone out-of-bounds) by the team not in control of the ball,
• For any valid reason by the team not in control of the ball,
• For any valid reason not connected with either team,
Possession of the ball shall be awarded to the same team that previously had control of the ball.
If the throw-in is administered in the backcourt, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall be reset to twenty-four (24) seconds.
If the throw-in is administered in the frontcourt, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall be reset as follows:
• If fourteen (14) seconds or more is displayed on the twenty-four (24) second clock at the time when the game was stopped, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall not be reset, but shall continue from the time it was stopped.
• If thirteen (13) seconds or less is displayed on the twenty-four (24) second clock at the time when the game was stopped, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall be reset to fourteen (14) seconds.
However, if in the judgement of an official, the opponents would be placed at a disadvantage, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall continue from the time it was stopped.
29.2.2 If the twenty-four (24) second clock signal sounds in error while a team has control of the ball or neither team has control of the ball, the signal shall be disregarded and the game shall continue.
However, if in the judgement of an official, the team in control of the ball has been placed at a disadvantage, the game shall be stopped, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall be corrected and possession of the ball shall be awarded to that team.
Download of FIBA Rules 2012 (changes highlighted in yellow)
Powerpoint of Rule Changes 2008
OFFICIAL BASKETBALL RULES 2008:
With effect from the beginning of the 2008/9 season:
Art. 4.3 Uniforms
The provision that T-shirts may be worn by players under their game uniforms is not valid anymore.
(not even a medical reason to wear what to all is a t-shirt, compression vests are still allowed)
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.
(if the player rolls over or tries to stand it is travelling, but can slide, gain control and pass)
Art. 28.1.3 Ball goes into teams 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.
(This refers to a player dribbling only! The 8 seconds allowed will not stop until (if a dribbler) there are three points of contact in front court (ie 2 feet and the ball bouncing), if there are not 3 points of contact the player is still in the back court. However, as soon as the player stops dribbling (ie takes hold of the ball to pass - this can only be done into the front court if straddling the line at the time of pick-up).
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.
Refers to interceptions only.
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.
Refers to 'fastbreak' only in the common understanding of the term, all the other instances of unsportsmanlike still exist.
Art. 38.3.1 Technical foul
A technical foul can be called on a player for excessive swinging of elbows (without contact).
This is generally referred to as 'clearing out', a player should be entitled to guard another closely anywhere on the court, excessive swinging of elbows (normally following rebounds) will not be tolerated.
Advice from EBBA is one warning per team per game unless the referee concerned believes serious enough to call a technical foul on the first occasion.
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 clearer visualization of the first four changes above, please refer to the Diagram 1.
For those officials looking to advance to Level III the following presentations offer some very good insight: