Proposed rule changes for the 2021-22 NCAA women’s basketball season have some items in common with those put up for approval on the men’s side, but there are a couple of differences – and one omission – that will continue to keep the women’s rules a bit different from those of the men.
Items on the men’s side which propose an immediate technical for flopping, as well as a convoluted scheme for deciding when a player fouls out of the game, were not included on the women’s side. The Committee did put out the nearly useless “point of emphasis” for officials to monitor the flopping situation, but no changes to the penalties for such were recommended. In practice, points of emphasis for officials often get attention in the first few weeks of the season, but by the time conference play rolls around, they are often ignored.
However, the Women’s Basketball Rules Committee did propose moving the 3-point line back to the international distance of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches after looking at statistics that show long distance attempts and makes spiked at an all-time high last year.
The move, if approved, would make the women’s distance identical to that of the men’s, and also to that used in international play. The NCAA men’s line was moved back to the 22-foot, 1.75 inch distance prior to the 2019-20 season. The move could also help avoid confusion between the two lines, as the women’s line can now be removed from courts if the measure passes.
The Committee also proposed the same use of live technology coaching rules as the men, but also dded another proposal that would change replay rules.
Coaches could now challenge the position of players on calls made in the restricted area under the basket on charge block calls. Previously, officials could only review that at their own discretion during the last two minutes of the game.
Officials could also, if the measure passes, use replay at any time to decide whether a basket should count if a foul is committed away from the shooter. This play could also be challenged by a coach, but if unsuccessful, the challenging team would be charged with a timeout.