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NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:11 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 10:14 am
Posted by Matt Norlander

College basketball just got easier to police and fairer to play.

The NCAA big wigs (OK, the Playing Rules Oversight Panel) voted on a slew of changes to their basketball and volleyball sports this week. Basketball's need for a three-feet-wide charge circle only required a majority vote to pass, and it did. This means by the start of next season, each arena will have a semi-circle painted under the hoop, meaning defensive players will not be able to draw a charge if they have a foot inside that area when an offensive player is making a move, with the ball, toward the hoop.

Division II and III will implement charge circles at the start of the 2012 season.

Some basketball stakeholders wanted visible markings to better define the area where a secondary defender can legally take a charge.

After seeing the arc painted on the court and reviewing data, the committee recommended a three-foot arc as being the suitable distance for the college game, where the lane is 12-feet wide.

Something worth emphasizing, though. For everyone -- fans, coaches, officials and players -- this will take some time to adjust to, as there's no such protected area in high school or AAU ball. Players won't develop habits or instincts overnight.

There's been constant public pining for the semi-circle to be implanted in the college hoops paint for about a decade. You may remember the dotted experimental semi-circles back in 2009. This past year, it was a two-feet wide circle, which was so, so clearly way too small.

The charge circle wasn't the only change to the game. The Playing Rules Oversight Panel also voted on differentiating hard, flagrant fouls to be distinguished by the terms "Flagrant 1" and "Flagrant 2." There are no more "intentional" fouls. "A Flagrant 1 foul takes the place of an intentional foul and the Flagrant 2 foul replaces the previous flagrant foul," according to the panel.

An example of a Flagrant 1 foul would be when a player swings an elbow and makes illegal, non-excessive contact with an opponent above the shoulders. The team whose player was struck would receive two free throws and possession of the ball. Previously, this type of foul was called an intentional foul. The committee wanted to move away from the word “intentional,” because a player’s intent was never the point to the rule.

An example of a Flagrant 2 foul would be when a player swings an elbow excessively and makes contact with an opponent above the shoulders. In this case, the player who threw the elbow would be ejected from the game, and the other team would receive two free throws and the ball.

Other rule changes included:

-- A coach can now ask the officials to go to the monitor if he or she feels a Flagrant 2 happened but wasn't called. But if, after review, no such violation occurs, said coach's team gets docked a timeout. If there are no timeouts left, then it's a technical foul.

-- Double fouls will now mean both players involved will shoot free throws.

-- There will be an emphasis on punctuality. If teams aren't ready to play after a horned warning during a timeout, officials will warn the team, then begin placing the ball on the ground out of bounds and counting out the five-second rule.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2012 7:33 pm

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

This rule is completely unfair to smaller players who are unable to block a big man's shot.  What should they do just run away,  Why shouldn't a defender be able to stand still on the court and occuypy his area?  If you don't want to charge jump stop.  I don't understand why all these guys jump off one leg so often for anyways.  We are rewarding players for lacking a skill set.  Show these kids some video of Dominique Wilkins and they will see what a two foot leap looks like. 

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:19 pm

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

I watch at least 10 games a week and rarely am I seeing this inforced. Sorry, just had to bump this as I find the official completely ignoring this pointless half circle waste of paint.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 7:30 am

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

So you're a Duke fan, eh?

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:57 pm

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

Kris Joseph Syracuse University just became a First team All American and Syracuse just became a Final Four team.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 1:25 pm

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

This will kill Duke.  Their floppers will be abused.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:25 am

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

I think what some people are missing is that this rule applies to a "secondary defender". It doesn't allow a post player to establish position close to the hoop and knock his defender out of the way. It prevents another player to step in front of a player who is already committed to driving to the basket.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 6:45 am

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

That's a stupid comment. The rule is in place to keep people from setting up underneath a leaping scorer who is already airborne and causing injuries. The rule is the same now as it was before except now there is a visible circle painted on the floor. Don't be a pinhead.

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 7:52 pm

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

Nothing could be worse than the "get out of my way or I'm going to kill you" circle.  That rule was put in place for Shaq so he could knock opposing players into the 4th row and not be called for doing it.  It stinks beyond belief.  It totally changes the game.  It's the "get out of my way and allow me to score" rule.  It's the "we can call this anytime we want to benefit any players we want" rule.  It's obsence and it move the college game one more step closer to "Showtime" which is what the NBA has become.  It's a disgusting, unfair, unbelieably lame rule.  Defense is for losers.  Get out of my way so I can make the highlight reel.  Stand right there so I can smack you right in the face with my...  It's the "get posterized" rule.  It's the "this ain't basketball, it's showing off" rule.  It's the "oh my goodness I'd love to get a date with that guy - I wonder if he likes getting bit on the back" rule.  We'll have players going out of their way to bash opposing players to get fouls on those opposing players.  Lots and lots of players will be hurt by this rule because running over someone just became legal.  And don't think opposing teams won't think of a way to counteract this garbage and many of them will use dirty tricks to take away the tremendous advantage big, strong players just got.  I can just see Charles Barley playing college ball under this rule.  There wouldn't be a player left on the court from the other team after he was done with them.  Other infamous bangers like James Lee, Bill Laimbeer, Charles Oakley, Kermit Washington, Maurice Lucas, Tree Rollins, etc. will become the instant offense players for every team.  Just give them the ball in the lane and watch players get out of their way.  What a joke!


Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 5:07 pm

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

Oh goody.  Now in college basketball, if a defender has at least one foot inside that circle, the offensive player can lower a shoulder and take him out on the way to the basket.  That will make the game more fair.

I wondered why the NBA bothered to paint a circle near the basket, when in the entire history of the NBA they have never called a foul on any offensive player who throws up a shot after making contact with a defender.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:34 am

NCAA officially adopts the charge circle

I wonder how the charge circle will affect Duke's "Stand under the basket and beg for the charge" defense?

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