I wanted to dive back into my understanding of the sport, and I found an interesting article that breaks down the new rule changes for this upcoming season. It seems like every league, both pro and college are always changing the rules. Whether or not it makes the game more dynamic or political, is definitely debatable.
1. Coaches will have the ability to call a timeout when a ball is "live" after a made basket on an inbound situation.
2. Double Foul calls will be more common.
In the words of the article:
Post play physicality and "rebounding displacement" are two huge points of emphasis. The latter is mostly about officials' placement on the floor, but the former is going to take teams and coaches time to adjust. To put it frankly, when a guy with the ball is in the post, he can "shape up" by bending his elbows. He cannot use his arms to prevent a defender from getting around him, though. If that happens, it's now an automatic foul.
3. Travelling calls will rise.
It's become normal basketball movement to accept a pass and then take a tiny hop to set/square one's self. That's technically a travel. It will now be called as such.
4. Big Ten and MAC are involved in an experiment, concerning block/charge plays.
Big Ten and the MAC will now have the ability to review block/charge plays and overturn calls when applicable in the final two minutes of a game.
5. Offensive players are granted more movement with the ball.
Offensive and defensive players are allowed a certain amount of space to make natural, normal basketball moves. For the offense, a "normal basketball play" starts with either a shot attempt, a pass or a dribble. In a sentence: An offensive player should be able to make a move without having someone jamming up on them and restricting them.
So there you have it. I'd like to hear some feedback on this, especially from the die-hard college basketball fans. Does everyone agree with these changes?