New Rule Changes for the BBL in the 2011 - 2012 Season August 03, 2011 20:20

The British Basketball League (BBL) is heading for some big changes in the new season, as FIBA updates the rules and regulations of play.

As the governing body of world basketball, FIBA have brought in a range of changes that will alter how BBL teams take to the court for the 2011 - 2012 season. Those changes are:

  • The 3 point line will be extended to the full NBA-style distance of 6 metres 75cm, having previously been 6m 25cm.
  • The key will now become rectangular in shape ("The Zone"), rather than the old-style, tapered key shape.
  • A 'no charge' semi-circle will be added under the basket, wherein defensive players will not be awarded a charge foul, as per the previous rules, if they have held a position within this semi-circle.
  • A new throw-in line line will be marked on the sideline, to be used for throw-ins granted in the last two minutes of a game. The line is used when the team entitled to a throw-in from it's back court, has taken a time-out, and ball is then advanced up the court, to just above the offensive three point arc, for the thrown-in.
  • If play is stopped for a foul or violation, and the ball is to be given back to the same team, there are new shot clock rules. If the ball is in the backcourt, the clock will be reset to 24 seconds. If the ball is in the front court and there are more than 14 seconds on the clock, the clock will remain the same. If the ball is in the front court and there are less than 14 seconds on the clock, the clock will be reset to 14.

With the season not far away now, it will be interesting to see how players, referees and fans adapt to the new rules.