New rule changes to take effect in Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup

Oct 14, 2013 by Euroleague.net Print
New rule changes to take effect in Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup
Euroleague BasketballWith the start of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup regular seasons this week, a series of rule changes designed to make the game faster, clearer, fairer and more spectacular for participants and fans will take effect in both competitions.

The rule changes include some shorter duration timeouts, a reduction of the breaks in between periods, as well as a reduced, single free throw penalty plus possession for technical fouls. They were first proposed more than a year ago by the EBI Basketball Rules Summit experts panel where coaches, players, referees, clubs, leagues, TVs, marketing and journalists were all represented.

Another change will restore jump balls in place of alternating possessions in held ball situations. Additionally, the team that wins the game's opening tip will have the first possession to start the fourth quarter, while the other team will start the second and third quarters with the ball. All overtime periods will now begin with a jump ball.

In taking the initiative to look for ways to make the game stop less often and for shorter times, Euroleague Basketball continues to work closely with FIBA and their Technical Commission. The majority of the modifications will be incorporated into the official rules of basketball and applied to FIBA competitions starting in the 2014-15 season.

During the upcoming 2013-14 season, in Euroleague Basketball competitions, the changes will be evaluated to determine their impact on improving the quality of play in games.

The new rules coincide with a competition system change for the 2013-14 season as those teams that do not progress to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 will continue playing international competition by joining the Eurocup at the Last 32 phase.

The exact rule changes, as follows, will be applied to all games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup.




NEW RULE
OLD RULE
· The technical foul penalty will be reduced to one (1) free throw awarded to the opponents, with the opponents taking a throw-in at the center line extended, opposite the scorer's table.
· The technical foul penalty will be two (2) free throws awarded to the opponents, with the opponents taking a throw-in at the center line extended, opposite the scorer’s table .
· A player shall be disqualified when he is charged with two (2) technical fouls.
· A player who has committed five (5) fouls, personal and/or technical, shall be informed thereof by an official and must leave the game immediately.
· The Jump Ball will be reinstated replacing Alternating Possession. The first period and all extra periods will begin with a jump ball. The team which gains first possession of the game will take a throw-in at the centre line extended, opposite the scorer’s table to begin the fourth period. The other team will take a throw-in at the centre line extended at the beginning of the second and third periods.
· A single jump ball is held to begin the first period, with alternating possession to begin all other periods as well as administering jump ball situations.
· Each team will have one (1) 60-second timeout and one (1) 30-second timeout during the first half. In the second half, each team will have two (2) 60-second timeouts and one (1) 30-second timeout. For each extra priod, each team will have one (1) 60-second timeout. NOTE: In the last 2 minutes of the fourth period each team will have a maximum of one (1) 60-second and one (1) 30-second timeouts.
· Each team will have two (2) 60-second timeouts during the first half. In the second half each team will have three (3) 60-second timeouts.
· There shall be intervals of play of 90 seconds between the first and second period (first half), between the third and fourth period (second half) and before each extra period.
· There shall be intervals of play of 120 seconds between the first and second period (first half), between the third and fourth period (second half) and before each extra period.