The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the 10-second rule for women’s basketball Monday. The change will go into affect next season.
Women’s college basketball had been the only level not to have this particular rule. Needless to say, UConn coach Geno Auriemma is pleased with the change.
“I think anything we can do to make the game a little quicker, a little more fan friendly I think is good,’’ Auriemma said. “Quickening the game and making the game a little more fast-paced without being crazy is something that I think should apply all the way down to the high school level. And there should be a standard set of rules that we should all play by. For us to be to be the only organization in the world that plays without a 10-second line, that’s kind of crazy when you think back. If it was such a bad idea why was everybody else doing it? So I think it’s a big step forward and I think it’ll help the game.’’
The NCAA Rules Committee had recommended last month that the 10-second rule be implemented for the first time since the NCAA began administrating women’s basketball in 1981-82. Teams had been able to utilize as much of the 30-second shot clock as desired to move the ball past midcourt.
Officials will use the shot clock to determine if a violation has been committed.
“I’m sure that most schools will think, `Well, it helps the better teams,’’’ Auriemma said. “Well, I don’t know any role that’s ever been invented that was meant to help the bad teams. The only thing that can help the teams that are not very good is better players. And no amount of rules is going to … This isn’t about helping the good teams, helping the bad teams or hurting the good teams. This is about trying to get the game of basketball to grow a little bit and have it be more attractive on television and more attractive to the fans in the stands.’’