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Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 7:40 p.m. MST

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Las Vegas, NV

There really wasn't a rule change. The hand and forarm checking rules used to be in the enforcement interpretation section of the RB Appendix. They were always a part of the game, but they were not being used properly - much like touching the rim offensively is still a technical foul. The fact is, they did alter the rule book by making the old Appendix language a permanent part of the rule definition as opposed to the rule interpretation process. So technically the rule hasn't changed, but the emphasis on it being enforced properly, an action that makes the game somewhat less physical, is now emphasized.

North Ogden, UT

It is about time they started calling the game like a non contact sport. Now they need to quit calling fouls on the defensive player who just stands there with his hands in the air and the offensive player runs in to them.


From what I've seen so far this season, they're missing one call, which is when the post player gets the ball and backs into the defender. If the defender doesn't just let the guy with the ball push him out of the way, he gets a foul. They need to call it both ways.

I would really like it if basketball again became a non-contact sport. I have my fingers crossed.

Provo, UT

Looking on the website StatSheet, one can look at the officials and what they do. Looking at the officials who have ref'd 8 to 10 games thus have a called a significant amount of fouls this year. Normally a good quality officiating crew will call between 34 to 36 fouls per game. This year it is up to 42 to 44 per game. That's almost 25% more fouls per game. Which means games are going to be that much longer. 8 fouls will be about 10 to 15 more minutes in a game.

Look forward to longer games.

Of the BYU games I have seen which is all 4, I don't think I have seen one charge call, All the block-charge call have gone to the Block foul.

But then BYU isn't getting the best officials, the Stanford game did have Dave Hall. The WCC has some pretty "lame" officials in my opinion.

Idaho Falls, ID

They need to get rid of the skip hop and jump dribble penetration. What a bunch of garbage is that?

Salt Lake City, UT

I hope it extends into all games. Last time I played, which is years ago because I quit playing after the last time, I left the game with cracked ribs in a no contact gentlemans game of Church Basketball which we started with a prayer and ended in an ER.

Back Talk
Federal Way, WA

As others have mentioned, the thing I hate and what this rule interpretation allows, is that an offensive player can come down the lane and basically jump into someone and they call the foul on the defensive guy.

If no contact is what they want to see, then a foul should be assessed to the player who "initiates" the contact.

Charlotte, NC

When I was a kid, basketball was considered a "non-contact" sport. LOL! We have laughed about that over the years as basketball has become one of the roughest sports around. It is nice to see an attempt to take the game back to its roots. Players will adjust to the "new" game.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

The biggest thing it will help,( if its enforced equally around the country )will be to force players to learn how to play defense.Now if we could get rid of the 4 second rule.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

I have not enjoyed pro basketball and some of the college game too as it has become rife with a thug mentality. I applaud the enforcement of the rules and I hope it brings basketball around to be more of a sport and less of a brawl.

Gilbert, AZ

Tyler Haws will be one of the biggest bennificiaries of this new emphasis of enforcing old rules. Last year the poor guy was mugged, hacked, pounded, grabbed, thrown to the floor, and darn near decapitated all with impunity. It was an orchestrated assault by coaches to prevent Haws from lighting up the score board like a Christmas tree with an array of moves and shots that are jaw dropping. In other words, 'take out the guy who dares to play nearly fllawless basketball.' But then, preventing basketball really isn't basketball at all, is it?

St George, UT

I had become so disgusted with the violent and physical nature of basketball, I could hardly stand to watch it anymore. This change is long overdue. Now if they would eliminate at least half of the timeouts allowed each team, that would fix the other problem with college basketball. Let the players play. We also did not pay to watch 15 timeouts in the last two minutes of the game, we paid to watch basketball.

Layton, UT

Anything we can do to help BYU score more I am all for. :)

Serenity Now
Highland, UT

The enforcement of no-hands defense is a good thing for the game, but I agree with Dick Vitale that the number of fouls required before ejection should go up to 6 instead of 5. Let the fans see their stars play longer.

West Jordan, UT

As an official for over 40 years, I applaud this change. It will be tough for a few months, but the basketball quality will rise and the game will be cleaner. Now to speed up the game we also need to reduce the number of time-outs, maybe change a few "full" to "30 sec" variety; also, prevent this hand-slapping every time a player shoots a foul shot with his other teammates--what purpose does that have; when you are on the line, shoot the foul shot. Next I'd like to see the jump ball come back instead of the alternating possession--if the official is compitant enough to throw it up to start the game, then why not on a held ball.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Serenity Now

Let the stars keep their hands to themselves. Letting the "stars" get away with muggery is how we got to this point. How many fouls would we see if one foul meant immediate ejection from the game? Five is more than enough to prove a player can't contest a shot without getting slap happy. I've had enough of hackball.

Sandy, UT

Am I the only one who doesn't like this? I like the physical play. I like to play physical and I like to watch it. I like tough defense. I think the offense has gotten the benefit of calls for forever. This just turns it up a notch in the wrong direction. Tyler Haws didn't get mugged to any degree. He spent some time getting stronger, but that doesn't matter now.

fan in orem
Orem, UT

Yes, Daved6, you are the only one who doesn't like it. My basketball playing ended about 30 years too soon because of "physical play". Now that I am older, I have a hard time even walking because of my knees. Basketball was designed for players to use their talent, not their muscles.

AZ Ute
Scottsdale, AZ

....and Rick Majerus is rolling over in his grave.


Coaches need to adjust by going to the hole more. Rose is doing a good job with 6 guards who can play attacking the rim in the early offense. Colinsworth is the big surprise as he looks at times like the best player on the floor to me. Probably going to see more zone defense as well with the new rule change.

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