Re: Basketball Rule Change Idea
Other college hoops rules that should change:
1) Take away two (or three) timeouts per team. Five is entirely too many. To me, timeouts are the main culprit in the lack of flow in the college game. Most of the time a team goes on a run, the opposing coach calls a timeout to kill it. It is an artificial change in the flow of a game that shouldn't happen.
2) Tournament specific: Sync up the fixed timeouts with the timeouts taken by a team. In the NCAA tourney, there are certain times when a TV timeout becomes automatic (e.g. at the first dead ball after the 12:00 mark). But, if a team were to take a timeout close the the TV break, they play out both of them, often resulting in 10 minutes of commercials and 30 seconds of basketball. It is awful.
3) Eliminate the timeout after a made basket: Once the ball goes through the cylinder, the team that made the basket shouldn't be able to call a timeout. They don't have possession of the ball. This really stifles flow.
4) Fix the Block/Charge issue: A charge should be a rare event. Essentially, the defensive player should have to be set when the offensive player begins his drive for there to be a charge (not simply be set for one second). This would eliminate the slide-in charge call.
5) Eliminate the possession arrow. Enough said.
Really, numbers 1-3 are designed to lessen the direct influence of coaches on the game. I want to watch athletes play, not coaches coach. I am fine with the coaches dictating the strategy of the team, but I don't want them to have an official role in the game (see the influence of hockey and soccer coaches for good examples). Everything that happens on the court (including the calling of timeouts) should have to be handled by the players.
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