NCAA makes changes to block/charge and elbow rules

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Block or charge? The hopes to bring more clarity and consistency to college hoops by way of accurately distinguishing the difference between the two.  On Monday the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel voted via conference call to amend the block/charge rule. The changes will be effective for the start of next season.

“Under the revised block/charge call in men’s basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass,” according to the new rule. “If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul. Previously, a defender had to be in legal guarding position when the offensive player lifted off the floor.”

Some will call this the Aaron Craft Rule; it was Craft’s induced charge call that helped get past in Round of 32 back in March. There has been a call for clarity for block/charge the past couple of years, ever since college hoops instituted a charge circle of its own, one that is smaller than the NBA’s.

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