In an attempt to “allow for more offensive freedom”, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee recommended a rule change in regards to how referees call blocking/charging fouls. While the verbiage used to define the potential change may seem insignificant, it could have a profound effect on the game, if passed.
“In regard to the block/charge call in men’s basketball, the committee is proposing that 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. If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul.
The current rule calls for a defender to be in legal guarding position before the offensive player lifted off the floor.”
The key difference? A defender will be called for a block if he’s not in position before the offensive player starts his “upward motion”, not before his feet leave the ground. This change, theoretically, would lead to less teams focusing on teaching players to slide over and take charges in the paint.
Of course, the proposed change won’t go into effect unless the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves it. They next meet on June 18.
You can read more of the potential rule changes for both men’s and women’s basketball here.