NCAA approves hoops rules changes

Updated: May 26, 2011, 4:02 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has approved adding an arc three feet from the basket, inside which a defender cannot take a charge.

The organization said Thursday its Playing Rules Oversight Panel had approved several recommended rules changes for college basketball during a conference call Monday.

The women's 3-point line will move back a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches next season, the same distance the men have used since 2008-09. In both the men's and women's games, the terminology for fouls will be changed to match the NBA. Intentional fouls will now be called Flagrant 1 and flagrant fouls will be called Flagrant 2.

Women's teams will also test a 10-second half-court rule in exhibition games next season.

The men's and women's basketball rules committees recommended the changes earlier this month.


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