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PBA Commissioner’s Office releases rule changes for PBA Season 41

04:28 PM October 14, 2015

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The PBA Commissioner’s Office, eyeing to speed up the game and discourage contacts with intent to hurt, tweaked some of its old rules and officiating guidelines in time for the opening of its 41st season on Sunday.

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Commissioner Chito Narvasa said the rule changes are meant to bring out the best among coaches and players as well.

“We’re back to playing the game (of basketball) as we learned it while we were growing up,” he declared. “They will most certainly allow our players to put their talents and skills on display, resulting in a more exciting games that will be more enjoyable for the fans to watch.”

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The new rules were tested in the off-season with Narvasa explaining to coaches and players the necessity of just adhering the rule book during his visit at practice sessions of the league’s 12 teams.

“I thought the coaches as well as the players are very receptive to the new rules. I’m very optimistic that by the time the coaches, players as well as the referees have adjusted to the changes, the game will be a lot more exciting,” said Narvasa, who is working hard to bridge the communication gap between the teams and the league’s pool of referees.

Below are the new rules approved by the PBA Board of Governors:

1. DELIBERATE FOUL – Any player who commits a foul against an opponent by going after the man instead of the ball but without intent to hurt shall be assessed with a deliberate foul which shall result in awarding of two (2) free throws to the offended player plus ball possession to the offended player’s team.

No 3-minute sit out for the player who committed the deliberate foul.

A deliberate foul committed in the last two (2) minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime period(s) shall be subject to automatic video review.

2. SHOTCLOCK RESET — The shot clock shall be reset to 14 seconds if the ball goes to the offensive team after a legal attempt.

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3. FREE THROW — During a free throw, a player can only enter the shaded lane after the ball has hit the rim.

4. LANDING SPOT — a) Leaving a foot on the landing spot of a shooter – IF WITHOUT CONTACT — Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 (FFP1) is called; two (2) Free Throws are awarded; ball possession is retained by the team of offended player; and the offender “sits” for three (3) playing minutes for first offense. Second and subsequent offenses of players from same team will “sit” for five (5) minutes.

A fine of at least Php 5,000.00 is assessed.

b) Leaving a foot on the landing spot of a shooter – IF WITH CONTACT -Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 (FFP2) is called; two (2) Free Throws are awarded; ball possession is retained by the team of offended player; and the offender is ejected from the game.

A fine of at least Php 20,000.00 is assessed, whatever is the consequence of the contact and an AUTOMATIC, MINIMUM ONE (1) GAME SUSPENSION is imposed to the offender.

5. REVIEW OF GOAL TENDING VIOLATION IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES — Any goal tending violation called in the last two (2) minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime period(s) shall be subject to automatic video review.

When a foul is called on a shot and a player touches the ball, basket or backboard and there is a chance to score, even if the referees do not call a goal tending violation, it shall likewise be subject to automatic review if it occurred in the last two (2) minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime period(s).

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