NCAA makes flopping a technical foul in new rule change

NCAA makes flopping a technical foul in new rule change

The NCAA approved a major rule change that will take effect for the 2022-23 college basketball season. Referees can now call technical fouls on players for flopping, whereas previously they issued one flop warning before escalating to a technical foul. Players called for flopping will be hit with a Class B technical foul that gives one free throw to the other team but not the ball; Class B technical fouls also do not count as personal fouls.

“Committee members defined flopping as an unsporting act that occurs when a player attempts to influence an official’s judgment by creating an appearance that a foul has been committed when there has been incidental or no contact,” the NCAA wrote in a press release. “When evaluating potential flopping situations, officials will be asked to judge whether the player’s physical reaction to the contact with another player is consistent with what would have been expected, given the force of the contact. When the reaction is not consistent, the player is most likely exaggerating the nature of the contact in an attempt to gain an advantage, and flopping has occurred.

“A similar proposal was made in 2021, but there were concerns in the men’s basketball community that removing a warning before awarding a technical foul would not have the desired effect. The Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and the Division I Men’s Basketball Competition Committee supported the concept of allowing officials to call technical fouls without warning when they determine a player has faked being fouled.”

Colorado coach Tad Boyle is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee chair and said in May that he felt the issuing of flop warnings had not adequately disincentivized flopping.

“After two years of using warnings, we didn’t feel like we were getting the results that we wanted,” Boyle said in a release. “We are trying to get flopping out of our game. We’re asking the officials to call them when they happen.”

In addition, conferences may now allow their teams to use live and preloaded video on their benches during games. The NCAA will also allow conferences to experiment with a different media timeout setup that calls for five automatic breaks instead of four; team-called timeouts then would not come with commercials.

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“Conferences as well as the National Invitation Tournament can experiment using five media timeouts on the first dead-ball situations under the 17-minute, 14-minute, 11-minute, 8-minute and 4-minute marks of the second half,” the NCAA wrote. “The rationale is to help the flow of the game so commercial breaks will not be taken when teams use their allotted timeouts.”

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