The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Basketball Committee met Wednesday, overwhelmingly approving four rule-change proposals while taking note of the timeline with regard to the upcoming season, which is scheduled to run from Nov. 30 to Feb. 21.
The committee — along with those of all winter sports — anticipates receiving further guidance from the EEA in early November.
“Which will help us generate further conversations,” MIAA Basketball Committee liaison Peter Smith said.
A subcommittee devoted to COVID-19 modifications would then, said St. Mary’s athletic director Jeff Newhall, “meet immediately,” polish up a document “that has looked at everything,” and then present it to the full committee.
The rule proposals are as follows:
• The shot clock would be reset to 15 seconds if a ball is kicked or punched with less than 14 seconds on the clock. It won’t be reset if there are 15 or more seconds remaining.
• The 5-second rule for a closely guarded player dribbling in the frontcourt would be eliminated.
• Players could participate in six quarters of action per today (varsity, junior varsity combined), up from four.
• The 10-second backcourt rule would now apply to girls’ games as well as boys’ games.
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