The 10-second backcourt rule will go into effect in NCAA women's basketball for the first time next season if a recommendation from the sport's rules committee is approved.
The U.S. women's college game is the only level worldwide that does not have a 10-second backcourt rule. The Women's Basketball Rules Committee said Thursday that implementing the rule will increase tempo and create more scoring opportunities.
The backcourt rule requires the offensive team to move the ball past midcourt within 10 seconds. Failure to do so results in a turnover.
Under current rules, teams can take as much time off the 30-second shot clock as they want before crossing midcourt.
The change requires approval next month by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel to go into effect for 2013-14.
The NCAA is giving referees leeway in how they deal with players who inadvertently elbow an opponent above the shoulders.
Pending approval by the Playing Rules Oversight Committee next month, referees who call an elbow to the head will be allowed to use a video monitor to determine the severity of the blow. If deemed inadvertent, the referee could call a player-control foul or nothing.
Previously, a referee was required to call a flagrant-1 or flagrant-2. A flagrant-1 results in two free throws and possession for the offended team. A flagrant-2 adds an ejection for the offending player.
Some coaches have been critical of the severity of the rule, implemented in 2011-12 to protect players from head injuries. The changes would be for both men's and women's games.