FIBA Announce Rule Changes Affecting Court Markings
The following was announced on 29th April 2008 -
Official Basketball Rules 2010:
The below mentioned rule amendments will come into effect as follows:
- For high level competitions/Level 1 (main FIBA official competitions: i.e. Olympic Tournaments, World Championships for Men and Women, U19 and U17 World Championships for Men and Women and Zone/Continental Championships for Men and Women): as of 1st October 2010, i.e. after the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
- For medium level competitions/Level 2 (i.e. all other FIBA official competitions and the high level competitions of the national federations): as of 1st October 2012, i.e. after the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Art. 2.2.3 Free-throw lines and restricted areas
The restricted areas shall be the floor rectangle areas marked on the playing court.
The restricted (three-second) area shall be a rectangle (not anymore a trapezoid).
Art. 2.2.4 Thee-point field goal area
The distance of the three-point line shall be 6.75m (and not 6.25m as present).
Art. 2.2.6 Throw-in side lines
The two (2) small lines shall be marked outside the court, on the opposite side of the scorer's table and the team bench areas, with the outer edge at a distance of 8.325m from the inside edge of the end lines: in other words, level to the top of the three-point line.
During the last two (2) minutes of the game and of the extra period, following the time-out granted to the team that has been entitled to the possession of the ball from its backcourt, the subsequent throw-in will be taken on the opposite side of the scorer's table from the "throw-in side line" and not as presently from the centre line extended.
Art. 2.2.7 No-charge semicircles
The no-charge semicircles shall be marked on the playing court, under the baskets. The distance of the inner edge of the semicircles shall be 1.25m from the centre of the basket (on the floor).
A charging (offensive) foul should never be caled if the contact by the offensive player is with the defensive player standing within the no-charge semi-circle.
England Basketball Policy For New FIBA Rules
England Basketball has produced the following guidelines in relation to the new FIBA rules -
When building a new basketball facility or hall it is vital to ensure the facility meets the minimum operating standards as soon as possible, within the planning stage.
The current EBL standards document includes information on the relevant seating, run-offs and equipment required at each level of the game within England.
The document below sets out the recommended hall dimensions for new and updated facilities.