Playing Rules

Soccer rules committee backs changes to align with international competition

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee recommended proposals that would align collegiate soccer more closely with international rules.

Players flagged for targeting may be able to remain in bench area

Players disqualified for targeting may be able to remain on the sidelines starting with the 2020 football season.

Women’s Volleyball Rules Committee proposes option of an additional official

The NCAA Women’s Volleyball Rules Committee recommended including an option to add a third referee to conduct all video challenge reviews during a match, beginning in the 2020 season.

Ten basketball conferences allowed to experiment with electronic devices during league games

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Rules committees have approved the waiver requests from 10 conferences, permitting the use of electronically transmitted data to the bench for coaching purposes during the 2019-20 season.

Goal-mouth arc recommended in men’s lacrosse

The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee recommended adding an arc within the goal-crease area to clearly define the “goal mouth.”

20-second action rule approved in baseball

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a 20-second action rule that will be enforced before all pitches in the 2019-20 academic year.

Modification to stick checks approved in women’s lacrosse

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved changes to pregame and in-game stick checks in women’s lacrosse for the 2019-20 academic year.

Clarification to video review rule approved in ice hockey

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a rule that all video reviews in men’s and women’s ice hockey for offsides or too-many-players-on-the-ice infractions leading to a goal in the regular season be reviewed by coach’s challenges only.

Changes to pitching procedures approved in softball

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved changes to the components of the pitching position and the procedure for pitchers to take signals before releasing a pitch for the 2020 season.

Protocols for in-season bat testing in place

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee set the protocols for in-season bat testing that will take place in Division I during the 2020 season.

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