- FIBA Basketball
FIBA Basketball rules 2010
with the 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds on
Tuesday, Euroleague Basketball joins the international basketball
community in observing and instituting several important new rules. The
changes to the Official Basketball Rules were originally voted on by
the FIBA Central Board in April 2008, with most targeted to take effect
now, following the 2010 World Championships. The changes are meant to
move basketball closer to a single set of rules governing how the game
is played everywhere in the world. Among the major changes being
enacted, three-point shots will be longer and the trapezoid-shaped zone
between the free throw line and the basket will become rectangular.
The new three-point arc is situated 6.75 meters away from the basket,
one-half meter further away than the 6.25-meter line that has been in
use until now in Euroleague Basketball competitions. (The three-point
shot distance will be shorter in the corners to accomodate a minimum
separation space of .90 meters from the sideline). Another new marking
on the playing surface indicates throw-in areas on the sidelines, from
where a team may inbound the ball following a timeout in the last two
minutes of a game or in an overtime period. Another feature of the rule
changes, no-charge semicircles under each basket, were implemented by
Euroleague Basketball previously.
Another new rule states that on non-shooting fouls or violations by a
defensive team that is not yet in the foul bonus, and when the
attacking team has already crossed the halfcourt line, the 24-second
clock will not be reset to 24 seconds. Rather, if 14 or more seconds
remain, the clock will not be adjusted. If 13 or fewer seconds remain,
the clock will be reset to 14 seconds.
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
Art. 2.2.3 Free-throw lines and restricted areas
The restricted areas shall be the floor rectangle areas marked on the
The restricted (three-second) area shall be a rectangle (not anymore a
trapezoid) as per Diagram 1 below.
Art. 2.2.4 Three-point field goal area
The distance of the three-point line shall be 6,75 m (and not 6,25 m as
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 the distance of 8,325 m 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
1,25 m from the centre of the basket (on the floor).
A charging (offensive) foul should never be called if the contact by
the offensive player is with the defensive player standing within the
Art. 29 Twenty-four seconds
If the throw-in is to be administered in the
backcourt, if required by the respective rules, the 24 second device
shall be reset to 24 seconds.
If the throw-in is to be administered in the frontcourt, if required by
the respective rules, the 24-second device shall be reset as follows:
- If 14 seconds or more are displayed on the 24-second device at the
time the game was stopped, the 24-second device shall not be reset and
shall remain the same.
- If 13 seconds or less are displayed on the 24-second device at the
time the game was stopped, the 24-second device shall be reset to 14
For a clearer visualization of the first four changes above, please
refer to the Diagram 1.