There should be less confusion on flagrant fouls while floppers’ pockets may become lighter when PBA action resumes in the Governors’ Cup two weeks from now.
In its regular meeting last week, the PBA Board of Governors approved the following rule changes proposed by the Competition Committee:
The original definition of flagrant fouls will now serve as the guideline in the calling of the infraction.
Flagrant Foul Penalty 1 – unnecessary contact
Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 – unnecessary and excessive contact
The league has decided to discard the 5-year-old memo categorizing specific acts as FFP1 and FFP2.
Basket made simultaneously with the expiration of the 24-second shot clock shall be reviewed during the last 2 minutes of regulation and overtime period(s).
Flopping will be subject to review by the Office of the Commissioner.
Upon review, a player who was found to be flopping will be summoned by the Commissioner. After the conference, if said player is found to have indeed committed a flopping violation, he will be fined P5,000.00 for the first infraction. Each succeeding flopping offense will merit a P10,000.00 fine.
Double lane violation on the last of multiple free throws or bonus shot – if basket is successful, the free throw shall be counted.
Two (2) warnings shall be given for interfering with the ball after a basket before a technical foul shot is given.
Flagrant foul on a 3-point shooter – number of free throws to be awarded is 3 plus possession.
Departing from usual practice, the rule changes will be in effect in the coming Governors’ Cup instead of the usual start of the season. The longer conference break because of the FIBA Asia championship will give both the teams and the game officials enough time to be familiar with the changes. (JL)