INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (May 14, 2018) – The NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee has proposed permitting padded elbow, hand, finger, wrist or forearm guards, casts or braces, even when these items are made with a nonpliable material. These items must be covered on all exterior sides and edges with not less than half-inch thickness of a slow-rebounding foam.
The proposal was based on a recommendation from the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport. This rule change must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss the proposal June 12.
The NCAA is also exploring opportunities for teams to experiment using the international 3-point line in exhibition games before the start of the 2018-19 season. The 3-point line is 22 feet, 1¾ inches in the Olympics and International Basketball Federation world championship events. The 3-point arc in NCAA women’s basketball is now 20 feet, 9 inches. The committee would like for schools to provide feedback on whether the adjustment to the line enhances the game.