The NBA has approved several rule changes that will take effect in the 2018-19 pre-season.
The association’s board of governors announced the decision in a press release Friday, about a month after the NBA Competition Committee proposed the alterations that were passed unanimously: The shot clock will be reset to 14 seconds following an offensive rebound; the clear-path foul rule has been simplified; and the hostile act definition has been expanded for purposes of instant replay reviews.
Here's a quick breakdown of each rule change, per the NBA's press release:
Shot Clock Reset – The shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in three scenarios: after an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; after a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; or after the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.
Simplification of the Clear-Path Foul Rule – The changes to the clear path foul rule establish “bright line” standards based on the position of players at the time of the foul while also narrowing required referee judgment and reducing the number of variables impacting the rule’s application.
Expanded Definition of “Hostile Act” for Replay Purposes – For purposes of triggering instant replay review, the definition of a “hostile act” has been broadened to enable referees to determine the appropriate penalty for players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans.
According to Woj, the NBA Board of Governors also approved an increase in benefits for select staff:
The 2018-19 NBA pre-season will kick off Sept. 28.