(AP) The 10-second backcourt rule will go into effect in NCAA women's basketball for the first time next season if a recommendation from the sport's rules committee is approved.
The U.S. women's college game is the only level worldwide that does not have a 10-second backcourt rule. The Women's Basketball Rules Committee said Thursday that implementing the rule will increase tempo and create more scoring opportunities.
The backcourt rule requires the offensive team to move the ball past midcourt within 10 seconds. Failure to do so results in a turnover.
Under current rules, teams can take as much time off the 30-second shot clock as they want before crossing midcourt.
The change requires approval next month by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel to go into effect in 2013-14.