FIBA Rules Changes For 2012 Season

I am sure that you have all downloaded and read the new rule book cover to cover?  What else would a basketball player or coach do in the offseason?  Well there are new rules, and as of Oct 1st 2012 these will be implemented at all levels.

TCC will help out those that haven’t had the time *cough*, and point out the three main changes for this season;



 Change 1 – Coaches standing and addressing referees

7.5           Either the coach or the assistant coach, but only one of them at any given time, is permitted to remain standing during the game.  They may address the players verbally during the game provided they remain within their team bench area.  The assistant coach shall not address the officials.

What does this change mean?  This is just far clearer for coach/assistant now what will be acceptable within their bench area and communications with the referee.


Change 2 – Possession with 2:00mins or 4th period or extra periods

17.2.4       When the game clock shows 2:00 minutes or less of the fourth period and of each extra period, following a time-out taken by the team that is entitled to possession of the ball from its backcourt, the subsequent throw-in shall be administered at the throw-in line opposite the scorer’s table in the team’s frontcourt.

What does this change mean? The previous rule was “During last 2 minutes”, causing ambiguity at the 2:00 mark.  This is now simply cleared up and administered the same as last season.


Change 3 –  Shot clock update for 14seconds reset

29.2.1       If the game is stopped by an official:

  • For a foul or violation (not for the ball having gone out-of-bounds) by the team not in control of the ball,
  • For any valid reason by the team not in control of the ball,
  • For any valid reason not connected with either team,

Possession  of  the  ball  shall  be  awarded  to  the  same  team  that  previously  had control of the ball.

If the throw-in is administered in the backcourt, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall be reset to twenty-four (24) seconds.

If the throw-in is administered in the frontcourt, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall be reset as follows:

  • If  fourteen  (14)  seconds  or  more  is  displayed  on  the  twenty-four  (24)  second clock  at  the  time  when  the  game  was  stopped,  the  twenty-four  (24)  second clock shall not be reset, but shall continue from the time it was stopped.
  • If thirteen (13) seconds or less is displayed on the twenty-four (24) second clock at the time when the game was stopped, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall be reset to fourteen (14) seconds.

However,  if  in  the  judgement  of  an  official,  the  opponents  would  be  placed  at  a disadvantage, the twenty-four (24) second clock shall continue from the time it was stopped.

What does this change mean? Whereas in previous years, a foul in the frontcourt would have bought you a new shot clock (24secs), this change will impact on the reset depending on time left when the foul occurred.

  • If your team is fouled with more than 14seconds on the shot clock, 24second clock continues.
  • If your team is fouled with less than 14second on shot clock, its reset to 14seconds.

If the stoppage is for a reason connected with teams, or not in some cases, (Eg; blood substitution, wet floor, injury etc) the referees shall use fair judgement on the reset of the shot clock.

Note – This rule also applies to all violations other than out of bounds, Eg; Foot ball, by the team not in control of the ball.

The first 30sec of this video shows an example of this reset after a foul with explanation.


If you have any questions about the changes above, please let us know via the comments section below or on Facebook.



After a successful schoolboy career in St. Malachy's College, Paul moved on to on/off stints as a varsity player and local league player for UUJ. Having completed his refereeing course as a junior in summer 2000, and doing the odd game in Belfast, Paul soon realised that he was becoming a better official than he ever would be a player. He hung up his boots for the preference of a whistle in 2004 and began refereeing consistently as part of the National League Panel. In 2006, he won the "Young Referee of the Year" award from Basketball Ireland (exactly 100% more awards than ever received while playing) and in 2008 moved to the panel of referees for the Irish Men's Superleague where he has been a regular fixture for 4 seasons.


  1. Mistake Police

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    The big difference in change 2, possession in the final 2 minutes is that the ball is advanced to the new throw in line. This is level with the three point line and so means that teams can now run scoring out of bounds plays from this position. Previously the ball was inbounded from the half way line where is was very difficult to get a valid shot attempt with a low clock. Expect to see a lot more buzzer beaters as teams can now call time out advance the ball and get a shot with very little time remaining.

    • Paul Bullock Post author

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      Last year was also administered from the throw in line opposite scorers table (or should have been in your area), as per 2010 Rules. The halfway line rule was in place from 2008, but was changed to this “hash” mark at 3 point line from 2010.

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