History of NCAA Basketball Rule Changes
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The following is a selective list of NCAA Basketball rule changes and the year they can into effect. [Original Source: pages 246-248 of Official 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book.]

Season Rule Change
1900-1901
A dribbler may not shoot for a field goal and may dribble only once, and then with two hands.
1908-1909
A dribbler is permitted to shoot. The dribble is defined as the “continuous passage of the ball,” making the double dribble illegal.
1910-1911
Players are disqualified upon committing their fourth personal foul.
1910-1911
No coaching is allowed during the progress of the game by anybody connected with either team. A warning is given for the first violation and a free throw is awarded after that.
1920-1921
The basket is moved to two feet from the baseline. Previously the players could climb the padded wall to get closer to the basket (with the new rule the wall is out of bounds).
1920-1921
A player can re-enter a game once. Before this rule, if a player left the game, he could not re-enter for the rest of the game.
1921-1922
Running with the ball was changed from a foul to a violation.
1923-1924
The player fouled must shoot his own free throws. Before this rule, one person usually shot all the free throws for a team.
1928-1929
The charging foul by the dribbler is introduced.
1930-1931

A held ball may be called when a closely guarded player is withholding the ball from play for 5 seconds.

1932-1933
The ten second (mid-court) line is introduced to reduce stalling.
1932-1933
No player with the ball may stand in the free throw lane for more than 3 seconds.
1933-1934

A player may re-enter a game twice.

1935-1936
No offensive player (with or without the ball) may stand in the free throw lane for more than 3 seconds.
1937-1938
The center jump after every made basket is eliminated.
1938-1939
The ball will be thrown in from out of bounds at mid-court by the team shooting a free throw after a technical foul. Previously, the ball was put into play by a center jump after the technical free throw.
1939-1940
Teams have the option of taking a free throw or taking the ball at mid-court.
1942-1943
Any player who has yet to foul out, will be allowed to receive a fifth foul in overtime.
1944-1945

Defensive goal tending is banned.

1944-1945
Five personal fouls disqualifies a player; no extra foul is permitted in overtime.
1944-1945
Unlimited substitution is allowed
1944-1945
Offensive players cannot stand in the free throw lane for more than 3 seconds.
1948-1949
Coaches are allowed to speak to players during a timeout.
1951-1952
Games are to be played in four 10 minute quarters. Previously it was two 20 minute halfs.
1952-1953
Teams can no longer waive free throws and take the ball at mid court.
1954-1955
The one-and-one free throw is introduced allowing a player to take a second free throw if the first one is made.
1954-1955
Games are changed back to two 20 minutes halfs.
1955-1956
The two shot penalty in existence for the last 3 minutes of each half is eliminated; the one-and-one free throw exists for the whole game.
1956-1957
The free throw lane is increased from 6 feet to 12 feet.
1956-1957
On the lineup for a free throw, the two spaces adjacent to the end line must be occupied by opponents of the free thrower. In the past, one space was marked 'H' for the home team, and one 'V' for the visitors.
1956-1957
Grasping the rim is rule unsportsmanlike conduct.
1957-1958
Offensive goaltending is now banned.
1957-1958
One free throw for each common foul for the first six personal fouls in a half, and the one-and-one is used thereafter.
1967-1968
The dunk is made illegal during the game and during warmup
1972-1973
The free throw on the common foul for the first six personal fouls in a half is eliminated.
1972-1973
An official can charge a technical foul on a player for unsportsmanlike conduct if the official deems the player 'flopped' to get a charging call.
1972-1973
Freshman are now eligible to play varsity basketball
1973-1974
Officials can now penalize players away from the ball for fouls for acts such as holding, grabbing and illegal screens.
1976-1977
The dunk is made legal again.
1981-1982
The jump ball is eliminated except for the start of the first and second half, and overtime if necessary. An alternating arrow will indicate possession of the ball in jump-ball situations in a game.
1982-1983
When a closely guarded player is guarded for 5 seconds, a jump ball is no longer required. Instead a turnover is created and the ball goes to the other team.
1983-1984
Two free throws are issued if a foul occurs in the last two minutes of a half or in overtime.
1985-1986
The 45 second shot clock is introduced.
1985-1986
If a shooter is intentionally fouled and the basket is missed, the shooter will get two free throws and the team will get possession of the ball.
1986-1987
A three point shot was introduced at 19'9".
1987-1988
Each intentional personal foul carries two free throws and the team possession of the ball.
1990-1991
Beginning with the teams 10th foul in a half, two free throws are to be awarded for each personal foul.
1990-1991
Three free throws are awarded when a shooter is fouled from three point range and misses the shot.
1993-1994
The shot clock is reduced from 45 seconds to 35 seconds.
1993-1994
The game clock will be stopped with successful baskets in the last minute of each half and in the last minute of overtime, with no substitution permitted.
1993-1994
The five second rule regarding closely guarded players is eliminated.
1994-1995

Scoring is restricted to a tap-in when there is 0.3 seconds or less on the game clock.

1997-1998
The five second rule regarding closely guarded players is reinstated.
1997-1998
Timeouts can be made be players on the court or the head coach.
1998-1999
In a held ball situation initiated by the defense, the defense shall gain possession of the ball regardless of the possession arrow.
1999-2000
The held ball rule from 1998-1999 was rescinded.
2005-2006
Kicked balls will no longer reset the shot clock. If the violation occurs with less than 15 seconds, the clock will be reset to 15 seconds.
2006-2007
A timeout will not be recognized by an airborne player falling out of bounds.
2008-2009 Three point arc extended to 20' 9"
2008-2009 Eliminated first space nearest basket in the lane in the free throw shooting alignment (i.e. now only six players could stand next to the lane during a free throw instead of eight).
2008-2009 Referees may use instant replay to determine if a flagrant foul has been committed and who started the incident.

 

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