I think the rule that needs to be enforced is the handcheck. If they start calling this it would allow a more free flowing game and allow for more cuts and dribble penetration.
OT: The Charge Call needs to go
the charge, particularly for off-ball defenders.
NCAA should revisit many areas to clean up the game, such as:
#1 The 5-second call should shift to a 3-second call. With the 3-point shot giving teams an advantage to NOT execute plays near the basket, a 3-second call would reward D for play away from the basket.
#2 "Super bonus" in the last 2 minutes to stop the late game hack festivals. The 3-point shot rewards the defense for fouling excessively late in the game to trade 3 or 2 pts. If a team commits >2 fouls in a running 30 second duration, then reward 3 free throws or 2 and the ball.
#3 Palming has become ridiculous. Kids carry the ball all the time and the only call is a clear hesitation dribble. Again, a 3-second call would reward defenders if the O can carry the ball.
In a review of last year's NCAA tournament, the NCAA coordinator of officials found that while officials got 90% of all calls correct, they only got 65% of the block/charge calls correct, with the main problem being the over-calling of charges. If you look at those numbers, missed block/charge calls likely constitute over half of the total missed calls in the NCAA tournament. Now, they've issued new guidelines that essentially say "call fewer charges" apparently, but I haven't seen much effect this season. The main problem is that the call is really, really hard, and referees tend to favor the guy who gets run over, even if he's moving, over the guy initiating the contact, even if he's making more of a basketball play than the defender.
I'd be happy with a lot more no calls.
I've been saying this for ages. In a game that is usually decided by 3 or 4 possessions, you can't have a rule on the books that refs get wrong 2-3 times per game. Just make it illegal to use your hands on defense and your shoulder/elbow on offense and the rest is up to how well you can defend, not how well you can fall down. Who's going to complain about that? Anderson Varejao? Aaron Craft because he can't guard players twice his size anymore?
Edit: Oh, and I forgot the best part. The game doesn't stop every 15 seconds anymore so it's more fun to watch.
The problem is the "as long as" in your statement. It means you can't get rid of blocking and charging altogether. Instead you have to rewrite the rules. That wouldn't simplify anything. There have to be some rules, and what we've got now is simple enough.
I think most fans are suffering from some version of Stockholm Syndrome about bad officiating just being part of the game.
That "as long as" part he typed up would be the rule, and it's a simpler rule. You'll need to elaborate if you think a simpler rule wouldn't simplify anything.
As a high school player, I see charges as the perfect solution to the guys that think they can just put their head down and get to the basket leading to a layup or free throws. It rewards guys who hustle to the spot and sacrifice their body. Not everyone has the guts to take a 200 pound blow.
If the game was played the way you think it should be. Then why not just run down the lane everytime you get the ball? Just run the guy over. It could be a 3 point play every posession.
While the OP is getting negged into obliviion, I actually like the discourse.
My 2 cents:
(1) The block/charge cannot be eliminated as a call. It's part of the game, albeit a frutrating part of the game. I blame Bill Laimbeer - and I was a Pistons fan growing up (can't pay me to watch an NBA game now!) - for excessive theatrics and mounting hatred of players who thrive on taking charges.
(2) At the risk of going all-out Herm, I would argue that the block/charge call has become more frequent in recent years due to basketball fundamentals, or lack thereof. I have no statistics to prove this, so it's just my gut instinct. I don't see a lot of players who know how to execute a controlled jump stop while driving into traffic. Case in point: UW's T. Jackson and B. Brust both drove into the lane area against us on separate occasions, stopped under control with both feet and executed nice pump fakes. Jackson converted a 3 footer. Brust didn't. If a defender were directly in front of them, both players would not have been in a position to charge. I applauded these moves, even if they were from opposing players. Most players just aren't good at doing that, and as my wife can attest, I constantly nag on them for not executing jump stops and pump fakes.
Going up against a shot blocker or potential charge-taker when driving into the lane? Follow this formula:
(1) Drive under control.
(2) Jump stop with two feet. See Mom...no charge!
(3) Hard pump fake. Watch the pogo stick defender jump high. Or jump shot over the stationary defender trying to take a charge*.
(4) Shoot. Hit the 3-footer, or get fouled.
*If they're too tall to shoot over with extended arms, they just played good defense. Kick out the ball or find a cutter and live to fight another day.
OP is getting harped on a bit for making the claim Charges should be banned. I don't think he honestly means that but he has a point about the "call" in general. It's ridiculously inconsistent and preaches, not neccesarily bad defense, but poorer played defense by weakside help. Again, OP isn't talking about the ball-defender. He's primarily talking about the slide/step-in charge where a player comes in way too late while an offensive player has already committed to attacking the hoop.
It's a reason why our Michigan guys are unable to attack and have settled for jumpshots the past couple years. THJ's shooting has been great but I'd still like to see him get to the rack more often. He doesn't, partially, because he's been hampered by tacky charge calls once too often.
Not all charge calls are tacky, I'm not here to claim that. But they are hampering the way offensive players play. Years ago one had to be established in his spot to take a charge. That seems to be what has changed the most, the time one has been allowed to establish his spot before the offensive player contacts him. It's now down to a bout a quarter-of-a-second. It used to be rougly a full second. It's a tacky way to eliminate good offensive plays -again, not always but often enough in today's game.
Cannot disagree more. It is the only thing which makes it possible for a normal sized player to defend against a 7 foot tall mammoth.