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Old Mon Jul 02, 2007, 07:34pm
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Question Real rule change time!

Below are Dr. Naismith's original 13 rules of basketball. If you had the power, which one(s) that are no longer in place would you like to see brought back? My personal favorite is number 9. Yeah - that would be a lot of fun! I'm not sure I like the part of number 11 which would require the referee to also keep the time. YUCCH!

1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.

2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).

3. A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed if he tries to stop.

4. The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it.

5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed.

6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of Rules 3,4, and such as described in Rule 5.

7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the mean time making a foul).

8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.

9. When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on that side.

10. The umpire shall be judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.

11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.

12. The time shall be two 15-minute halves, with five minutes' rest between.

13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.
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Old Mon Jul 02, 2007, 07:40pm
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Hey, I'd keep time.

I really think that the NBA should consider adopting rule #3-"A player cannot run with the ball." .
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Old Mon Jul 02, 2007, 08:10pm
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I'd like #10, but only if the umpire could be judge of the women for women's games.
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Old Mon Jul 02, 2007, 09:54pm
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Originally Posted by Jurassic Referee
Hey, I'd keep time.
Ah one and ah two...

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Old Tue Jul 03, 2007, 12:02am
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I like the following:

Games would go much more quickly with fewer fouls. And if, God forbit, my partner screwed up and we ended up in OT, it's at least sudden death. And, it could be decided by three consecutive fouls by one team if neither team is able to actually make a goal on their own.
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