The NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee has secured an official partnership with the Postseason WNIT to assess two experimental rule changes during the 2018 event, which tips off March 14.
This year’s tournament marks the 21st edition of the Postseason WNIT, a 64-team single-elimination event that has earned the trust of Division-I coaches, players and administrators around the nation. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has given full support for the rule changes to be explored in the 2018 tournament.
“Partnering with the WNIT is an extremely positive progression for women’s basketball. This partnership will provide the rules committee with great feedback on rules intended to better the game,” said Brad Duckworth, chair of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee and Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. “On behalf of the rules committee, we would like to thank the WNIT for their commitment to the future of women’s basketball.”
The Postseason WNIT, produced by Triple Crown Sports, is an ideal testing ground for evaluations involving women’s basketball, with 63 games on the schedule to help generate and observe real-time data.
The rules involve substitutions during free throws, and also how fouls will be treated (and when free throws are awarded) in loose-ball situations. Details are attached.
“The game of women’s basketball is in a great place. The opportunity for decision-makers to observe and evaluate experimental rules in game situations is invaluable,” said Danielle Donehew, Executive Director of the WBCA. “The WBCA community of coaches applauds the NCAA women’s basketball rules committee and the WNIT for their commitment to the future care of our sport.”
The official schedule for the 2018 Postseason WNIT, from Selection Day to the championship game, will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 24.
About Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing college and youth events for more than 30 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November. Triple Crown is also powering “WNIT” concept events in D-I softball (NISC) and volleyball (NIVC), with those two events debuting in 2017. TCS youth fastpitch tournaments (including the 1,000-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw the nation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.