NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2015 – The NBA Development League today announced rules changes for the 2015-16 season, including the limitation of the coach’s challenge to the end of the game and adjustments to the timeout format. Additionally, the “international goaltending” rule will no longer be utilized and the NBA’s goaltending rule will be in effect.
Entering its 15th season, the NBA D-League serves as a research and development lab for the NBA, testing rules, equipment and technological advancements. Prior to last season, the league implemented a number of experimental rules, including the innovative coach’s challenge and “advance” rules, both of which will be continued for this season.
The coach’s challenge rule allows coaches to challenge either called personal fouls charged to their own team or any play that is currently an NBA D-League replay trigger, other than flopping, and has been amended to permit only one challenge per team in the fourth quarter and each overtime period.
To initiate a challenge, a coach must call a legal timeout and immediately indicate to the officials that an event is being challenged. If the challenge is successful and the event is changed, the team will retain its timeout. The challenging team will be charged with the timeout if the challenge is unsuccessful and the call is unchanged.
Additional rules changes allow for teams to be allotted four full (two-minute) timeouts and three 30-second timeouts during regulation game play. A maximum of two 30-second timeouts, in addition to an “advance,” will be permitted during the final two minutes of regulation. Only the offensive team can call the second of consecutive timeouts, except in instances of injury, infection control and following an “advance.”
The 2015-16 NBA D-League season tips off on Nov. 12 with an all-time high 19 teams competing in a 50-game regular season.