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NCAA.com | June 25, 2015

Media timeout format approved for TV games

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new media timeout format for televised women’s basketball games.

Beginning next season, media timeouts will occur at the first dead ball at or below the five-minute mark of each period and at the end of the first and third periods. Additionally, the first team-called timeout of the second half will become a media timeout.

In the new four-quarter format, teams will have four timeouts (three 30-second timeouts and one 60-second timeout). A team may use the 60-second timeout at the discretion of the coach during the first or second half of the game. Teams will be allowed to carry over three of those timeouts into the second half. Each team will be awarded one 30-second timeout in each overtime period, plus any unused timeouts remaining from the second half.

In non-televised games, teams will have five timeouts (three 30s and two 60s). Four of the timeouts can carry over to the second half.

The panel also approved a proposal that allows officials to use zeroes on the shot clock, in addition to the hearing the shot clock horn, to determine if a shot clock violation occurred at any point in the game.

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