Lorenzo Romar wants you to explain the NCAA’s block-charge rule to him.
But the Washington coach asked a small group of reporters if anyone understood the block-charge call to illustrate the new rule is confusing. In the video (above), Romar gives a quick demonstration of what is a legal block and charge.
Honestly, I’ve watched it five times and I still don’t understand.
“We got to figure that one out,” he said and it’s not entirely clear if he’s talking about the Huskies or every NCAA team. “That’s going to be a tough one. The officials admit in the beginning of the year, block-charges will probably go 70-80 (percent) where it’s a block. We have to figure that one out.”
A big part of Washington’s defense requires players to recognize when to switch and then quickly move into place to deny the ball handler a path to the basket. The Huskies chart charges and value them perhaps more than any other defensive statistic.
Under Romar, Washington has historically been a ball-hawking team that applies lots of on-ball pressure. The personnel didn’t allow the Huskies to do that the past two seasons and it appears the new hand-checking rule will also water down UW’s defensive pressure on the perimeter.
Romar said the new defensive changes could change the game much like the three-point shot and the shot clock.