FIBA Panel Ponders Lowering Rims in Women's Basketball
Patrick Baumann, the secretary-general of FIBA, said before the bronze medal game of the world championship tournament, that the organization will test lowering the rims from the standard 10 feet in women's competitions, though he did not specify what a new height would be.
"The game as it is is a good game, but we have a large majority of women's basketball players that don't have that size and there are questions whether the game is as attractive as it really could be if you were able to play over the basket rather than under the basket," said Baumann, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee.
The discussion of lowering the rims emerged from a conference held in conjunction with the world championships in the Czech Republic to discuss possible changes and improvements to the game.
Baumann said the Italian federation is already playing with a lowered rim, though it's not used in official competition. The plan, Baumann said, is to find a number of national federations to test out a change before the international federation moves forward, with a worldwide change being at least four years off.
"If you want to see how it impacts the game, you have to figure out over a period of time -- you have to figure out the height, then try it in individual games, and then you have to try it over a prolonged period," said Baumann.
International rules and dimensions for women's basketball generally follow those for the men's game, with the exception of a smaller ball that has been in play in the United States for over 25 years.