Art. 39 – Fighting

Proposed new rule

Art. 39.2.1

Substitutes, excluded players or accompanying delegation members who leave the team bench area during a fight, or during any situation which may lead to a fight, shall be disqualified.

Reason for change

To penalise team bench members for leaving the team bench area during the fight on the court differently (whether they are actively involved in the fight or not).

Existing rules

For reference, before 39.2.1 was added Art.39.2 says:

Art 39.2.2

Only a head coach and/or first assistant coach are permitted to leave the team bench area during a fight, or during any situation which may lead to a fight, to assist the officials to maintain or to restore order. In this situation, they shall not be disqualified.

Art 39.2.3

If a head coach and/or first assistant coach leave the team bench area and neither assist nor attempt to assist the officials to maintain or to restore order, they shall be disqualified.