The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel during a virtual call Tuesday approved reducing the shot clock in women’s water polo to 30 seconds for the 2022-23 academic year. Previously, the shot clock was 35 seconds.
The Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Rules Subcommittee, which proposed the change, thinks a reduction in the women’s shot clock will reduce the holding and grabbing that occurs while the ball is in play.
The panel also approved a change to the penalty for simulation.
Starting next season, the penalty will be modified from a turnover when called on the offense and an exclusion foul when called on the defense to a team yellow card for the first offense by each team.
Subsequent calls for simulation on that team will be considered a minor act of misconduct by the offending player.