BFI to implement the Instant Replay System

Updated - March 29, 2016 03:38 pm IST

Published - August 16, 2015 11:38 pm IST - HYDERABAD

What the DRS is to cricket, the IRS (Instant Replay System) will be to basketball. Primarily to eliminate human error in officiating, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will implement the IRS in the coming season.

Introduced by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for the first time last year in the game’s over 100 year history, the BFI held a clinic in this regard for players and officials during the last National championships at Bhilwara, Rajasthan, in January. “This was to enable players and officials from all states assembled for the country’s premier event learn the latest rules and avoid their misinterpretation,” FIBA commissioner Norman Isaac told The Hindu .

It works as follows: An IRS official, sometimes seated with table officials, monitors the action based on live footage from six cameras set up at strategic locations around and above the court. Replay reviews are conducted after gathering as much information as possible from valid sources. While decision-making will be collective, powers are vested with the referee to deliver the verdict.

Whether a review is required in the first place will be his choice. The revaluation must be conducted as fast as possible, during which no unauthorised person must have access to the IRS Visual Display Unit. After the assessment, the referee shall make known his decision in front of the scorer’s table, which, if necessary, will be communicated to the two teams’ coaches.

In case of disagreement, the referee may consult the umpire(s), table officials and the commissioner, if he is present, to take a final decision.

“The call made by the officials during play will be changed only when the replay provides the officials with clear and conclusive visual evidence to do so. They will be binding on the contest, its scores and result,” added Isaac, also the chairman of BFI’s Technical Commission.

In FIBA’s constant quest to keep pace with the changing times, this innovation will have far reaching implications. The review process will extend to a) end of period or extra period, b) last two minutes of the fourth quarter or extra period, c) any given time during the contest.

To find out whether a field goal attempt is successful, a check is made on whether the ball is released before any foul is called, or game or shot clock signals are sounded. The vigil will also be on violations concerning the shot clock, the eight-second limit and the area of play.

Also under IRS purview will be whether a field goal was a two or three-pointer, who the last player was to cause the ball to go out of bounds, identifying the correct free throw shooter and those involved in fights or leaving the bench area, and the appropriate penalty to be handed out. It will also ensure the main game clock does not stop after the officials blow the whistle, and it does not start running before the ball is in play to define how much time actually expired and how much remains in the period.

Similarly, the shot clock does not stop after the officials blow the whistle, nor does the main game clock start running before the ball is in play for the same reasons as above.

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