The NCAA rules committee seems to have gotten it’s point across to the officials, at least in the first week of college basketball. The idea of “call the foul” is to increase scoring by allowing a more free flowing offense.
Being a high school basketball official I can confidently tell you that this can and will work eventually. High school officials have been instructed to make more of these calls in recent years and the data must have been positive for the NCAA to adopt the idea.
The college officials will find their groove midway through the season, as will the players. In time the teams will be able to adjust on the fly to how games are being called, they are just so used to having to be super physical to compete that they haven’t gotten around to using their feet just yet.
Through meetings and repetition the officials will find they are calling probably three to four a game that they can let go. Realistically, no one wants a touch foul, but realizing what is and what isn’t a good call with the stricter enforcement takes time and a few games.
With that said, I want to know what you college basketball fans out there are thinking about the way the games are being called. Do you love it (for the betterment of the game), do you hate it (no flow with too many whistles and you think it’s bad for the game) or do you not really care?