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WNBA adds two experimental rules to 2019 All-Star Game

Published on July 25, 2019


The WNBA will introduce two experimental rules for the 2019 All-Star Game Saturday. The game is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT in Las Vegas and will be televised on ABC.

The new rules as explained by the league:

20-Second Shot Clock

  • The shot clock will be shortened from 24 to 20 seconds. The shot clock will still reset to 14 seconds after an offensive rebound.

Live Play Substitutions

  • A limited number of player substitutions will be permitted during live play to 1) increase pace and 2) allow All-Stars to enter the game without waiting for a stoppage in play.
  • Each team can use up to one live play substitution per quarter, and only one player can be substituted at a time. o Live play substitutions can only be made by the offensive team.
  • A player cannot be substituted out while she is holding the ball.
  • A “Player Check-In Spot” will be designated near mid-court on the sideline as indicated by the arrows below. A player checking into the game during live play must stand on this spot, and be tagged in by a player leaving the court to prevent more than 5 players on the court at any time.
  • Player substitutions during game stoppages will take place per normal WNBA rules


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