NEW YORK – The WNBA will implement three special rules for use solely during the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game set for Saturday, July 15 at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas (ABC, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET)
The special rules, first implemented for the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game in Chicago for the purpose of providing added excitement and an enhanced pace of play, are as follows:
- Four circles – two at each end of the court – will be placed above the current three-point line (22 feet, 1.75 inches from the center of the rim) at a distance of 28-feet from the rim.
- Each circle shall be designated as the 4-point shot area.
- Any shot made by a player who has contact within the 4-point circle upon attempting the shot will be credited as four points.
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.
Automatic Points for Free-Throw Attempts: “No Free-Throws”
- In circumstances that would require a player to shoot free throw(s), the player will automatically be credited with the maximum available point(s) given the situation. In such cases, the box score will reflect the appropriate number of free-throws as attempted and as made.
- The only time in which players will physically attempt a free throw will be during the last two minutes of the fourth quarter and during the entirety of any overtime period(s).