When The Citadel basketball team takes to the basketball court in Canada on Monday in Windsor, Ontario, they will notice variations to the game that they have played for a large part of their life.
One of the differences between Canadian rules, which is governed by the Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball (FIBA), and that of the United States is when it comes to goaltending—as it is allowed in Canada. Goaltending comes into play when the ball no longer has a chance of going in (an air ball) or when it touches the rim. Once the ball touches the rim it is legal to tap or bat it off of the rim.
Another variance that will play a small role in the style of play for Chuck Driesell’s squad is the 24-second shot clock rule. This can both help and hurt the Cadets as they will be forced to get the offensive sets quicker, which also may result in more violations, but on the defensive end they can pressure the ball for less time and thus create more turnovers of their own.
Finally, the 3-point line will be a further shot for sharpshooters Matt Van Scyoc, Ashton Moore and Marshall Harris III, than that of McAlister Field House. According to FIBA rules the line is 22 feet, 1 inch, while the NCAA is 20 feet, 9 inch.
Here are some other interesting rules, outside the gymnasium that Citadel players and fans might find interesting for the trip to Canada, whose government was founded on July 1, 1867.
Strange Canadian Laws
1. It’s Illegal To Whistle in Petrolia, Ont.*
(A Petrolia city rep says this unusual law simply aims to limit excessive noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., but according to Article 3, 772.3.6 on the town’s website, “Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing is prohibited at all times.” Keep your enthusiasm to yourself, folks.)
2. It’s Illegal To Attach a Siren To Your Bike in Sudbury, Ont.*
(Since 1973, the only noise-makers Sudbury cyclists can attach to their bikes are bells and horns. Breaking noise bylaws in Sudbury can lead to fines up to $5,000.)
3. Don’t Pay With Too Much Change!*
(While it won’t make you a law breaker, according to Canada’s Currency Act of 1985 there are limits to the number of coins you can use in a transaction. If it’s nickels, vendors can say no to any purchase over $5, while the loonie limit is $25.)
4. Taxi Drivers Can’t Wear a T-Shirt in Halifax, N.S.*
(According to Halifax’s Regional Municipality Bylaws for Taxis and Limousines, number 42 a) stipulates drivers must wear shoes and socks, keep their attire in neat and tidy condition at all times, and absolutely cannot wear a t-shirt. Looks like summer is a whole lot hotter for cabbies in Halifax.)
5. It Was Illegal for Non-dark Soft Drinks to Contain Caffeine*
(Sprite, Mountain Dew and other non-dark soft drinks couldn’t contain caffeine, but that all changed in March 2010 with the advent of “energy drinks” like Redbull.)
6. Get Your Margarine Out of Here!*
(Few may remember this, but thanks to lobbying by dairy farmers it was illegal to sell butter-colored margarine in Ontario until 1995. In fact, margarine was altogether banned in Canada from 1886 to 1948 (there was a brief reprieve during WW1).
7. Keep Out of the Water in Toronto Harbor*
(According to the Toronto Port Authority, you can’t swim anywhere in the harbor that hasn’t been designated a swimming area by the City of Toronto.)
8. Keep Your Kids at Home in St. Paul, Alta.*
(St. Paul residents don’t have to worry about their kids sneaking out late at night. It’s against the law for anyone 15 or younger to loiter in a public place without supervision of a parent or guardian between 12:01 a.m. and 6 a.m.)
9. Citizens may not publicly remove bandages.
10. It is illegal to show public affection on Sunday.
11. Wooden logs may not be painted.
*According to http://www.readersdigest.ca