Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Guru Musings on WNBA Injuries and Philly Summer League

By Mel Greenberg

When the Connecticut Sun took the floor against the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever and host of Wednesday night's Eastern Conference tilt at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, it could have been billed as a chess match considering the number of pieces already off the board for each side due to injuries.

The two longtime rivals aren't the only ones affected by injuries and other issues at the moment, such as the Chicago Sky having to go the month without former Rutgers star and high scorer Epiphanny Prince, who is playing with the Russian National Team.

The negative effect on the league's product has many tweeting, etc., clamouring for the return of the 13-player roster, a size cut back to 11 several years ago as a cost-saving move when the overall economy went south.

Furthermore replacement are limited to when a squad gets down to eight otherwise the team has the option to cut an injured player at nine or above to sign a replacement.

However, the Guru recalls many teams taking advantage of that total to sometimes park players with injuries that seemed suspect and the Guru knows of several players never that seriously hurt who saw scant minutes of playing time for as long as they lasted in the league.

At the season opener before in a discussion of the issue before the New York Liberty tipped off at Connecticut, the Guru and AP national writer Doug Feinberg for women's basketball -- college and the WNBA besides international competition such as the Olympics -- chatted a bit about roster size with new Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer, who returns to the league for the first time since leaving the former three-time WNBA champion Detroit Shock at the outset of the 2009 season.

Laimbeer, as well as several other coaches, say 12 would do the trick because besides easing the havoc caused by injuries practices could be run without being shorthanded.

Look for this debate to continue throughout the season.

Philly Summer League Opens Next Tuesday

The Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Women's Summer Basketball League opens next Tuesday night for competition also on Thursday nights returning to the Kelly Bolish Gym in Hatboro near the Route 611 exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Willow Grove Business Park.

The entrance to get to the home of the AAU Renegades at the end of the drive is off Davisville Road right nearf the intersection with Byberry Road.

The Guru for the most part plans to move coverage from here over to his local Philahoopsw.com site to accomodate photos assuming he can find a photographer.

Over there the rosters of an expansion from 12 to 13 teams are already listed along with the schedule, whose display needs a little clarity in display but for now is still clear enough to figure out.

The Guru will always flash an alert on his twitter @womhoopsguru when a new post involving action is posted. He should be on the scene most nights except when covering a WNBA game, though he will be given the summaries afterwards for posting purposes whether near or4 far.

After the July 4 week a couple of Wednesday's will be shoe-horned in to make up for nights that will be dark during the holiday week.

Because there's no photo display supporting the two files right now simply click on the headlines for the roster and schedule to read both of them.

There is a third element, which is the preamble of David Kessler, beginning his 20th season as commissioner.

The Guru will now list that item below and Kessler's email address is on the end of the his bylaws report.

PHILADELPHIA/SUBURBAN WOMEN’S NCAA SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE 2013 BY-LAWS

1-Games will consist of 20 minute halves. Clock stops on the following:
Timeouts
Shooting fouls
Substitutions
Every whistle in the last 2 minutes of each half
Every basket in the last minute of the game
Overtime periods will be 3 minutes. Clock will stop on every whistle in the last 2 minutes and on every basket in the last minute.
Each team receives 5 time-outs per game.
“1 & 1” is on the 7th foul of the half. On the 10th foul of the half, the other team receives 2 foul shots.
Because there is no shot clock, the league will be playing 10 seconds in the backcourt and “closely guarded” in the frontcourt.

2-There is a 15 minute forfeit time for the FIRST game only! Players must be on the court ready to play by 7:15.

THERE IS NO GRACE PERIOD FOR THE 8:15 GAME!
TEAM WILL FORFEIT IF THEY ARE NOT ON THE COURT READY TO PLAY BY 8:15!

3-PLAYERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PLAY WITHOUT THE OFFICIAL LEAGUE SHIRT!
As a courtesy there will be an extra shirt in each color at the game site. Shirt must be returned to the scorer’s table after the game. If you lose your shirt you must purchase a new one. Fee $20.00.

4-PLAYERS AND COACHES MUST BE FAIR TO EACH MEMBER OF THEIr TEAM WITH PLAYING TIME!!!

5-ALL PLAYERS, COACHES, AND SPECTATORS ARE EXPECTED TO BEHAVE IN A SPORTSMANLIKE MANNER BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE GAME! FIGHTING, ABUSE OF REFEREES OR LEAGUE OFFICIALS CAN RESULT IN SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION FROM THE LEAGUE!


Technical foul rule:
First “T” no penalty
Second “T” one game suspension
Third “T” two game suspension
Fourth “T” expulsion from the league

6-8 teams make the playoffs and individual awards are given to the League winner, the Playoff winner, and the Playoff runner-up.

7-This is an NCAA certified league. Division I players must submit a letter of permission from their Athletic Director before league play begins. Division I players may play with only one college team mate (incoming freshmen do not count towards the total)

8-League Director will have final say in all matters not covered in the by-laws.

David Kessler, League Director
deucedbk@comcast.net



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