From time to time I deviate from the normal path of this space and wonder what would happen if I were the king of the sport.

What would happen if I were simultaneously appointed commissioner of the four major American professional sports leagues, the NCAA and Indiana High School Sports?

And today feels like a good time to have a little fun with it.

So, here are some not-to-serious changes I’d make if I were on the throne of the kingdom of sports.

Basketball power plays.

I think when a team gets 10 team fouls in a half in high school and men’s college basketball, their opponents should have the option to get two free throws like they do now or to hold the offending team for 60 seconds. only allow four players to play .

The offense team would be allowed to choose which player on the floor would serve the penalty, and they would do so while sitting at the scorer’s table. When the 60 seconds are up, the player immediately runs back to the floor from the scorer’s table.

It would only happen once per half per team, but maybe it would encourage teams to stop fouling.

Collect throwing balls in strikes.

If you want to speed up baseball games and get them under 2 and a half hours, copious amounts of foul balls are an easy place to start.

An at bat would be the same as now, but would change if it came to two strikes. On two strokes, a batter may make two foul balls for free. The next foul ball would be the same as a swing and miss – the batter would be out.

It is not the pitcher’s fault that the batter cannot hit his pitches in fair territory. Don’t punish him for it.

The extra extra point.

If we keep going through kick-offs in football, let’s put something on it.

After a team scores a touchdown or field goal, and their kicker can kick off through the uprights, their team gives another point.

Net changes in volleyball.

I like to watch good volleyball. Two equally aligned teams can provide as much or more drama than any sport.

But I would spice it up even more.

What if instead of a net for the players to see through, what if we had a net of parachute material? What if it was made of burlap?

Your team would serve the ball and you would only be able to see the other team’s legs moving from side to side and would have no idea where the ball was until it appeared above the net.

Tennis grace rule.

Professional tennis needs a mercy rule.

In a five-set men’s match, if you don’t win more than 3 games in the first two sets, you don’t deserve to play in a third set.

Yes, I know, a player is never out of the game until the match point is won by the winner. But we need to see evidence that a comeback is possible. If you lose the first two sets 6-0, 6-0, your chances of coming back are nil and you’re wasting everyone’s time standing on the field even longer.

For a women’s match since they only play two out of three sets at the beginning I would set the rule that if you lose the first set with only one match to your name and are behind 3-0 in the second set -you’re done.

Here are some other possible additions to sports that can spice them up a bit.

Donuts and the Pole Vault: A donut could balance on the pole of the pole vault. If the vaulter can clear the bar and grab the donut along the way, they get 3 extra points.

Javelin Throw: We’ve all seen the javelin throw, mostly during the Olympics. What if we made the spear with a rubber tip and we have someone on the other end catching it? Call it “javelin throwing team”. You get extra distance for catching and distance is deducted if you don’t.

The same goes for shot put and discus throw. I would never consider doing away with those events, but what if we added a one-handed watermelon to it?

Only I think out loud.