General Division Rules & Details
Playing Time Guarantee: ALL players must play a minimum of 50% of the minutes of the first half of game. In the second half, the only requirement is that each player play a minimum of 4 consecutive minutes (running or stopped clock).
*Exception* Playing Time guarantee is suspended for players who do not regularly attend practice. (There is a process for reaching this point and coaches are required to consult with League GM prior to enforcing this policy)
Individual fouls are tracked w/ DQ @ 5 Fouls
A team is in the Bonus during either half if the opposing team has committed 5 Fouls or more. A team in the bonus shoots a one-and-one until the 10th foul on the opposing team. Double Bonus is achieved at 10th foul and only achievable in 2nd Half
17 Minute Halves (18 Minute 3rd Grade and Up)
Running Clock First 12 Minutes (or First 13 for 3rd Grade and Up) – Stop Clock on:
- Free Throws
- Time Outs
Last 5 Minutes of First Half: Both Teams automatically in Bonus (For scorekeepers, maintain foul count. Example: Team A may only have committed 3 team fouls when hitting last 5 minutes. In order to get to Double Bonus, they still must commit 7 more team fouls).
- Common Foul: 1-and-1
- Shooting Foul: 2 Shots
- Stop Clock on
- Any Free Throws
- Time Outs
- (No stop clock on standard violations, out of bounds, etc)
Technical Fouls: 2 Shots and ball. All other officiating policy will generally be governed by NFHS rules.
Running Clock – First 12 minutes (or First 13 for 3rd Grade and Up). Stop Clock on:
- Shooting Fouls
- Time Outs
Last 5 Minutes of Second Half: Both Teams automatically in Bonus (For scorekeepers, maintain foul count. Example: Team A may only have committed 3 team fouls when hitting last 5 minutes. In order to get to Double Bonus, they still must commit 7 more team fouls).
- Common Foul: 1-and-1 (until opposition reaches 10 fouls)
- Shooting Foul: 2 shots (unless shooter is fouled beyond 3 point line)
- Stop Clock on
- Every Whistle
Man to man defense is required – referees will enforce, up to and including a ruling of a turnover. Officials will work with players to ensure that defenders are guarding individual players.
- Help side defense and switching is allowed. Fundamental positioning away from the ball is allowed. Coaches are required to actively ensure his/her players are attempting to maintain man-to-man principles (though we know that’s not always easy!)
No Pressing/Trapping. In last 5 minutes of the game, teams may extend man to man defense to full court (see division exceptions)
Stealing is allowed/not allowed according to the division.
2 timeouts per half, 45 seconds. Use or lose
Substitutions will receive a 20 second stopped clock to get players in and new defensive assignments established
- Court dimensions are slightly narrow – therefore officials are less likely to call minor boundary violations (a toe across a baseline/sideline) if these occur within the normal course of player movement. The exception is if a defender’s legal guarding position forces an offensive player to alter direction which takes them out of bounds. League rules are intended to reward sound defensive or offensive play.
- Blocked shots are allowed.
- Officials will work with younger division players to remind them of basics – initial warnings will be given for minor infractions during the first 3 games of the year. All significant common violations (running with the ball – multiple double-dribble, carrying, etc) will be called. Officials will be active in helping players adjust. Over the course of the year, games will be called tighter as players develop.
*Boys/Girls 3rd-6th grade – all violations will be called from the start of the season – players will adjust.
- Games will be routinely officiated “tight,” meaning we want to encourage free offensive movement while teaching defenders how to move their feet. Coaches must teach players to adjust to officials rather than expecting officials to adjust to players.
Referees do reserve the right at their discretion to make corrective decisions in the event of unsportsmanlike play but will work closely with coaches and players to avoid.