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League Rules

Malvern League Basketball Rules

 (Revised 6/1/05) 

I. Rules and Exceptions 

A. All games will be played under Federation\PIAA rules. 

            B. Exceptions and clarifications to Federation\PIAA rules. 

1. Four 10 minute quarters – running clock for the first 9 minutes of each quarter.  Clock stops for the last minute of each quarter, all time outs and unusual delays.  This is up to the discretion of the referee. 

2. One-and-One on the 7th team foul.  Two shots on the 10th team foul. 

3. Four Time-Outs for the regulation game and one additional time in overtime.

4. Each player is allowed six personal fouls.

5. All overtimes are 3 minutes long except for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade divisions which are 2 minutes long.

6. Only the head coach may stand and is restricted to an area covering the length of the bench from the first to last seat.  Do not block the scorekeeper’s vision.  All assistant coaches and bench players must remain seated except during time outs and between periods. 

7. Head coach, not an assistant, may request a time out, but the time out is granted only when a referee acknowledges the request.

8. During free throws, players cannot enter the free throw lane/circle until ball hits the rim.  Exception: for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade divisions, the free throw shooter must start behind free throw line and can “drift” over the foul line, but cannot rush down the lane for rebound.

9. Teams may begin the game with four players, but the opponent can still play with five.  Teams with less than 4 players will forfeit the game.

     II. Game Management Notes 

A. Referees will use abbreviated mechanics to keep the game moving.

B. Substitutes will be beckoned into the game by referees.  Substitutes will report to scorer’s table or a designated spot at half-court.

C. Taunting, profanity and “trash” talking will not be tolerated.  Referees are not required to warn a player or coach before assessing a technical foul.

D. Fighting (includes pushing, kicking, etc.) is an automatic ejection and 1 game suspension.  Second ejection for fighting is an automatic suspension from the league. (No refunds)

E. Pressing, free zone, and other defensive restrictions.

1. All games using 8 1/2’ baskets, which include 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and some 4th grade divisions, cannot press in the backcourt.

2. The 8 1/2’ basket divisions use the free zone rule:

Defense must stay behind the free zone line at all times with the exception of the last five minutes of the game.  During the last five minutes of the game the defense will be allowed to defend at half court.  Once the offense has penetrated the half court line, the defense will be allowed to defend in the entire front court.

3. For all games involving 4th grade teams using 10’ baskets and all 5th/6th grade teams, there is no pressing until the last five minutes of the game and overtime.  Also, a team in these divisions cannot press with a lead of 15 points or more.

4. All 7th and 8th grade divisions: No pressing by a team with a lead of 15 or more points.

5. All 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade divisions: No pressing by a team with a lead of 20 or more points.

 F. Three – Point Shots

      1. Three point shots are not counted in games using 8 ½’ baskets. 

      2. Three point shots are counted in games using 10’ baskets where the court has a three point line. 

G. Half-Time: All grade levels have a 5 minute half-time. 

H. All players must wear team color shirts with numbers on the back.  Any color shorts may be worn.  Shirts must be tucked in and short must be pulled up the waist.

      1. Writing on the shirts, cutting the sleeves or shirts, or altering the shirt in any way is not permitted.

      2. If a team wants to wear their own team shirts, it must be approved by Kevin McCarry prior to the season.

I. Gym supervisors will mediate all situations outside the authority of the game referees. 

J. Scheduled games and playoffs. 

1. All teams play a total of 10 games.

2. Teams in a playoff division will play 8 regular season games and 2 playoff games.

3. Teams in non-playoff divisions will play 10 regular season games, with no playoff games.

       III. Coach’s Responsibilities

A. Coaches must carry a set of rules with them at games.  It is suggested that both coaches meet briefly with referees prior to game for any questions or clarifications.

B. Coaches must supervise their team members before, during and after the game.

C. Coaches should supply basic first aid supplies, towels, ice, etc.

D. Coaches are to bring two basketballs for warm-ups.

E. Water bottles and sports drinks are not permitted in some gyms.  Gym supervisors will make coaches aware of rules at each gym.

F. Each player must play a minimum of 10 minutes per game.

G. Coaches are to provide a completed score sheet with names and jersey numbers to the scorekeeper prior to the game.

H. Please clean up your bench area during and after the game.

I.  Remind parents (spectators) to supervise all children while in the gym area.


Malvern League Hotline  610-431-6397

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Copyright November, 2004


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