League Basketball Rules
Rules and Exceptions
games will be played under Federation\PIAA rules.
B. Exceptions and clarifications to Federation\PIAA
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
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
7. Head coach, not an assistant, may request a time out, but the
time out is granted only when a referee acknowledges the request.
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
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.
Game Management Notes
Referees will use abbreviated mechanics to keep the game moving.
Substitutes will be beckoned into the game by referees. Substitutes
will report to scorer’s table or a designated spot at half-court.
Taunting, profanity and “trash” talking will not be tolerated.
Referees are not required to warn a player or coach before assessing
a technical foul.
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)
Pressing, free zone, and other defensive restrictions.
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:
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.
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
– Point Shots
1. Three point shots are not counted in games using 8 ½’
2. Three point shots are counted in games using 10’ baskets
where the court has a three point line.
Half-Time: All grade levels have a 5 minute half-time.
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.
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.
supervisors will mediate all situations outside the authority of the
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,
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.