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Basketball Rules - 2017/2018


Senior Division


1.     The game is comprised of 4 quarters with each quarter lasting for 10 minutes of running time.  Each quarter will be broken up into two 5-minute segments.  The clock will only stop during the last 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters.


2.     A team must have at least 4 roster players to start a game (a forfeit is declared if there are not available to start a game).  A team must have 4 or 5 players on the court during the game or the game will be declared a forfeit.


3.     Substitutions can only be made at the start of each 5-minute segment.  Players must play the entire 5-minute segment before leaving the game for a substitution.  Exceptions are for an injury or for a player who has fouled out.


4.     The timekeeper (a parent) will signal the referee as close to the 5 minute mark as possible without interfering with the flow of the game.  A whistle or a change of possession after a rebound is a good time to stop the clock.  A fast break or when the offensive team has control of the ball is not a good time to stop the clock.


5.     At the end of each segment, a time out is not in effect.  Subs must come in quickly and play resumes right away.


6.      There is a 1-minute break after the 1st and 3rd quarters and a 2-minute break at halftime.


7.     Each player present must play a specified number of game segments.  Segment playing time rules must be followed.  The Segment Play Chart will detail how many segments each player will play based on the number of players present at the game.  If a coach is found in violation of the Segment Play Chart, the game will be forfeited and the offending coach will be suspended one game.  If a second violation occurs during the season (including playoffs), the game will be forfeited, the offending coach will be removed from the league and the team will be eliminated from the post-season playoffs. 


8.     Segment playing time sheets must be written down and placed in the scorebook after each game.


9.     Players must play in each half with the exception of players who have arrived late (see rule below).


10.  Players who have received 5 personal fouls will be out of the game and cannot be reinserted into the game. Technical fouls on players also count as personal fouls against a player.


11. If a player fouls out (5 personal fouls), any other player may replace him.  If the player who has fouled out has more than one segment remaining to play, he must be replaced by a different player in each segment.


12. In an overtime game, coaches may place anyone on the court that they wish during the first overtime, provided that all players have played equal segments.  However, if the game goes into double overtime, any players on the bench, who have not fouled out, must go into the game. 


13. If a player arrives late for a game (after the 2nd segment has started), it is only necessary for him to play in 2 segments in the 2nd half.  However, he may play more if the coach sees fit to do so.


14. Players who continually miss practice will lose game playing time and risk suspension.


15. Each team will have 2 time outs per half.  Time outs will not be carried over from the first to the second half, or from the second half into overtime or from one overtime period to the next.


16. Overtime will be 2 minutes.  The clock will stop on each whistle.  One additional timeout will be given to each team in each overtime.  In overtime periods teams must play Man-to-Man defense. 


17. One and one fouls shots will occur on the 7th team foul in a half.  Two foul shots will be awarded after 10 team fouls in a half.


18. Teams may play Full Court defense at any time during the 4th and 8th segments, and any overtime periods if their lead is 10 points or less.


    19. Teams must play Man-to-Man defense during all segments for the entire season and playoffs.  Zone defenses are not allowed.

    20. Any player or coach who is ejected from a game will be suspended for the next game at a minimum and will not be allowed in the gym during the next game.  If the same player or coach is ejected from a 2nd game, the player or coach will be suspended for the next 2 games at a minimum or be removed from the team at the discretion of the Basketball Commissioner.