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Basketball Rules

 

Basketball

U6

(ages 4-5)

U8

(ages 6-7)

U10

(ages 8-9)

U12

(ages 10-11)

U14

(ages 12-13)

Ball size

27.5 or 28.5

27.5" or 28.5"

28.5"

28.5"

28.5"

Rim Height

8ft

8ft

9ft

10ft

10ft

Court Size

Half Court

- 2 hoops

Half Court

- 2 hoops

Half Court

- 2 hoops

Full Court

Full Court

Game length

10 min halves

12 min halves

14 min halves

14 min halves

14 min halves

Half time

1 minute

1 minute

1 minute

1 minute

1 minute

Officiating

By coach

Referee

Referee

Referee

Referee

Blocking shots

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stealing off dribble

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Stealing off pass

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Man to man defense

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Zone defense

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Timeouts

2/game

2/game

2/game

2/game

2/game

Playoffs

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Score kept

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full court defense

No

No

Last two minutes

of half

Last two minutes

of half

Last two minutes

of half

Overtime

No

No

In playoffs

Shootout

In playoffs

Shootout

In playoffs

Shootout

 

 

U6 DIVISION (ages 4-5)

General Rules:

  • Games will be officiated and run by the two coaches.
  • Halftime is one minute long
  • Coaches are allowed on the court
  • Games will be played half court (with 2 hoops) with two 10-minute halves.
  • Each team will place 5 players on the court.
  • Game begins with a jump ball.
  • Rim height is 8ft
  • The official ball size 27.5″ but a 28.5” ball may be used in games if both coaches agree prior to tipoff
  • Teams bring their own game ball and warm-up balls
  • Teams warm up on the outside courts and must come prepared to start on time
  • No tournament for this division

Clock and Timeouts:

  • A running clock is used
  • Clock starts at scheduled start time and not at tipoff
  • Substitutions must be made during dead balls and take no longer than 30 seconds
  • Two timeouts per game
  • Timeouts during regular time are to be no longer than one minute and clock continues to run
  • Timeouts called during the last two minutes of the game are 30 seconds long and clock is stopped
  • Each team may only use one timeout during the last two minutes of the game.

Defense:

Illegal defenses:

  • No full or half-court presses.  After a team scores, they must immediately run down and set up for defense.
  • Only one player may defend the ball carrier.  Swarming the ball carrier is not permitted.
  • No stealing or swiping at the ball.  Ball carriers must be allowed to dribble the ball.
  • Defensive players may not swat the ball during a shot.
  • Deliberate physical contact to gain possession is prohibted - no elbowing, shoving or 'body checking' other players
  • No bear-hug defenses
  • No zone defense 

Accepted defenses:

  • Defenders may steal a pass after it has left the passers hands
  • Defend with the body and with arms extended straight up or out
  • Body shadowing a ball carrier is accepted to prevent the ball carrier from dribbling toward the basket.

 

U8 DIVISION (ages 6-7)

General Rules:

  • Games will be played half court - with 2 hoops - with two 12-minute halves.
  • Halftime is one minute
  • Coaches are not allowed on the court
  • Each team will place 5 players on the court.
  • Game begins with a jump ball.
  • Rim height is 8 ft
  • The official ball size 27.5″ but a 28.5” ball may be used if that’s what both teams agree on prior to to tipoff.
  • Teams bring their own game ball and warm-up balls
  • Teams warm up on the outside courts and must come prepared to start on time
  • Shots behind the 3pt line are counted as 3 points
  • No tournament for this division

Clock and timeouts:

  • A running clock is used
  • Clock starts at scheduled start time and not at tipoff
  • Substitutions must be made during dead balls and take no longer than 30 seconds
  • Two timeouts per game
  • Timeouts during regular time are to be no longer than one minute and clock continues to run
  • Timeouts called during the last two minutes of the game are 30 seconds long and clock is stopped
  • There is no overtime for tied games.

Defense:

Illegal defenses:

  • No full or half-court presses.  After a team scores, they must immediately run down and set up for defense.  
  • Only one player may defend the ball carrier.  Swarming the ball carrier is not permitted.
  • No zone defense.  Must be man-to-man
  • No stealing or swiping at the ball.  Ball carriers must be allowed to dribble the ball.
  • Defensive players may not swat the ball during a shot.
  • Deliberate physical contact to gain possession is prohibted - no elbowing, shoving or 'body checking' other players

Accepted defenses:

  • Man-to-man defense 
  • Defenders may steal a pass after it has left the passers hands
  • Defend with the body and with arms extended straight up or out
  • Body shadowing a ball carrier is accepted to prevent the ball carrier from dribbling toward the basket.

 

U10 Division (ages 8-9)

General Rules:

  • Games will be played half court - with 2 hoops - with two 14 minute halves.
  • Each team will place 5 players on the court
  • Coaches are not allowed on the court and must coach from their own sideline
  • Game begins with a jump ball
  • Rim height is 9ft
  • The official ball size 28.5″ but an adult-size ball may be used if both teams agree prior to tipoff
  • Teams bring their own game ball and warm-up balls
  • Teams warm up on the outside courts and must come prepared to start on time
  • A 1-for-2 foul shot will be implemented for fouls on shots (one foul shot worth 2 pts)
  • Referees may call an And 1 if a foul is committed on a shot and the shot is made. The foul shot will be one shot for one point.
  • Shots behind the 3pt line are counted as 3 points
  • Tournaments are typically played during the last two weeks of the season and vary depending on the number of teams in the division.
  • In the event of a tie during tournament and championship games, there will be a 3 on 3 shootout from the foul line
  • During regular season games, there is no overtime for ties. 

Clock and Timeouts:

  • A running clock is used
  • Clock starts at scheduled start time and not at tipoff
  • Substitutions must be made during dead balls and take no longer than 30 seconds
  • 2 timeouts per game
  • Timeouts during regular time are to be no longer than one minute and clock continues to run
  • Timeouts called during the last two minutes of the game are 30 seconds long and clock is stopped
  • Each team may only use one timeout during the last two minutes of the game.

Defense:

Illegal defenses: 

  • After a team scores, they must immediately run down and set up for defense.  No full or half-court presses except for last two minutes of the half.
  • Only one player may defend the ball carrier. Swarming the ball carrier is not permitted
  • No stealing or swiping at the ball from a dribbler. Ball carriers must be allowed to dribble the ball
  • Deliberate physical contact to gain possession is prohibted - no elbowing, shoving or 'body checking' other players

Accepted defenses: 

  • Man-to-man and zone defenses (2-3 and 3-2 only) are allowed
  • Defenders may block shots
  • Defenders may steal a pass after it has left the passers hands 
  • Defending with the body and with arms extended straight up or out 
  • Body shadowing a ball carrier is accepted to prevent the ball carrier from dribbling toward the basket.

 

U12 (ages 10-11) & U14 (AGES 12-13)

General rules:

  • Games will be played full court with two 14 minute halves.
  • Each team will place 5 players on the court
  • Coaches are not allowed on the court and must coach from their own sideline
  • Game begins with a jump ball
  • Rim height is 10ft
  • The official ball size 28.5″ but an adult-size ball may be used if both teams agree prior to tipoff
  • Teams bring their own game ball and warm-up balls
  • Teams warm up on the outside courts and must come prepared to start on time
  • A 1-for-2 foul shot will be implemented for fouls on shots (one foul shot worth 2 pts)
  • Referees may call an And 1 if a foul is committed on a shot and the shot is made. The foul shot will be one shot for one point.
  • Shots behind the 3pt line are counted as 3 points
  • Referees may call 3 seconds in the key when applicable
  • Ball handler has 10 seconds from inbound to cross the half court line
  • Tournaments are typically played during the last two weeks of the season and vary depending on the number of teams in the division.
  • In the event of a tie during tournament and championship games, there will be a 3 on 3 shootout from the foul line.
  • During regular season games, there is no overtime for ties. 

Clock and Timeouts:

  • A running clock is used
  • Clock starts at scheduled start time and not at tipoff
  • Substitutions must be made during dead balls and take no longer than 30 seconds
  • 2 timeouts per game
  • Timeouts during regular time are to be no longer than one minute and clock continues to run
  • Timeouts called during the last two minutes of the game are 30 seconds long and clock is stopped
  • Each team may only use one timeout during the last two minutes of the game.

Defense:

  • Defense can be played man-to-man or zone (all zones accepted)
  • Defenders may steal the ball at any time
  • Defenders may block all shots
  • Deliberate physical contact to gain possession is prohibted - no elbowing, shoving or 'body checking' other players
  • A team must run and set up on defense after:
  • Scoring a basket
  • Missing a basket and losing the rebound
  • Full-court, half-court and swarm presses are only allowed in the last 2 minutes of a half