3rd and 4th Grade Rules

EQUIPMENT & COURT SPECIFICATIONS

Size of Ball: 28.5”

Height of Basket: 9’

Distance of 3 point Arc: N/A

Distance of Free Throw Line: 14’

GAME STRUCTURE

Game Length: 4 periods, 8-minute length

Over Time (OT) Length: 4 minute period until game decided

Time Between Periods: 1 minute, 1 minute between OT period(s)
Scoring: Free Throw 1 point, All Field Goals: 2 points (no 3 point field goals)

Timeouts: 2x 60 second timeouts per half, 1x 60 second timeout per OT

Game Possession: Coin Flip at start of game. Possession starts at throw-in at baseline

Game Tactics

Playing Time: Equal playing time in periods 1-3. Coach’s discretion in the 4th period and each extra period

Defense:  Only player-to-player defense throughout the competition

Pressing Defense: Player-to-player defense may be extended full court in the 4th period and each extra period (leading team may not extend the defense over half court when leading by 25 points or more)

Double-Team/Crowding: Double-team/crowding is not allowed throughout the competition

Stealing From the Dribbler: Coaches discretion throughout the competition

Game Play Rules

Backcourt Timeline: 10 seconds

Shot Clock: Not applicable

5 Seconds Closely Guarded: Only when offensive the player is holding the basketball

Clock Stoppage: On any dead ball

Length of Time for a Free-Throw: 10 seconds

Number of Players Permitted during Free Throw: Offense may have 3 players on the lane, including the shooter on Free-Throw Lane

               Defense may have 3 players on the lane

               Remaining players will be behind the 3-point arc

               Players in lane may not cross lane until shooter has released ball

               Shooter and players behind 3-point arc may not cross the line until ball hits the rim

Substitutions: Either team may substitute when the clock is stopped

DEFINITIONS

Player-to-Player Defense

Each player is responsible for guarding and moving with one offensive player. This requires the defensive player to move according to the offensive player’s movements with or without the ball.

The defensive player must stay on the same side of the court as the offensive player, divided by the rim line.

If an offensive player with the ball advances past their defensive player, another defender may rotate to guard that offensive player – switching is allowed.

Pressing Defense: Defensive guarding, either on or off the ball, within the backcourt.

Double-Team/Crowding: Two or more defensive players guarding a single offensive player.

 
5th thru 8th Grade

EQUIPMENT & COURT SPECIFICATIONS

Size of Ball: Girls size 28.5”, Boys size 29.5”

Height of Basket: 10’

Distance of 3 point Arc: 19’9”

Distance of Free Throw Line: 15’

GAME STRUCTURE

Game Length: 4 periods, 8-minute length

Over Time (OT) Length: 4 minute period until game decided

Time Between Periods: 1 minute, 1 minute between OT period(s)
Scoring: Free Throw 1 point,  Field Goals: 2 points, Field goals behind 3-point arc: 3 points

Timeouts: 2x 60 second timeouts in first half, 3 60 second timeouts in second half (max 2 timeouts in final 2 minutes of game), 1x 60 second timeout per OT.

Start of Game Possession: Jump Ball

Game Tactics

Playing Time: Coach’s discretion

Set Defense:  All allowed throughout the competition at coaches discretion

Pressing Defense: Pressing allowed throughout the competition. Leading team may not extend the defense over half court when leading by 25 points or more

Double-Team/Crowding: Allowed throughout the competition at coaches discretion

Stealing From the Dribbler: Coaches discretion throughout the competition

Game Play Rules

Backcourt Timeline: 10 seconds

Shot Clock: 30 seconds. Full shot clock reset on rebounds and fouls

5 Seconds Closely Guarded: Only when offensive the player is holding the basketball

Clock Stoppage: On any dead ball

Length of Time for a Free-Throw: 8 seconds

Number of Players Permitted during Free Throw: Offense may have 3 players on the lane, including the shooter on Free-Throw Lane

               Defense may have 3 players on the lane

               Remaining players will be behind the 3-point arc

               Players in lane may not cross lane until shooter has released ball

               Shooter and players behind 3-point arc may not cross the line until ball hits the rim

Substitutions: Either team may substitute when the clock is stopped

               Either team may substitute before the first free throw attempt or after the last free throw if made

               A non-scoring team may substitute after any field goal scored in the last 2 minutes of the 4th period and each extra period. If the non-scoring team substitutes the score team may also substitute.

Advancement of ball after a timeout: In the last 2 minutes of the 4th period and each extra period following after a Timeout a timeout, the ball will be inbounded from the offensive team’s frontcourt opposite the scorer’s table

DEFINITIONS

Player-to-Player Defense

Each player is responsible for guarding and moving with one offensive player. This requires the defensive player to move according to the offensive player’s movements with or without the ball.

The defensive player must stay on the same side of the court as the offensive player, divided by the rim line.

If an offensive player with the ball advances past their defensive player, another defender may rotate to guard that offensive player – switching is allowed.

Pressing Defense: Defensive guarding, either on or off the ball, within the backcourt.

Double-Team/Crowding: Two or more defensive players guarding a single offensive player.

 
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